Rapper 50 CENT has slammed Columbia records for dropping him from the label after he was shot in 2000.

The GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' actor had his contract terminated after being shot nine times by an assassin in Queens, New York City - even though he was the victim of the crime.

And despite nearly dying in the incident, the rapper insists the loss of his contract caused him far greater trauma than his bullet wounds.

He says, "It wasn't like I shot someone and they heard about it and they dropped me - they dropped me because I was shot. So, not only am I physically hurt, now I'm confused because I don't even know if I'm gonna be able to write music for a livin'."