Kelvin Martin

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Kelvin Martin
Born Kelvin Darnell Martin
(1964-07-24)July 24, 1964
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S
Died October 24, 1987(1987-10-24) (aged 23)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Gunshot wound
Resting place Silver Mount Cemetery
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names 50 Cent

Kelvin Darnell Martin (July 24, 1964 – October 24, 1987), also known as 50 Cent, was an American criminal from Brooklyn, New York. He is primarily known as the inspiration for the name of the rapper, 50 Cent.


Born in 1964 in The Bronx, New York City, Martin later moved to Brooklyn, New York. Martin was possibly known as '50 Cent' due to his reputation of being prepared to rob anyone, regardless of how much money they were carrying at the time. Another story is that it came from an incident when he entered a game of dice with a 50 cent stake and ended up walking away with $500.

The nickname may also be an allusion to his physically tiny stature - he weighed only 120 pounds (54 kg) and his height was 5'2" (157 cm).[1]


He was shot on October 20, 1987 on the stairway of his girlfriend's project building, dying in Kings County Hospital four days later on October 24, 1987. Julio "Wemo" Acevedo was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and "served about a decade" in prison for Martin's killing.[2]

Later in 2013, police arrested Acevedo again in a vehicular hit and run accident which killed 3 people in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.[3][4] In April 2015, Acevedo received a prison sentence of 25 years to life for the vehicular killings.[5] Martin was interred in Silver Mount Cemetery.[6]


Martin's life and influence were chronicled in an in-depth, biographical documentary, starting from his upbringing and carrying through past his death. The documentary is called Infamous Times: The Original 50 Cent.[7] Another documentary about him is called, The Original 50 Cent: The True Story of The Legend Who Inspired The Biggest Name In Rap.


  1. "Tone Boots" (August 2005). "Get Rich or Die Trying". Stuff Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. 
  2. "Arrest in NYC Crash That Killed Expectant Parents" Associated Press 6 March 2013
  3. 'Hit-run' driver wanted in family's deaths did time for slaying of the original '50 Cent'. The New York Post. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  4. Suspect in Crash That Killed 3 Turns Himself In. The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
  5. NYC man sentenced to 25 years to life for crash that killed family. Yahoo News. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  6. "Kelvin Darnell Martin". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  7. IMDB page for Infamous Times: The Original 50 Cent