50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) was born on July 06, 1975 in Queens, New York, USA. He is known as one of the biggest hip-hop stars ever, famous by his streetwise (gangsta) rap. He became a renowned popular African-American hip hop artist, and no 1. in the world.
He was raised in a broken home in the rough neighborhood of Jamaica. His single mother Sabrina worked as a drug dealer and was murdered when Jackson was only 8 years old. After her death, his father left the family, and so his grandparents raised him. When he was a teenager he wanted to be a boxer, but he began selling drugs. After a few years living as a criminal, he turned to a career as a rapper.
For a few years he stayed away from crime and began making music. He was promoted by Dr. Dre and Eminem, the hip-hop legends. With his debut release, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ he became a star. He produced eighteen songs for his unofficially released album, ‘Power of the Dollar’.
Three singles preceded the album’s proposed release, namely “Thug Love” featuring Destiny’s Child, “Your Life’s on the Line” and “How to Rob”. After being shot and recovered, 50 Cent headed for Canada and with the help from his business partner Sha Money XL, together they produced a large number of tracks. After Dre-produced lead single from “Get Rich”, “In da Club”, his talent finally payed off because that single changed his life.
It has ben sold in almost 900,000 copies just the first week. His career and populartity just rises day after day. The rest of the albums that he recorded: (2005) The Massacre, (2007) Curtis, (2009) Before I Self Destruct, (2010) Black Magic, (2012) 5 (Murder by Numbers), (2006) God’s Plan, (2006) 50 Cent Is The Future, (2006) No Mercy, No Fear, (2002) Guess Who’s Back? (2005) and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (soundtrack).
He was also acting in a many movies and was producer of the movies, and these are the most known: Spy (2015), The Prince (2014), Escape Plan (2013), How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2013), Freelancers (2012), Fire with Fire (2012), Home of the Brave (2006), Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), Twelve (2010), 13 (2010), Caught in the Crossfire (2010), Dead Man Running (2009) and Before I Self Destruct (2009).
In Jamaica, Queens an assassin attempted to kill him, shooting him nine times. He luckily survived and spent thirteen days in recovery. He has a son, named Marquise Jackson, with his then girlfriend, Shaniqua. He loves his son very much because he says that the birth of the son shoved him the right way to go, and his son is now an inspiration for his songs.