Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent, III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur, investor and actor from New York City. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, He was raised in a broken home by his single mother, Sabrina, who gave birth to him when she was fifteen.
As a cocaine dealing mother, Sabrina raised Jackson until she was murdered when Jackson was eight. She lost consciousness after an unknown assailant drugged her drink; the assailant then turned on the gas and closed the windows of her apartment.
After his mother’s death, Jackson moved into his grandparents’ house with his eight aunts and uncles. He began boxing at about age 11, he had boyhood aspirations to be a boxer, and during the mid-1980s, he competed in the Junior Olympics, but he began selling drugs at age 12, Jackson began dealing narcotics when his grandparents thought he was in after-school programs and brought guns and drug money to school. In the tenth grade, he was caught by metal detectors at Andrew Jackson High School.
On June 29, 1994, Jackson was arrested for selling four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was arrested again three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine and a starting pistol. Although Jackson was sentenced to three to nine years in prison, he served six months in a boot camp and earned his GED.
Jackson adopted the nickname “50 Cent” as a metaphor for change. The name was inspired by Kelvin Martin, a 1980s Brooklyn robber known as “50 Cent”; Jackson chose it “because it says everything I want it to say. I’m the same kind of person 50 Cent was. I provide for myself by any means.”
Jackson began rapping in a friend’s basement, where he used turntables to record over instrumentals. In 1996 a friend introduced him to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, who was establishing Jam Master Jay Records. Jay taught him how to count bars, write choruses, structure songs and make records. Jackson’s first appearance was on “React” with Onyx, for their 1998 album Shut ‘Em Down. He credited Jam Master Jay for improving his ability to write hooks, and Jay produced Jackson’s first (unreleased) album. In 1999, after Jackson left Jam Master Jay, the platinum-selling producers Trackmasters signed him to Columbia Records. They sent him to an upstate New York studio, where he produced thirty-six songs in two weeks; eighteen were included on his 2000 album, Power of the Dollar. Jackson founded Hollow Point Entertainment with former G-Unit member Bang ‘Em Smurf.
Jackson’s popularity began to grow after the successful, controversial underground single “How to Rob”, which he wrote in a half-hour car ride to a studio. The track comically describes how he would rob famous artists. Jackson explained the song’s rationale: “There’s a hundred artists on that label, you gotta separate yourself from that group and make yourself relevant”. Rappers Jay-Z, Kurupt, Sticky Fingaz, Big Pun, DMX, Wyclef Jean and the Wu-Tang Clan responded to the track, and Nas invited Jackson to join him on his Nastradamus tour. Although “How to Rob” was intended to be released with “Thug Love” (with Destiny’s Child), two days before he was scheduled to film the “Thug Love” music video Jackson was shot and hospitalized. During the time in which his girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins had just given birth to his son, Marquise Jackson.
Although he left drug-dealing to pursue a musical career, he was struck by nine bullets in a 2000 shooting. After Jackson released the compilation album Guess Who’s Back? in 2002, he was discovered by Eminem and signed by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.
With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre (who produced his first major-label album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’), Jackson became one of the world’s best-selling rappers and rose to prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit.
In 2003 he founded G-Unit Records, signing his G-Unit associates Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Jackson had similar commercial and critical success with his second album, The Massacre, which was released in 2005. He released his fifth studio album, Animal Ambition, in 2014 and is working on his sixth studio album: Street King Immortal, scheduled for release in 2015.
During his career Jackson has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. He has pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), the Iraq War film Home of the Brave (2006) and Righteous Kill (2008). 50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s, the third-best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly), and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre were ranked the 12th and 37th best albums of the decade by Billboard.
50 Cent’s debut release, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, was produced by Eminem and Dre. It was a massive success that eventually reached sales of 9 million units. Its singles, including “Wanksta” and “In Da Club,” were crossover hits on the pop charts, since 50 Cent’s gritty lyrics were backed by catchy musical hooks that appealed to audiences beyond the hip-hop scene. His personal appearance—muscled and tattooed, wearing a bulletproof vest and toting a handgun—was also a strong factor in his appeal, as was the fact that his rap lyrics were based on real-life experiences.
