Real Name: Curtis James Jackson
Born: July 6, 1975 in Queens, New York.
Discovered: 50 Cent was living with his grandparents in Queens, involved in the drug trade, hustling around his native neighborhood by the name of "Boo Boo" with fellow Queens native Tony Yayo. In June of 1994, 50 Cent was arrested on felony drug charges. He received a lighter sentence because it was only his second offence.
50 Cent got a chance at rap stardom when he met up with Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC and was signed to his label JMJ. Once Jay had taught him the basics, 50 left the label to get a bigger deal. He teamed up with the hip-hop production duo Track Masters, who had recognized his talent for incisive lyrics. 50 Cent was signed to Columbia Records in 1999. He was dropped from the label in 2000 and his debut album, Power of the Dollar, was never released, due to a shooting that resulted in 50 being shot nine times.
He was then discovered by Eminem, who singed him to his label, Shady Records.
Resume: 50 Cent, who was the first to sign to Shady Records, appeared on the 8 Mile soundtrack with an accompanying song and video "Wanksta" that was a hit on BET, MTV, and on radio.
Eminem brought the rapper to Dr. Dre's attention. They endorsed the idea of signing a deal and working with 50 Cent on an album. After a meeting with Interscope and Eminem in Los Angeles, 50 Cent quickly signed a deal with Interscope.
50's major label debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin, made him a celebrity in the mainstream. The album was certified gold in its first week and platinum the next, and it broke the record for first week sales of any major label debut in the entire Soundscan era.
In 2005, 50 released the album, The Massacre. It was originally entitled St. Valentine's Day Massacre, but changed when the album release date was set back. He scored a hit with the album's first single "Candy Shop". The album's second single, "Just A Lil' Bit" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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After the success of 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin, Interscope granted him his own label, like his mentor Eminem.
Expanding beyond music, 50 Cent is starring in the semi-autobiographical film, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. He also recently appeared in an episode of The Simpsons. As well, he will be featured in a new vidoe game, 50 Cent: Bulletproof.
Known For: His genuine "gangsta" image.
His on-going feuds with various rappers.
Romance: 50 Cent is rumored to be romantically involved with co-star Joy Bryant, from the set of his new movie, Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Rumors: 50 Cent currently has an escalating feud with The Game. The Game, who was previously signed to G-Unit, was booted by 50 Cent. During that dispute, a member of The Game's entourage was shot and wounded after confrontation at Hot 97. After the situation between them escalated, 50 Cent and The Game decided to hold a press conference to announce their reconciliation. Many fans felt that the supposed feud, and particularly the incident at the radio station was a publicity stunt designed to boost the sales of the two albums the pair had just released.
Quotes: (When asked about his favorite song of all time) "In Da Club. It was just me lighting it up and having some fun. I made the Record in 30 minutes, me and Dre. After it was done it became so big. It's my biggest record to date. Other than that, I like the Marshall Mathers LP, I listen to it all the time and try to get it. He did something that people identified with, that's why they love him so much. That's what I want to do" - 50 Cent.
"I always loved the music. It wasn't until I thought about it and it was time to make a different decision in the route of my life. My son was on his way, so I had to do something different. I couldn't afford to be back and forth in jail" - 50 Cent, on what led him to become a rapper.
"I write music...I work all the time. I'm listening to music that they (other members of G-unit) made that I haven't listened to yet. I try to get in the gym. You are limited to what you can do with your training while on the road" - 50 Cent, on what he does in his spare time.