Mostly Credited As: 50 Cent
Sometimes Credited As: Boo Boo
Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson
Birth Name: Curtis James Jackson III
Date Of Birth: July 06, 1975 (Age 38)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Queens, New York City, New York
Height: 6' (1.82 m)
Curtis James Jackson, known commonly as 50 Cent, born on July 6, 1975 in Queens, New York is a popular African-American rapper, also known as Fiddy or Fifty, who rose to fame following the success of his 2003 debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Originally from Southside Jamaica, Queens, 50 Cent is currently one of the most well-known and commercially successful rappers of the decade. Because the success of an artist in gangsta rap often depends on street credibility and reputation, Interscope Records has sold 50 Cent as the "real deal". His mother was murdered in a drug deal. He has been shot 3 times (commonly mistaken as 9 times, because 9 bullets were fired at him), stabbed, and he built a large rap empire in New York City before ever signing a major record deal.
50 Cent's continued success seems guaranteed by his modest underground fanbase and the street credibility he has gained by appearing on almost every major mix tape sold in New York in the past few years. The rapper, who was the first to sign to a joint effort between Eminem's Shady Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, was scouted before knowing Dr. Dre or Eminem. Eminem first encountered 50 Cent with MTV News reporter Sway Calloway, apparently having not heard any of his performances before seeing him in person. He then appeared on the 8 Mile soundtrack with an accompanying song and video ("Wanksta") that immediately went into heavy rotation on BET, MTV, and radio stations across the country.
Before signing to Interscope, 50 Cent was living with his grandparents. He soon became immersed in the drug trade, hustling around his native neighborhood by the name of "Boo Boo" with fellow Queens native Tony Yayo. In June of 1994, Jackson was arrested on felony drug charges. Being a second time offender, Jackson was able to plead out of significant prison time by accepting seven months in a "shock incarceration" boot camp. He would later brag about this as his doing "seven to nine." He became a father to a son, Marquise, in 1997.
Jackson met up with Jam Master Jay (JMJ) of Run-DMC fame and was signed to his label JMJ. Once Jay had taught him the basics, 50 left the label in search of someone who could help him achieve his dream of rap stardom. He teamed up with the hip-hop production duo Track Masters, who had recognized his talent for incisive lyrics. 50 Cent was signed to Columbia Records in 1999.
"How to Rob", an ode to robbing a slew of industry rappers, was a hit for New York radio. His debut album "Power of the Dollar" was never released, as he was dropped from Columbia Records shortly after his shooting in 2000.
G-unit: 50 cent,Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Sha Money XL, Prov, Bang Em Surf, Ice, and Bolo