Troy Hudson signs autistic rapper to record label

Wed, Apr 20

50 Tyson is a rapper. Eighteen, and already out-of-nowhere famous.

It began when he snuck off with his sister's camera and pointed it at himself as he spit hot fire into the bathroom mirror. The ensuing videos went viral. He was a bona fide teenage YouTube sensation.

But he has something most YouTube sensations don't. He has a record deal. And he has autism.

Troy Hudson is a music mogul. Well, that's the plan, anyway. Hudson is a former NBA player. He had a nice career -- 11 years with five teams, including 50 Tyson's hometown Timberwolves.

Afterward, Hudson started a record company. He heard of the kid with the YouTube views, saw him, called him, met him, signed him. 50 Tyson's first album, "50 Tyson Presents The Rhythm of Autism Vol. 1," was recently released to coincide with National Autism Awareness Month.

Antonio Henderson-Davis (his rap nickname came when someone said he looked like a cross between Mike Tyson and 50 Cent) is not the kind of act that wins "American Idol." He's more the kind that gets famous during "Idol" auditions. Still, his charisma is undeniable.

"People are not laughing at him," Hudson says. "They're laughing with him."

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