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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."
Rapper 50 Cent is one step closer to resolving his bankruptcy troubles after a Connecticut judge signed off on his proposed payment plan.
The In Da Club star, real name Curtis Jackson, filed for bankruptcy last year (Jul15) and he reportedly owes a string of creditors a total of over $30 million (£21 million).
In March (16), the 40-year-old reached a deal with creditors to pay around 74 per cent of what he owes by pledging to use $23.4 million (£16.1 million) of his future earnings, including profits from the sale of his Connecticut mansion, to help settle his debts.
The case returned to court this week (begs16May16), when Judge Ann Nevins gave her initial approval to the agreement and set the next hearing for 6 July (16), when 50's creditors will have the chance to vote on whether to accept or reject the deal.
Continue reading: Judge Approves 50 Cent's Bankruptcy Plan
The 40 year old rapper did a brilliant send-up of noughties staple 'MTV Cribs' in an ad for the budget accommodation company.
Controversial rapper 50 Cent has made headlines for a positive reason, fronting an advertising campaign for budget accommodation company Hostelworld with an amusing video that parodies ‘MTV Cribs’.
Fiddy, real name Curtis Jackson, appears in the short video giving a tour of one of the Hostelworld locations in Barcelona, which was shot and edited as a parody version of the legendary noughties staple ‘MTV Cribs’ in which the rich and famous let cameras into their homes.
50 Cent performing in March 2016
Continue reading: 50 Cent Parodies 'MTV Cribs' In New Hostelworld Ad
50 Cent has mocked his lavish lifestyle in an advertisement for a hostel company.
The rapper, real name Curtis Jackson stars in a new advert for online hostel booking company Hostelworld.
In the commercial, the In Da Club musician takes cameramen on a tour of a hostel in Barcelona, Spain in the style of the popular TV show MTV Cribs.
MTV Cribs, which ran on the American music television network and its global affiliates from 2000 until 2011, saw celebrities allow cameras into their homes.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Mocks Lavish Lifestyle In Advert
50 Cent has tainted friendships by offering pals jobs, as to not be accused of "leaving everyone behind".
The In Da Club rapper rose to fame quickly in the early 2000s with the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, which saw his lifestyle change rapidly - he now lives in Mike Tyson's former mansion in Connecticut. Quizzed on whether he extended invites to old friends to join him on his journey up, 50 or Fiddy - real name Curtis Jackson - admitted he struggled to figure out how to handle the situation at first.
"I went from a basement apartment in Queens to a 50,000-square-foot house, and when you’re successful, it’s valuable to have people around who represent what was there before all the confusion started," he told Vanity Fair. "But you know what happens? If you don’t take people with you, they say you left everyone behind. And if you get them involved in your businesses and provide an opportunity for them to better their life, they become someone who works for you. Then that taints the relationship."
The 40-year-old rapper has experienced plenty of ups and downs in his life so far, such as being shot nine times and filing for bankruptcy. That hasn't held him back though as 50 has even branched into acting, most recently playing a boxing manager in 2015's Southpaw opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.
Continue reading: 50 Cent: 'Fame Tainted My Friendships'
50 Cent has donated $100,000 (£69,000) to Autism Speaks as part of his apology to an airport janitor he mocked.
The rapper poked fun at 19-year-old Andrew Farrell in a social media video on Sunday (01May16), suggesting the teenager was high on drugs when he failed to respond to the In Da Club hitmaker while he was at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
In the now-deleted clip, 50 said, "Look at him. What kind of s**t do you think he took before he got to work today? He high as a motherf**ker right here in the airport. Pupils dilated - the new generation is f**king crazy."
The young man's stepfather quickly pointed out the teen was autistic and suffered a hearing impairment, prompting 50 to apologise.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Donates $100,000 To Autism Charity
Controversial pharmaceutical mogul Martin Shkreli has donated $10,000 (GBP6,900) to an autism charity after rapper 50 Cent upset an Ohio family by mocking their son.
The In Da Club hitmaker came under fire over the weekend (01May16) after posting a video of 19-year-old janitor Andrew Farrell pushing a cart of cleaning supplies through Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Instagram, and when the employee failed to respond to the musician, 50 accused him of being high on drugs.
The video went viral before 50 Cent took it down after realising he had been insensitive when Andrew's stepfather, Ken Kramer, revealed the teen suffers from social anxiety disorder and hearing impairment.
50 Cent has since apologised, stating, "It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community (sic), which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family. While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man."
The rapper had faced fierce criticism from his social media followers for poking fun at Andrew Farrell, who suffers from extreme social anxiety.
Rapper 50 Cent has apologised for mocking an airport employee who suffers from autism, after he received a furious backlash for posting a video of the incident last week.
The 40 year old rapper, real name Curtis Jackson, posted a video of himself on Twitter and Instagram poking fun at 19 year old janitor Andrew Farrell at Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky airport as he walked past him.
50 Cent has apologised for mocking airport employee Andrew Farrell
Continue reading: 50 Cent Apologises For Making Fun Of Airport Employee With Autism
Drake has replaced 50 Cent as the fifth richest rapper in a new Forbes poll.
Publication editors annually rank the top-earning hip-hop superstars for The Forbes Five, and Drake has made his debut among the top flight for the first time in his career.
His net worth is estimated at $60 million (£41 million), thanks to his music and touring revenue, as well as endorsement deals with Nike, Apple and Sprite, placing him at five on the new survey.
However, Drake, who is signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment label, still has way to go before he climbs further up the poll.
Continue reading: Drake Makes His Forbes Five Debut Among Richest Hip-hop Stars
Rapper 50 Cent has apologised to a hearing impaired airport employee he mocked on social media after his family threatened legal action.
The hip hop star, real name Curtis Jackson, posted a video of 19-year-old janitor Andrew Farrell pushing a cart of cleaning supplies through Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Instagram last Sunday (01May16), and when the employee failed to respond to the musician, 50 accused him of being high on drugs.
He said in the clip, "Look at him. What kind of s**t do you think he took before he got to work today? He high as a motherf**ker right here in the airport. Pupils dilated - the new generation is f**king crazy."
The video went viral before the rapper took it down after realising he had been insensitive when Andrew's stepfather, Ken Kramer, revealed the teen suffers from social anxiety disorder and hearing impairment.
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!”
Date of birth
6th July, 1973
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