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Taco Bell's Got Beef with 50 -- Nacho Average Suit

11/20/2008 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Taco Bell knows about as much about rap music as it does about Mexican food.

In legal papers filed in Federal court, the Bell's lawyers claim 50's tough-talking $4 million trademark infringement lawsuit from this summer was just a publicity stunt -- but it's the personal shots they fire at Fiddy that really spice things up.

Bell's peeps tried to attack 50's credibility, saying his work "falls in the subgenre of hip hop music known as 'gangsta rap,' a style associated with urban street gangs and characterized by violent, tough-talking braggadocio." They also claim that Fiddy only filed the lawsuit to "burnish his gangsta rapper persona" -- 'cause nothing builds street cred like a lawsuit.

50 sued over Taco Bell's lame promo where they offered to give $10K to charity if the rapper changed his name to 79, 89, or 99 Cent.

UPDATE 11:04 ET: Looks like Fitty's still in it to win it: His lawyer tells us "Taco Bell needs to be stopped" and that "Mr. Cent intends to vigorously pursue this case."

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1.

m    

yeah, he got $200 million from selling his shares of vitamin water to coke because he has no clue about business.

1975 days ago
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HOLLYWOOD STANDARD    

So lets see...50 cent does business with Universal, Coke, Reebok, has video games on the market, got a deal with MTV for his own TV show, and is worth hundreds of millions of dollars....hmmmmm

NOBODY can have that kind of success without being smart, so taco bell can blow it out of their fake mexican food

1975 days ago
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northern gypsy    

what??? 79...89...99 cent...don't even go there !!! i'm suprised 50 didn't go to taco bell hq and give somebody a smack-down & the law suit...

1975 days ago
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Unbelievable    

You are missing information. He was asked for 1 day only to change his name and 10,000 would go to charity. He is sueing over the request! Let me repeat...he is sueing over a request by them for a 1 day name change with money going to charity! He is sueing for millions over a company making him an offer? What is this world coming to?

1975 days ago
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matchstick    

" Mr. Cent???? "

Bwahahahahahaha!

1975 days ago
6.

Lila    

"Mr. Cent"....... Seriously?

1975 days ago
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Loud and talentless    

I'm not sure this idiot has enough sense to work on the line at this restaurant. I think the local car wash is more his speed.

1975 days ago
8.

yr momz    

50 is murked by al pacino in last bad al pacino movie

50 has little baby ears

50’s homeboy is named hotrod

… no homo, but homo

vitamin water is for fat girls and the gossip girl set

1975 days ago
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Loud and talentless    

On second thought ... with all of the felony convictions he surely has he couldn't GET an honest job.
He'll have to keep flashing those ridiculous gang signs and flapping his SIZEABLE gums.

1975 days ago
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kan    

# 2 - I think 99 Cent would be a good name. It projects higher value (by 49 cents) and yet is still under a dollar. The companies he does business with do it because they know a putz like you would buy a dirty diaper if his picture was on it.

1975 days ago
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HOLLYWOOD STANDARD    

Yeah right #9

I dont even like rap music or "urban" music. I just know about successful people, and if 50 cent is so stupid and is a retarded thug then what does that make you for sitting at your computer commenting something negative about him..Yeah he is stupid and everything but is smart enough to become a hundred millionaire..But YOU on the other hand are a GENIUS and make min wage, and complain on TMZ....Later Loser

1975 days ago
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kan    

Gotta run off to your job at Taco Bell?

1975 days ago
13.

justanotherfknday    

50 cent! That's what one 9mm. round costs...I got an idea, how's about one 50 cent 9mm round to the head!! Then take his millions and give it back to the justice system and all them poor Black folk!

1975 days ago
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Loud and talentless    

Dear Taco Trash,
STFU and get my to go order ready!

1975 days ago
15.

Kyle    

Why cant TB just lower the price of something to 50 cents for a day? That way Fiddy gets credit and and we go buy his new album and we all can be at one again!

1975 days ago
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