Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
9/27/2003 11:42:40 PM
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HE was recently caught up in a shooting drama in New Jersey which police say may have been another attempt on his life.
So even though the Royal Albert Hall is a world away from the hotel parking lot where the fracas occurred 50 Cent wasn't taking any chances.
The 26-year-old rapper hired ex-SAS men to guard him at last night's Mobo Awards where he picked up three gongs - for Best Hip-Hop Act, Best Album and Best Single - and for his gig later at Wembley Arena.
Several man-mountains had already been assigned to the star - who'd been detained at Heathrow for four hours by immigration officials - but 50 felt there weren't enough, especially after hearing about the trouble that has dogged the Mobos in recent years.
With money no object, aides drafted in the toughest men they could find to look after the star, who has been shot nine times and never goes out without his bullet-proof vest. "50 and his people wanted security staff who had local knowledge of London and they wanted them to have a military background," reveals an insider.
"With so many attempts made on his life in the past, security is his top priority. He is a one-man industry worth millions and the people around him want to ensure he is given the best-quality protection.
"Just hearing that he now takes such measures should act as a deterrent to anyone wanting to take a pop at him."
That said, the big wuss refused to walk down the red carpet and through metal detectors like other celeb guests. The scaredy-cat insisted on sneaking in the back way to have his body search conducted in private, and in front of his ridiculous posse...who wore bandanas covering their faces, cowboy style.
The presence of so much armed security didn't stop 50, real name Curtis Jackson, celebrating beating his mentor Eminem in the Best Hip-Hop Act category. Bu
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