Curtis Jackson

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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.

50 Cent's 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.

50 Cent's 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.

50 Cent's Private 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."

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How do you contact any of these people to assist you with either meeting your child and/or assisting in getting the word out to assist in saving your childs life? I have a 22 year old who was born with a complex congenital heart defect and polycystic disease. He has had multiple surgical corrections but after many leaps and bounds his heart has been holding up but his kidneys have not. My son as with many young adults these days has this obsession with many of the rappers and the lifestyles they portray as reality. Due to his condition he was homeschooled for the vast majority of his child hood due to many hospitalizations and because the NYC school system had a fear of what could occur.. as did I. So socialization was limited to the neighborhood in Astoria where we stayed until he was 18 because I could not bring myself to leave because of my fears and needed to be close to the better Hospitals. 2 years ago he was added to the list for a Kidney, however UNOs does not have special perimeters .. his heart defect and other issues are not there concern only a list of individuals in a line. NEXT.. the fact that he only has 3 chambers and special tubing to circulate blood doesn't matter, nor that dialysis will probably elevate his blood pressure and kill him. Because polycystic kidneys is hereditary disease all of the family members on my mother's side carry the same gene and we all have one form of the disease we cannot donate and all other family members have diabetes, hypertension, etc. Then there are the long list of his "BOYS" that were always so willing to help until he really needed it. It is a hard lesson to learn for any normal person that you really do not has friends but even harder for a person that didn't have a social life until 15 and wanted only to be normal. Didn't care if people perceived him as different things since he was so skinny and drawn because he didn't want pity, or anyone to think he was weak because he has a severe congenital heart defect and a kidney disorder. I have tried for 2 1/2 years to obtain a donor using social media and word of mouth, well I have had several people ask me for large sums of money and then several stalk me and tell me I was killing my son by not paying them, then I had several people string me and even worse him along for extended periods of time.. stating they went for testing meeting etc. well they never did. My son is now in the last stage of renal failure. He has not only lost an extensive amount of weight that he couldn't afford to but his breathing and actions have changed. They will try dialysis if they have the opportunity however the prognosis is not good .. he does not want to die but has been forced to deal with it as even living on dialysis if possible is just not living to him. 50 cent has been a person he really looks up to not only for the music but how he has over come many obstacles and is a self made man. But there are many others he respects. I am his mother so of course I want him to live but even more importantly I want him to be happy. Not being able to help your child is the worst feeling in the world and for 22 years it has beaten me down. I am not proud of that and I am hoping someone out there in this world is still good.

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Hey Curtins i just dont know what to say much am james from nigeria and i have a brother that love love Ja Rule so muhcn and i love Ja also but i love you so much and whenever they said bad at you i alwasy chalenge them and i want to you to plz do me a favour i want you to settle with Ja and am sure u will be a good combination Ja is a lovely person that like you and i love you and Llyod Banks Young Buck Tony Yayo And Olivia u are all good and talented i just wish am ur servant and i want you ro plz try and settle with Ja because me and my brother always fight because of you both and i dont like it so i want you both to be friends so me and my brother can be one i know u are the talented one u are too god more than Ja but Curtins i want you to send The game away from you he his a bastard i like him but not anymore ......you let him know he his Young Buck Servant he his aint your Mate and u settle down and know u going to say to Fat Murderf**ker Joe i hate him and how would thats sucker be talking to the Gods Father so u try and think and i wrote some words that meant for him if u would love to see it then u can send me the email am gonna send it to and here is my email curtins2jackson@yahoo.com and u send me the email am gonna send the word i wrote for Fat Sucker Joe plz try and send me ur email that am gonna send the words to.........Someone That Love you James

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Hey 50,I'm a 61 year old grandmother of 13 and a big fan.My kids think I'm off but I don't care. I have allof 50 cent cds and only listen to his music in mycar. I'm a DJ at a mature lounge and I can't playany of his music but I always defend him when I tellpeople that I listen to his music. I have learned alot about him from his music and his movie which Isaw 3 times. I'm getting the DVD when it comes out. Ialready have all of his other DVD's of his concerts.I have seen him in concert and he was great. Mydaughter bought me his calendar for a Xmas present.It hangs in my kitchen.Keep up the good work 50, I think you are a genius. geri151

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I totally agree, 50 cent is very creatively sexy I love his energy that he brings to his music. I could go on however all I can say I have a vivid imagine that cannot be shared. So hate the game not the player. xxxxxx

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He become MUSLIM!!!

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50 Cent is the best rapper out right now man. Him and Chamillionaire are the best... they hsould drop a song together... that would be tight

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Hello 50,i must tell you that you kind of muzik prepared me into rap muzik.f**k the Game, the world knows you made him what he is today,i advise him to be humble as a slave that he is.GGGGGGG UNIT.ONE LUV

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Hello 50 my name is Claudette Jarmon-Guerrero and I would hope to one day meet you in person to speak to the Spirtit that dwells inside of you. By watching you grow in the industry I have admireed your style of business antics and it has motivated me to step out on faith and let the woman that God has designed in me to come forth and start up my own business in the world of fashion and cosmetics. Im starting from the bottom but am working my way up to make all the desires in my heat come to reality, God willing. Im wanting to be the CEO of my own fashion retail company. My birthday is Dec. 31 and I would like it if I could be wherever you are on that day. I have a testimony and all I hope for in this life is to live life if you want to know who I be then you can locate me on Facebook or on Tagged. I would want you to look at who I am as a spirit of God not as a carnal minded individual upon this earth because I do not live as the world but I do live in the world if you have the ears to hear them listen and know that Im not out for anything from you. I just want to meet the man this is behind 50cent and leave it at that. Spirit to Spirit the Flesh to Flesh. You are my birthday wish or a wish for one day to come. Have a blessed day and please at least respond to me either way of what you think about this note from me to you. 21 questions. Peace

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hey heyeheyeyeheyeheyeheyeheyey um ppl contact music made a mistake on "50 CENT FILMS FAT JOES FUNERAL" whenn he reffered to "the boss" 50 wasnt talkig bout himself but rick ross aka the BOSS "The boss [(myself)] is there looking good with his number one album and he shouldn't stand next to that fat piece of s**t. Because you know how I get." [is wrong he never said that]i loooooooooooooooove 50 alot GGGGGGGGGGG-unit4 life

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50 cent ur well good rapper

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