Fresh Start: Musicians Who Turned Their Careers Around With New Deals

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50 Cent

After his near-fatal 2000 shooting, 50 Cent was dropped from Columbia Records despite a completed album, Power of the Dollar, and an underground hit single, "How to Rob." 50 picked up the pieces with a series of incredible mixtapes, which lead to a bidding war and a deal with Shady/Aftermath. We all know what happened next.

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