Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is a rapper from Southside Jamaica Queens, NY. He was born in 1975 when his mother was 15 years old. His mother died when he was nine years old and he began dealing drugs at 12. He was arrested in tenth grade for bringing a gun and drug money to school. He was arrested twice again in 1994, once for selling cocain to an undercover police officer, and the other for possesion of cocain and heroin.
Jackson began rapping under the stage name 50 Cent, after the famous Brooklyn theif Kelvin "50 Cent" Martin. He signed with Colombia Records, and was set to release his debut CD Power of the Dollar, before being shot in 2000.
On May 24, 2000, 50 Cent was shot nine times, including once in his jaw, outside of his grandmother's home where he grew up. He was also shot in the hand, chest, and legs the shooter's 9mm handgun. The alleged shooter, Darryl "Hommo" Baum, was killed three weeks later. After the shooting 50 Cent was dropped from Colombia Records and Power of the Dollar was never released.
In 2002, Detroit-born rapper Eminem listened to 50 Cent's mixtape No Mercy, No Fear, and invited him to meet with rapper and producer Dr. Dre. He signed a 1 million dollar record deal and released his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin under Interscope Records.
Get Rich or Die Tryin debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 872,000 copies in the first four days. The lead single, In da Club broke a Billboard record as the most listened to song in radio history within a week.
50 Cent was granted his own record label in 2003, G-Unit Records. He signed fellow Queens rappers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo to his G-Unit rap group. Tennessee rapper Young Buck was also a member of the group.
In 2005, 50 Cent released his second studio album, The Massacre. The Massacre also debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 1.14 million copies in the first four days. His third studio album Curtis came out in September, 2007. His fourth album Before I Self Destruct is set to release in 2009, along with his final album under Interscope, a greatest hits CD.
G-Unit has released two albums, Beg For Mercy in 2003, and T.O.S: Terminate On Sight in 2008.
50 Cent has been involved in many fueds with other rappers, including Ja Rule, former G-Unit member The Game, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne.
50 Cent has a son, Marquise, with former girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins. He was number one on Forbes list of wealthiest rappers in 2008, making 150 million dollars between June 2007 and June 2008. He starred in his autobiographical movie Get Rich or Die Tryin, which came out in 2005. He also directed and stars in the movie Before I Self destruct, set to be released with the CD. He also has two videogames, 50 Cent: Bulletproof and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. He also has a clothing company, G-Unit Clothing Company, a flavor of Vitamin Water, Pure 50 RGX Body Spray by Right Guard, and a condom line. He has also started G-Unit Films and G-Unit Books. He also started in a reality show on MTV called 50 Cent: The Money and The Power.
Lil Wayne claims he's the best rapper alive, but everyone knows 50 Cent is.
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the latest throway hip poper who has been exploted by greed and power rather than talent and originality
50 Cent is going to cry when he realises he can't pay back his multi million dollar advance.
Its just two quarters
ey, lemme borrow 50 cent
you mean 50 cents dumbass
A stupid rapper. If you buy anything related to 50 Cent, you are sucking corporate dick. He sucks ass, and those who hate him are cleary educated
and of sound mind.
(50 Cent doing a rap)
someone in audinece: you suck!
rest of audience: YEAH!
(riots, destruction, 50 Cent is sued and sentenced to death.)
The fantasy I hope comes true!
A terrible mainstream rapper. Uses the same lyrics in every song, especially a combo of berretta/ chetta and good/hood.
Furthers mainstream rap on its shitty path with his most recent song "Candy Shop", which is nothing short of atrocious.
"I'll take ya to the candy shop, I'll let ya lick the lolly pop..."
Wow, Mainstream rap has hit an all-time low.
the worst music artist ever
he got famous for being shot 9 times. that is what mede him so famous. the thing about being shot nine times is bullshit. hes not street at all
50 cent is a bullshit fake "gangsta"
1) (noun) A rap star whose body is fit, though looking at his face (especially during that little half smile thing) gives you the impression that he may suffer from mental retardation.
2) (verb) To be thought very cool when first discovered only to reveal how sadly untalented you really are after about a month.
1) 50 Cent and Ja Rule have a lot of differences, but if they could both just stop and realize that neither of them are talented, the radio would be a much less annoying place.
2) Dude, this girl wants to come over tonight, and she thinks I'm cool. Do not 50 Cent this up for me, please.
Bad rapper, great businessman.
made up the 50/game beef to fuel his album sales
sold 1.1 in 4 days.
"I've got a sick vendetta, to get this chedda" - 50 Cent in How We Do. He even admits that the beef was fake.
anyone who bought the Massacre, you got PLAYED by 50