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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."
Fiddy will make a $7.4 million payment to various creditors under a judge-approved scheme to get the rapper out of bankruptcy.
A judge in Connecticut has approved 50 Cent’s plans to re-organise his finances and pay back creditors after he filed for bankruptcy last year.
Despite being declared one of the richest rappers in the world just a few years ago, in July 2015 the star, real name Curtis Jackson III, applied to be declared bankrupt, citing debts of $36 million and assets of less than $20 million.
To commence the bankruptcy plan, approved by a federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday (July 6th), he will make a $7.4 million payment, according to the Hartford Courant. Under the plan, creditors who hold unsecured claims will received between 74% and 92% of what they are owed, depending on how quickly Jackson makes the payments.
Continue reading: Federal Judge Approves 50 Cent's Bankruptcy Re-Organisation Plan
The rapper failed to skip an offending line in 'P.I.M.P.'.
You'd think that most rappers would know by now to moderate their language when performing in less tolerant nations than the USA, but 50 Cent apparently forgot all about that when he rapped along to his hit single 'P.I.M.P.' in St. Kitts and found himself arrested when he failed to skip the profanities in the track.
50 Cent's bad language gets him arrested
The rapper was ordered to pay a fine after being arrested in St. Kitts in the Caribbean on Saturday night (June 25th 2016) for using the word 'motherf***ing' in public. 50 Cent was performing 'P.I.M.P.' from his 2003 debut album 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'', and he - whether intentionally or obliviously - finished off the hook with 'No Cadillac, no perms, you can't see/ That I'm a motherf***ing P.I.M.P.'.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Arrested For Cursing On Stage In The Caribbean
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
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
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!”
The supposedly bankrupt rapper had been flaunting the cash on his Instagram account.
Rapper 50 Cent has claimed the money that he’s flaunted in recent Instagram posts is actually fake and not real currency. The rapper, who filled for bankruptcy in June 2015, was asked to explain where the money in the pictures came from by a bankruptcy court in Connecticut.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Tells Bankruptcy Court His Instagram Cash Is Fake
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
Rock is hosting the Oscars for the first time since 2005, but the #OscarsStillSoWhite uproar has led to calls for him to step down altogether rather than try to initiate change from within.
Oscars host Chris Rock is coming under increasing calls to boycott the awards ceremony in the aftermath of the controversial nominations last week, in which none of the 20 acting nominations went to a black or ethnic minority actor.
#OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsStillSoWhite have kept the furore going on social media since the announcement of the major acting and directing categories happened a week ago, and now a number of celebrities including Furious 7 star Tyrese Gibson are arguing that Rock ought to step down as host.
Chris Rock is under pressure to step down as Oscars host after the diversity row over nominations
Continue reading: Chris Rock Under Pressure To Step Down As Oscars Host In Diversity Row
The rapper - real name Curtis Jackson - posted a short video of himself opening his fridge, to find masses of currency inside.
Despite claiming bankruptcy earlier this year, it would seem that 50 Cent has a lot of cold, hard cash – quite literally. The rapper has bundles of $100 bills and keeps them inside a refrigerator, according to a new video he posted.
On Friday (November 27th), the supposedly cash-strapped star – whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III – put up a video on his Instagram account showing him opening his fridge looking for some cheese. Indeed, he can be heard saying “Get me a piece of this cheese” in the clip. However, all the shelves were full of wads of $100 bills.
Continue reading: 50 Cent Keeps Bundles Of $100 Bills In His Refrigerator
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
Date of birth
6th July, 1973
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