Imagine waking up one day and suddenly remembering that you owned over eight million dollars worth of Bitcoin. This is exactly what happened to rapper 50 Cent. in 2014, 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, released an album and accepted Bitcoin as payment. He received over 700 Bitcoins from the album, but then forgot about them. Bitcoin has been all over the news lately as it's value has skyrocketed, which must have jogged 50's memory. 50 Cent commented himself, "Ima keep it real, I forgot I did that sh*t lol".

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50 Cent suddenly remembers that he owns eight million dollars worth of Bitcoin

In 2014, rapper 50 Cent released his album "Animal Ambition." At the time, 50 Cent became the first artist ever to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment for a music album.

From this deal, he obtained over 700 bitcoins. Since Bitcoins weren't worth a great deal at the time, the rapper left the Bitcoins to sit and promptly forgot about them over the years. At the time, the price of one Bitcoin was worth $662. Since 2014, the price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed. Just a few weeks ago, the price of one Bitcoin was up to $17,000. This week, one Bitcoin is valued at around $11,000. This means the rapper now owns around 8 million dollars worth of Bitcoin.

50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has confirmed his incredible earnings on Twitter and Instagram. He has made comments such as "Not bad for a kid from the South Side, I'm so proud of me," and "Ima keep it real, I forgot I did that sh*t lol".

Is this the first time someone forgot they owned large quantities of Bitcoin?

The answer may be surprising, considering how much Bitcoins have been in the news recently, but no.

It seems that quite a few people invested in the crypto-currency years ago and forgot about their investments in the meantime. Bitcoin used to be worth close to nothing, and many people purchased them just to brush them off. 50 Cent was lucky because he actually had the passkey required to access his Bitcoin. Sly Turner, the owner of Broad Street Antique Mall in Atlanta, was not quite as lucky. He bought around one-and-a-half Bitcoins about 8 years ago when they weren't worth much. He didn't think much about the hard drive the passkey was stored on and is now in search of it. Turner, like many others, has potentially lost out on tens of thousands of dollars.

While Curtis Jackson celebrates his windfall, other people like Sly Turner will keep searching their archives looking for the Bitcoin passkey that could be the key to their fortune.