The rapper spends New Year's Eve behind bars...

Rapper 50 CENT has been arrested in NEW YORK on an alleged guns charge.

The rapper and four associates were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday (December 31) after local police allegedly discovered two loaded guns in their vehicle, MTV news reports.

50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, was due to appear at New York nightclub Copacabana. According to press reports, one of the conditions of his appearance was that the promoter arrange use of a bulletproof vehicle.

However, when the rented vehicle arrived, police stopped the car for alleged double parking, where they claim to have found two weapons.

All five men in the car were arrested and taken into custody.