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."
Fiddy's bankruptcy court hearing detailed monthly outgoings of six figures, though the rapper denied he lives a lavish lifestyle.
50 Cent has revealed during his bankruptcy court hearing that his lifestyle incurs monthly expenses of $108,000, including $5,000 for gardening.
The Associated Press has reported that the Chapter 11 bankruptcy documents show that the rapper-turned-actor, real name Curtis Jackson, filed on Monday detail a huge array of expenses and back payments he owes to various people, including to his barber, personal stylist and fitness coach.
50 Cent has denied living a lavish lifestyle, despite court documents detailing monthly expenses of $108,000
Continue reading: 50 Cent Says Expenses Cost Him $108,000 Per Month
This sum will be added to the $5 million in damages that Fiddy has already been ordered to pay to Lastonia Leviston, whose sex tape he leaked online seven years ago.
Things don’t look like improving for 50 Cent any time soon. Just a couple of weeks after he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, he’s now been ordered to pay an extra $2 million in punitive damages to the woman whose sex tape he posted online.
The Associated Press reports that the rapper, real name Curtis Jackson III, will now have to pay a total of $7 million to Lastonia Leviston, the Floridian woman and ex-girlfriend of his rival Rick Ross, after he was found guilty of infringing her right to privacy by posting a sex tape of her without her consent in 2008.
James Renard, Jackson’s attorney, told People magazine in a statement on Friday (July 24th): “Although we appreciate the jury's service, we are disappointed in the result.”
Continue reading: 50 Cent Ordered To Pay Extra $2 Million To Sex Tape Victim
After his recent legal troubles 50 Cent has announced a trio of UK gigs.
50 Cent has announced he’ll be hitting the UK later this year, playing three shows in November. The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has recently made headlines after he was forced to declare bankruptcy when a court ordered him to pay millions to a woman whose sex tape he released online without her permission.
50 Cent will play three UK shows later this year.
The shows will begin in Glasgow on November 4th then the rapper will move on to Manchester’s MEN Arena on November 6th, before finishing the round of gigs at Newcastle arena on November 7th. Tickets for all three shows go on sale at 9am on Friday, July 24.
Continue reading: Rapper 50 Cent Announces Three UK Arena Shows
The court case stems from the sex tape he leaked of Lastonia Leviston, a former girlfriend of his rap rival Rick Ross, in 2009.
50 Cent is no longer just the performance name of rapper Curtis Jackson – it may also be his net worth, after reports emerged on Monday that the star has filed for bankruptcy. It comes just three days after a court ordered ‘Fiddy’ to pay $5 million to woman whose sex tape he shared online without her permission.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that Jackson had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday (July 13th), the same day that he was due to disclose a net worth statement to the Manhattan court that had handed down the judgment in order to calculate punitive damages in addition to the $5 million award given for the victim’s distress. However, the initial bankruptcy filing claims that Jackson has in the range of $10-$50 million both in assets and liabilities.
50 Cent has reportedly filed for bankruptcy on Monday (July 13)
Continue reading: 50 Cent Files For Bankruptcy After Sex Tape Court Verdict
50 Cent will be shelling out a pretty penny to a woman whose sex tape he posted online back in 2009.
50 Cent, A.K.A. Curtis Jackson, has reportedly been ordered to pay $5 million to a woman whose sex tape he posted online. A New York jury made their decision on Friday (10th July) and they are expected to continue deliberating on possible further punitive damages over the next week.
50 Cent was ordered to pay $5 million in damages to a woman whose sex tape he shared online.
Rick Ross was arrested on Wednesday (24th June) on charges of kidnapping and assault but who is Rick Ross? Here are five things you need to know.
Rick Ross has been in the news over the past few days as he was arrested on charges of kidnapping and assault. 39-year-old Ross was arrested in Fayette County, Georgia on Wednesday (24th June) by the U.S. Marshals' Fugitive Task Force. Few details of his alleged crime have been revealed but another man, thought to be his bodyguard, was also arrested on Wednesday and charged with the same crimes.
Rick Ross has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and assault.
The ace partnership between filmmaker Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy evolves into something formidable with this raucous action comedy, which simultaneously spoofs the espionage genre and provides some genuine thrills. From ensemble player (Bridesmaids) to costar (The Heat) and now to the star of the show, McCarthy finds a role worthy of her talents, subverting rather than exploiting her distinct physicality.
She plays Susan Cooper, a desk-jockey at the CIA who works with the field agents, guiding them by radio link through their dangerous paces. When star spy Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is taken out of service and all other top agents have their covers blown, the boss (Allison Janney) has little choice but to send the well-trained Susan into the field to take down the villainous arms dealer Rayna (Rose Byrne). With her best pal Nancy (Miranda Hart) as her office-bound helper, Susan gets into a series of disguises and travels to Paris, Rome and then Budapest. And despite the constant attempts of rogue agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) to "help" her, Susan gets ever closer to Rayna and her gangster buyer Sergio (Bobby Cannavale).
The relatively simple plot is overcrowded with characters and subplots that add absurd layers of humour to the film, almost all of which are genuinely hilarious. Best of all, none of the laughs come at the expense of Susan, a capable, smart, witty woman who's the perfect alter ego for McCarthy (and certainly much more engaging than her obnoxious-slob persona in The Heat or Tammy). She has terrific chemistry with all of her costars, flirting shamelessly with the Bond-like Law, an amusingly swaggering Statham and especially the purringly hysterical Byrne. As always, the great Janney steals every one of her few scenes. Less effective is an extended goofy cameo by Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, who at least shows willing to dive into some ridiculous comedy. There's also another terrific foil in Susan's local contact Aldo, played with leering, opportunistic relish by Peter Sarafinowicz.
Continue reading: Spy Review
Opening up about his appreciation for his peers at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, 50 Cent likens Chris Brown to Michael Jackson and admits he has an instinct when it comes to working with other people.
Ciara and Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, are reportedly dating.
Ciara is dating Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, multiple sources confirm. The 29-year-old 'Body Party' singer was first linked to Wilson last weekend when a woman sitting next to Wilson at a Seattle Mariners game was identified as Ciara. She is also down as Wilson's guest at the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner, due to take place in Washington D.C. on Saturday (25th April).
Ciara is dating Russell Wilson, according to multiple sources.
Date of birth
6th July, 1973