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Free 50 Cent Concert Raises Concerns Over Violence

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Rapper 50 Cent may be putting his life on the line with a free concert he's holding in a schoolyard near the Queens project where he was raised -- and nearly died after being shot there nine years ago.

The performance is slated to take place on the grounds of PS 40 in Jamaica on August 30 and will be part of the school's "Family Day."

It seems not everyone is happy about the "surprise" show - which is expected to draw around 10,000 local residents. The NYPD, amid fears of violence, said it plans to step up security at the event, in case a shooter takes aim at the music icon or unsuspecting families.

According to the New York Post, "hundreds" of cops - including officers from special gang units - will be present and a 20-block vicinity surrounding the South Jamaica Housing Project will be shut down.

"Someone's gonna try to make a name for themselves," an insider told the NY Post. "They're gonna take a shot at him and they're either gonna hit him or they're gonna miss him and hit some poor, innocent kid or grandmother."

Organizers of the event deny that 50 Cent will be performing, but his publicist, Keesha Johnson, said he would make an appearance.

Fiddy, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, is expected to be just one of many performers to hit the stage at the end-of-summer concert.

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