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50 Cent (born Curtis James Jackson, 6.7.1975)
50 Cent is an American rapper whose albums Get Rich Or Die Tryin' and The Massacre have both achieved multi-platinum status.
Childhood: Curtis Jackson was born in the Queens suburb of New York to Sabrina Jackson, a drug dealer. She died when Curtis was 8, when he was sent to live with his grandparents. Despite a disadvantaged start in life, Curtis Jackson competed in the Junior Olympics as an amateur boxer in the mid-1980's. However, he began dealing drugs during the 1980's crack epidemic, aged 12.)Jackson was arrested in 1994 for selling cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was sentenced to three to nine years in prison but served only six months in an incarceration boot camp.
The nickname '50 Cent' was adopted as a metaphor for change. He took the name from a robber in the 1980s named Kelvin Martin, whose nickname was also 50 Cent.
In 2000, when he had quit dealing to pursue a music career, he was shot nine times.
Musical Career: 50 Cent started out rapping in a friend's basement. When he was introduced to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, Jay taught him to count bars, structure songs and record tracks.
Jay produced his first record, though it was never released. In 1999, though, best-selling producers Trackmasters became interested in 50 Cent and signed him to Columbia Records. They recorded 36 songs in two weeks, half of which became the unofficially released album Power of the Dollar (2000). The controversial song 'How To Rob' earned him a support slot on Nas' tour.
50 Cent was then picked up by US rapper Eminem, who introduced him to Dr Dre, (who went on to produce 50 Cent's music) and signed him to Interscope Records, after he heard 50 Cent's debut album, Guess Who's Back?
Helped by Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his next album, 50 Cent became on the best-selling rap artists in the world. A new track, 'Wanksta' was included on the soundtrack to Eminem's film, 8 Mile and he also signed to Chris Lighty's Violator Management and Sha Money XL's Money Management Group.
His first commercial album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was released in 2003. The album debuted at number one in the Billboard 200 and sold 872,000 in the first four days alone.
Interscope Records granted 50 Cent license to set up his own label, G-Unit Records. G-Unit released tracks by Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck and later, rap veterans Mobb Deep. 50 Cent released his second commercial album in 2005. Entitled The Massacre, it sold 1.4 million copies in the first four days and again reached number one in the Billboard 200.
The third album by 50 Cent, Curtis was released in 2007. The album was said to be inspired by his life before becoming a famous rap artist. It debuted at number two in the Billboard 200 charts and his wealth was recognized by Forbes which placed him second behind Jay-Z in the rap industry.
Personal Life: 50 Cent has been involved in a well-publicised feud with rapper Ja Rule and his label Murder Inc. Records. Engaging in various 'disses' via the medium of their own mixtapes, 50 Cent claimed that the feud began when Ja Rule spotted 50 Cent with a man who had robbed him of his jewellery. Ja Rule, on the other hand, claimed that it stemmed from aa video shoot in Queens, because 50 Cent could not stand Ja Rule getting so much respect from the neighbourhood.
In 2005, 50 Cent went on to start a feud with G-Unit rapper The Game. He felt that The Game was disloyal for refusing to back G-Unit in their dispute with other rappers and was also trying to work with rappers that they were feuding with. 50 Cent dismissed the Game from G-Unit on Hot 97 radio. G-Unit attempted to enter the radio building and one of his associates was shot in the leg during the attempt. They eventually were reconciled, and many fans wondered if the whole debacle was a publicity stunt.
50 Cent now lives in Farrington, Connecticut in the former home of Mike Tyson. His son lives in Long Island with 50 Cent's ex-girlfriend. The Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut declared October 12 2007 "50 Cent Curtis Jackson Day."
The rapper rakes in millions after forgetting about his bitcoin earnings.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you will have noticed the internet's new obsession with investing in a cryptocurrency called bitcoin. The reason why is obvious when you look at 50 Cent as an example - he's just been made a millionaire out of it.
50 Cent at the 'Den of Thieves' premiere
The 42-year-old rapper dropped his last album 'Animal Ambition' back in 2014, and while he only sold 124,000 copies within the year of release, that album has now brought in between $7 million and $8.5 million because he decided to accept a then little known currency called bitcoins for the record.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Forgets About Bitcoins, Then Becomes A Millionaire
Chart-topping rapper 50 Cent has claimed that it's easy to make a hit record.
50 Cent thinks it's easy to make a hit record.
The chart-topping rap star is one of the biggest-selling artists in the world, and 50 - who launched his first hit single, 'In Da Club', in 2003 - has insisted that it's not difficult to create a money-spinning record.
He told PEOPLE: ''Simplicity is a big key to hit music. Don't overthink things, just organically see what you feel when the production comes in. Like (the lyric), 'Go shorty, it's your birthday.' It's not rocket science. It's a simple statement.
Continue reading: 50 Cent: It's Easy To Make A Hit Record
There was a lot they loved about this gritty thriller.
The new thriller Den of Thieves centres on the leader of an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff taking on a fiendishly inventive bank robbery crew. Gerard Butler and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson play the leaders of the two factions in a cat-and-mouse chase.
