Looks like 50 Cent pulled a fast one on us.
In an Internet hoax, the Queens rapper fabricated a story about being hospitalized in a jibe at rival Fat Joe.
Around 5:40 this afternoon, a tweet from the TonyYayo Twitter account posted the message "On my way to the hospital. Keep 50 in ya'll prayers. Let's see him thru this." Concerned retweets and replies ensued.
Shortly after, a bogus news story with the headline "Breaking News: 50 Cent Rushed To The Hospital" was posted to Fif's social networking blog, thisis50.com. The story read:
This afternoon while in his Manhattan offices, employees say that 50 Cent was listening to Fat Joe's new album, J.O.S.E. 2 when all the sudden, he collapsed! An ambulance was called, and by the time they arrived, 50 Cent regained consciousness and was complaining of blurred vision and a severe migraine. 50 Cent was rushed to Mt. Sinai hospital at 4:26 pm.
Doctors say after performing a Cat Scan and EKG there seems to be some damage to his auditory cortex, which is the region of the brain that is responsible for processing sound.
The post has a link to a free download of Fat Joe's upcoming J.O.S.E.2 album, with a disclaimer reading, "This sucks!!! Download at your own risk."
Hours later, around 11 p.m., a video of 50 in a hospital hit YouTube, with the Queens rapper hugging his son and crying due to the "trauma" of listening to Fat Joe's album.
The video mark the second time 50 Cent has boo-hooed to mock Fat Joe. After the Bronx MC sold 46,100 first-week copies of his Elephant in the Room album in 2008, 50 Cent dropped a video to the web called "Fat Joe's Funeral," pseudo sobbing during a 21-gun salute for Joe's career.
Fat Joe's J.O.S.E.2 hits stores October 6. --John Kennedy