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50 Cent bringing real life gangster drama to TV

50 Cent is extending his foothold in the TV industry with the launch of a new show based on real life gangsters who funded a music business.

The musician and executive producer of hit Starz show Power announced he is planning a new show about infamous crime organisation the Black Mafia Family (BMF). BMF was a powerful drug trafficking organisation who also launched their own drug-funded music business called BMF Entertainment, before its downfall in 2005.


50, real name, Curtis Jackson, shared the news with his followers in a post on social media. “From the executive producer of POWER Curtis (50cent) Jackson and Randall Emmett is bringing B.M.F To the screen,” 50 Cent wrote on Instagram on Thursday (07Jul16). “This Tv series is gonna blow you away. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO.”


BMF was started by two brothers - Demetrius, also known as Big Meech, and Terry Flenory, known as Southwest T - from Detroit who started selling drugs in the late '80s and over a period of 10 years, they grew their street trade into a reported $250 million empire that at one time reportedly controlled the distribution of cocaine into at least three major cities.


Rapper Bleu DaVinci was the only known member of the label, but BMF also reportedly played a significant role in the early career of Jay Z collaborator Young Jeezy, who rapped: “I know Big Meech, the real Big Meech,” for the remix of Rick Ross single Hustlin'.


The 41-year-old didn't reveal any other details of the project, but fans of his hit show Power are eagerly anticipating its return to TV screens on 17 July.


News of the production comes after a bankruptcy judge signed off on a deal on Wednesday ending his long running case.


According to a report by TMZ, the 21 Questions rapper will have to pay $23 million to his creditors over the next five years.