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He sounds a bit like him and even resembles him slightly, but rapper Two Five says he's nothing like his cousin, mega rap star Fifty Cent.

Two Five, whose real name is Michael Francis, is in talks with several record companies to drop an album he says will set the record straight on him and Fifty, with whom he grew up in South Jamaica.

"I can't follow in that man's footsteps, and that's what I'm trying to stay away from," said Two Five, 22, who also goes by the nickname Quarter. "I'm trying to separate myself from him. Nobody wants to live [in a situation] where everywhere you go you need to have security."

The cousins - Fifty's real name is Curtis Jackson - got their nicknames as teens while living in their grandmother's house near 134th St. and Guy R.

Brewer Blvd.

One, a former gangster, went on to become world famous for his sensational lyrics and for surviving nine gunshot wounds. The other lived in the shadows of his cousin's celebrity, all the while dreaming of achieving the same stardom.

"At the time I couldn't come out because it was all his world," said Two Five. "I wanted to rap, and he felt like I shouldn't."

Two Five and Fifty are no longer on speaking terms, and haven't been for more than three years. The shooting of Fifty Cent and his subsequent rise to rap fame created a rift between the two that has yet to heal.

"It was fairly easy until he got shot," said Two Five, who now lives in Hempstead, L.I. "I reached out plenty of times, but there was no response."

Two Five said despite the lack of communication, he is proud of his older cousin's success. He considers Fifty Cent a mentor and remembers him best as his street guardian.

"He tried to keep me away from hustling, as far as being in the streets,"

Two Five said.

Two Five established a Web site that features such rap offerings as "Like Me" and "All I Need," which are designed to showcase his individuality as a rapper. The site makes no reference to Fifty.

"I'm my own man," Two Five insisted. "All of my records are going to hit it off."

Fifty's manager at Violator Management, Chris Lighty, could not be reached for comment on Two Five's aspirations.

Two Five, who now works as a music producer, also is working on a DVD that documents his life growing up in South Jamaica and his work on his as-yet-untitled album.

To hear Two Five's raps, visit www.whois25.com. Be advised that samples include explicit lyrics.

Originally published on January 15, 2006 - By WARREN WOODBERRY JR. - DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER


Discography

SOUTHSIDE GENERAL PART 1 W/DJ WHITEOWL
SOUTHSIDE GENERAL PART 2 W/DJ WHITEOWL
SOUTHSIDE GENERAL PART 3 W/DJ WHITEOWL
SOUTHSIDE GENERAL PART 4 W/DJ WHITEOWL
SOUTHSIDE GENERAL PART 5 W/DJ WHITEOWL

TWO FIVE VS. 50 CENT PART 1
TWO FIVE VS. 50 CENT PART 2

TWO FIVE - DIDN’T SEE IT COMING
TWO FIVE - WORLD WIDE HUSTLER
TWO FIVE - WAR OF THE LYRICIST
TWO FIVE - STREET FAME
TWO FIVE - BEST OF TWO FIVE
TWO FIVE - MAFIA MUSIC

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Two Five hails from the dangerous streets of South side Jamaica Queens. Being born and raised in the same house as superstar cousin, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, has been both a gift and a curse for the 22 year old rapper. Two Five credits the inheritance of his talent as a reflection of being the direct protege of his cousin. Neither had siblings, which led their relationship to be compared to that of brothers more so than cousins. Given his moniker by G-Unit's Tony Yayo, Two Five was able to learn the ins and outs of the music industry which has allowed him to stay one step ahead of the craft that takes most entertainers years to learn.

In early 2004, Two Five and his music were featured by on-air personality Wendy Williams on her #1 rated radio show along with 100,000 downloads off Two Fives street single "Illest" which also received major buzz on HipHopGame.com. Despite being made a lucrative offer by his cousins enemy "The Game" and his BWS Imprint, Two Five chose to continue pursuing his own career and spotlight without the help, means or controversy surrounding his cousin. Since that time, Two Five's name has been on every ones lips due to the amount of energy, lyrical prowess, and smooth delivery he brings to the microphone.

Two Five represents the streets of New York with an intensity that has been lacking in New York's hip hop market for some time. With his current single Whats Good & his current single "Doing My Thang" as his introduction to the hip hop game burning up the mix tape circuit nationally, Two Five has been coined the Prince of New York who is ready to take his crown, by any means necessary.