Gerard Butler in 'Den of Thieves'
"I read the script for the first time six years ago," says Jackson. "It was unpredictable. I can appreciate heist films, particularly the action, which excites me. But there was more to the characters than just the action.With many other films in this genre, the stories are just about the heist. This was about the relationships."
Continue reading: Gerard Butler And 50 Cent Embraced The Darkness In Den Of Thieves
50 Cent has revealed he his working on his highly-anticipated sixth album 'Street King Immortal' - and claimed it is just as exciting as his acclaimed debut 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''.
50 Cent has claimed 'Street King Immortal' is just ''as thrilling'' as his highly acclaimed debut record 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''.
The influential hip hop star is currently working hard on his long awaited sixth studio album - with the 15th anniversary of his first LP ready to be celebrated this year - and he has revealed his confidence in the new tracks.
Speaking to The New York Times about his first batch of new material since 2009's 'Before I Self Destruct', he said: ''Right now I'm in the middle of recording my sixth album ... But it's as thrilling as my first.''
Continue reading: 50 Cent Says New LP Is 'as Thrilling' As His First
Fiddy claimed Trump's presidential campaign offered him half a mil to appear on the trail in 2016.
The 42 year old hip-hop veteran, real name Curtis Jackson, was discussing the controversial Trump administration in a radio interview with US station Hot 97 this week when he revealed that he had been offered half a million dollars to make an appearance on the campaign trail for the Republican candidate.
Fiddy told the interviewer Ebro that he believed that the offer was made because Trump wanted to appeal to black voters. Indeed, recent research from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the African-American vote declined in 2016 for the first time in two decades.
A video emerges of 50 Cent punching a girl in the chest during a concert.
Fans can be grabby at concerts, that's just the way it goes. But for 50 Cent, it seemed the only appropriate course of action was to lash out at a female who had excitedly seized his hand at a concert in Maryland over the weekend.
50 Cent snapped at a 2016 charity benefit
50 Cent was performing alongside New York hip hop collective The Lox at Baltimore Soundstage on Saturday (April 8th 2017) when he decided to get a little fan interaction. According to a video obtained by TMZ, he reached out his hand and a woman grabbed it, throwing him off balance so that he was forced to jump off the stage.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Lashes Out At Excitable Female Fan In Baltimore
The rapper was walking through Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky airport when he encountered 19 year old Andrew Farrell, who suffers from social anxiety.
Rapper 50 Cent has provoked outrage online after he posted a video online in which he poked fun at an airport janitor for being high on drugs, when in fact he suffers from severe social anxiety.
50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, posted a video to his Instagram – which he has since deleted – in which he can be heard insulting the cleaner at Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky airport, who is pushing a trolley as he walks past ignoring the rapper as he asks his name, taunting him for looking like he was “high”.
“Look at him, look at him, what kind of s*** do you think he took before he got to work today," Jackson says, pointing his phone camera at Farrell. "He is high as a motherf***** right here in the airport. Pupils dilated and everything. The new generation is f***ing crazy!”
Meek Mill was recently sentenced to 90 days' house arrest, and 50 Cent criticised his handling of his various beefs with other rappers.
Meek Mill’s war of words with 50 Cent has been reignited with a vengeance, with the latter describing Meek as a “special kind of stupid” during a new radio interview in response to the troubled rapper’s diss at him in his track ‘Gave ‘Em Hope’ last month.
Fiddy became embroiled in Meek’s well-publicised feud with Drake in July last year, and has continued to poke fun at the young rapper, who was recently sentenced to 90 days’ house arrest for violating his parole in relation to a 2009 drugs & guns case.
50 Cent called Meek Mill "really not that bright" in a new radio interview
Continue reading: 50 Cent Calls Meek Mill "A Special Kind Of Stupid" Over His Feuds
The ‘Empire’ actress was appearing on 'Watch What Happens Live' with Andy Cohen when she made the comments.
Rapper 50 Cent has hit back at former girlfriend Vivica A. Fox after she implied he was gay during an appearance on Andy Cohen’s 'Watch What Happens Live' on Sunday night (November 8th). In a series of Instagram posts the rapper slammed the actress with a variety of slurs as well as accusing her of having plastic surgery.
50 Cent has hit back at ex Vivica A. Fox after comments she made on ‘WWHL’ with Andy Cohen.
"Oh No!!!, Now she thinks I'm gay because I let her lick my Ass. LMAO. Wait,I didn't want her to,she forced me, my hands were tied. 50 shades of grey,” 50 (real name Curtis Jackson) wrote on Instagram.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Hits Back At Ex Vivica A. Fox After She Implies He's Gay
The rapper filed bankruptcy proceedings in July, but he looks to have plenty of cash lying around the house.
50 Cent has taken to Instagram to hit back at those who have been making fun of his recent money problems. The rapper has recently been the butt of many a joke by fellow artist Rick Ross since filling bankruptcy proceedings in July, however three months on 50 doesn't seem too strapped for cash anymore.
Date of birth
6th July, 1973
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