Kelvin Martin

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Kelvin Martin
Kelvin Martin.jpg
Martin, c. 1985.
Kelvin Darnell Martin

(1964-07-24)July 24, 1964
DiedOctober 24, 1987(1987-10-24) (aged 23)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting placeSilver Mount Cemetery
(Staten Island, New York)
Other names
  • 50 Cent
  • 50
Known forInspiration for the name of 50 Cent
Criminal statusDeceased

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


Born in the Bronx borough of New York City, Martin was partially raised there by his grandmother, Irene Martin. He later moved to Brooklyn, residing in the Fort Greene district. 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 50 cents and ended up walking away with $500. Martin spent time in Rikers Island as a youth.

The nickname may also be an allusion to his small stature - he weighed only 120 pounds (54 kg) and his height was 5'2" (157 cm).[1] On October 20, 1987, Martin was shot in the stairway of his girlfriend's building in the Albany Houses of Crown Heights, dying at Kings County Hospital four days later. Julio "WeMo" Acevedo was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and "served about a decade" in prison for Martin's killing.[2] In 2015, Acevedo was sentenced to life in prison for a hit-and-run incident that killed a Williamsburg couple and their unborn child.


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.[3] 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. ^ "The Real 50 Cent From Brooklyn: Kelvin Martin (Documentary)". January 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Infamous Times, Volume I: The Original 50 Cent" – via