Born in South Jamaica, Queens, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has lived in New York City all his life. Raised by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was only eight. Growing up, the Queens rapper originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but eventually fell back on rapping. DJs had taken it upon themselves to release two Best of 50 Cent mix CDs, before he had even signed to a major label. 50 Cent hit the scene with "How To Rob An Industry Nigga" and he's been on a rampage ever since dealing with bootleggers, label back stabbing and other platinum selling artists trying to get at him physically.
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In 1999, 50 Cent's album Power of the Dollar, was heavily bootlegged and Trackmasters/Columbia never released it. Supposedly, Trackmasters weren't comfortable with him being caught up in the streets and getting shot three days before filming the video for "Thug Love," (with Destiny's Child) -- his first single. 50 Cent was shot nine times that night, two shots hitting him in the head, the bullet that struck his face he carries as a reminder of what happened. That event led to the fall out with Columbia and negotiating his release from their grasps. 50 Cent still showed love and rhymed over a Trackmasters produced remix of "I'm Gonna Be Alright" on J-Lo's latest album, but rivals at Murder Inc. had 50 Cent cut from the track which could have launched the rapper. This all changed in one night when Eminem said on a radio show that "50 Cent is definitely my favorite rapper right now, he's the only one keeping it real." The very next day a bidding war started on 50, ending when 50 Cent signed to Eminem's very own label Shady/Aftermath. 50 Cent's fame has exploded, being produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem and finally making his debut album "Get rich or Die Tryin'." 50 has full access and advantage of the streets through mix-tapes; that's his forum because he controls it. 50 Cent is the most anticipated artist of 2003. It's well deserved because he's "been patiently waiting."
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50 Cent Awards
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Shared
Teen Choice Awards
Movies - Choice Breakout
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005).
Outstanding Original Song
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005).
Black Reel Awards
Deliver Us from Eva (2003).
Best New Artist
50 Cent Trivia
Is currently involved in a feud with music artist, Ja Rule.
Is currently signed to Eminem's Shady Records imprint, which is distributed by Interscope Records.
Has a son: Marquise, nicknamed 25 Cent
His debut album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" was the highest debut ever with 900,000 copies sold in the first week.
His mother was killed at the age of 23. 50 Cent was only 8 years old at the time
Was discovered by Jason Mizell aka Jam Master Jay.
Grew up in the same area of Queens, New York as actor Dwayne Winstead's cousin Ted Witherspoon.
Voted #8 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties
Used to be a boxer
Neither drinks alcohol nor smokes.
He bought former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson's Farmington, Conn., mansion for $4.1 million. The house is approximately 50,000 square feet, has 52 rooms, and was bought by Tyson for $2.7 million in 1996. The house includes five Jacuzzis, 25 full ba
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"After Earth" New York City Premiere - Arrivals
50 Cent "Formula 50" Book Signing at Barnes & Noble in New York City on January 16, 2013
70th Annual Golden Globe Awards HBO Afterparty - Arrivals
70th Annual Golden Globes Awards NBC Universal Afterparty - Arrivals
50 Cent "Formula 50" Book Signing at Barnes & Noble in Las Vegas on January 7, 2013