|Birth name||Antonio Henderson Davis|
Antonio Henderson Davis (born 1993), better known by his stage name 50 Tyson, is an African-American autistic rapper from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2009, he gained popularity through videos of himself rapping, which he uploaded to the video sharing website YouTube. Later, he signed to Hudson Records, a label started by former NBA player Troy Hudson.
YouTube and career beginnings
In February 2009, Tyson posted to YouTube the first of two videos, both entitled "50 Tyson," and both of which featured him rapping freely without beat or rhythm. It was later revealed that 50 Tyson has autism. According to 50 Tyson, the "50" in his pseudonym comes from 50 Cent, his inspiration to rap, and the "Tyson" comes from Mike Tyson, another inspiration of his.
In 2010, Hudson Records signed 50 Tyson, who believed he had potential as a rapper and as an inspiration to the autistic community. Since then, the label has marketed him as both a member and supporter of people with autism. Under the Hudson label, Tyson released a single and video for "I Ain't Gonna Lie", featuring fellow Hudson artists T-Jeezy and Nerdy Star. The song included an altered version of Tyson's rap lyrics from his first YouTube video.
In 2012, Tyson appeared on rapper Doe Boy's album Paid in Full, rapping on the track "50 Doe Tyson", the album was also produced by Lex Luger and released in parts of the US under Luger's 1017 Brick Squad Records label. The following year 50 Tyson was featured in a non album single released by Riff Raff and his label at that time, SODMG.
Tyson is involved with the autistic community, having autism himself. In 2011, he was a main guest of the Autistic Society of Minnesota's 11th Annual Steps to Hope Fundraising Walk. And, in 2010, Tyson founded the Rhythm of Autism Charity Movement, which commits itself to supporting autism charity events. As the first rapper with autism who is deemed relevant, Tyson has gained mainstream popularity and interest with the media.
The videos were viewed heavily after they were parodied on popular comedy shows. In 2010, comedian Kevin Hart made a video imitating 50 Tyson and his rapping. Daniel Tosh also parodied Tyson's rapping on his sketch comedy television show Tosh.0 on Comedy Central. Many other parody videos were subsequently made.
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