Get Rich was followed another hit album, 2005’s The Massacre, on which 50 Cent continued to rap about drugs, crime and sex on tracks like “Candy Shop” and “Just a Lil Bit.” Later releases, including Curtis in 2007 and Before I Self-Destruct in 2009, didn’t achieve the same sales figures. However, 50 Cent’s personal history as a “gangsta,” a criminal and a survivor of drugs, violence and poverty who had lived to tell the tale, had made him an influential figure in hip-hop culture.
Jackson is known as one of the biggest hip-hop stars of the 2000s, famous for his streetwise raps and his rags-to-riches life story.
I come from the bottom and I have risen up and I have changed but I have never forgotten.”
Jackson has two sons. On October 13, 1997 Jackson’s girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, gave birth to son Marquise Jackson. Tompkins later sued him for $50 million, saying that he said that he would take care of her for life. The suit, with 15 causes of action, was dismissed by a judge who called it “an unfortunate tale of a love relationship gone sour.” As of February 2009, Tompkins and her lawyer were considering an appeal.
Marquise’s birth changed Jackson’s outlook on life: 50 was quotes saying…..
When my son came into my life, my priorities changed, because I wanted to have the relationship with him that I didn’t have with my father”.
He credited his son for inspiring his career and being the “motivation to go in a different direction” Jackson has a tattooed “Marquise” with an axe on his right bicep (“The axe is ’cause I’m a warrior. I don’t want him to be one, though”), and has “50”, “Southside” and “Cold World” on his back.
Jackson dated model Daphne Joy and had his second son, Sire Jackson, with her, on September 1, 2012. At just two years old, Sire modeled for Kidz Safe, a headphone brand for kids, earning $700,000 through his contract.
He dated actress Vivica A. Fox for several months in 2003, announcing their breakup on The Howard Stern Show when their photos appeared on the cover of the magazine Today’s Black Woman without his knowledge. Jackson also dated comedienne Chelsea Handler and singer Ciara.
Forbes noted Jackson’s wealth in 2007, ranking him second behind Jay-Z in the rap industry. He lives in a Farmington, Connecticut mansion formerly owned by ex-boxer Mike Tyson, listing it for sale at $18.5 million to move closer to his son (who lives on Long Island with his ex-girlfriend). The mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut declared October 12, 2007 “50 Cent Curtis Jackson Day”, honoring the rapper with a proclamation and a key to the city. One of Jackson’s New York homes, purchased in January 2007 for $2.4 million and the center of a lawsuit between Jackson and Shaniqua Tompkins, caught fire on May 31, 2008 while he was filming in Louisiana.
In December 2008 he told the Canadian press that he had lost several million dollars in the stock market and, unable to sell his Connecticut mansion, had postponed Before I Self-Destruct because of the economic downturn. Jackson won a lawsuit in November 2009 against Taco Bell over the fast-food chain’s use of his name without permission.
On July 13, 2015, Jackson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut. On July 17, 2015, the Court issued an order allowing a creditor to proceed with the punitive damages phase of a trial against Jackson in a New York state court, in connection with the alleged release of a private video.
50 Cent said in his own voice……”I don’t know what you heard about me; but you can’t get a $ out of me! I’m filing a Chapter 11 BANKRUPTCY! LOL!!!!!
Okay….I’m done with the jokes and I’m going to leave you all on a “Power” positive note!
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is currently the producer of the hot new televisions series “Power” and also has a recurring role as Kanan.
“Power” is an American drama television series airing on Starz. The show was created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. It premiered on June 7, 2014.
On June 11, 2014, Starz renewed Power for a ten-episode second season, which began on June 6, 2015. On June 10, 2015 because of the very positive ratings of its season 2 premiere, Power was renewed for a third season.
Yeah baby! You can’t hold a “G” down! As 50 was quoted above!
I come from the bottom and I have risen up and I have changed but I have never forgotten.”
GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN!