Born Curtis James Jackson III, 50 Cent was born on July 6th, 1975 in Queens, New York. He had an extremely troubled childhood. His mother, a drug dealer, died in an unexplained fire when he was only 8 years old. Jackson was then raised by his grandmother for the remainder of his childhood.
At a young age, Jackson had dreams of becoming a boxer but began selling drugs at the young age of 12. When he was 19, Jackson was arrested by an undercover cop for selling cocaine. Instead of serving time, Jackson went to boot camp and received his GED. It was during this time that he changed his name to 50 Cent and began his hip-hop career.
50 Cent’s first big break was meeting Jam Master Jay, a member of Run-DMC. After a few struggles in the industry, he caught the eye of Eminem and Dr. Dre. 50 Cent was soon signed jointly to each of their labels.
50 Cent soon dropped his debut album Get Rich or Die Trying which was produced by both Eminem and Dr. Dre. This album featured hits like In Da Club and Wanksta. 50 Cent went on to release hit albums and tracks like Candy Shop and more. With every song he released, he solidified his image as a reformed criminal with solid street-cred.
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Despite his massive success in the hip-hop realm, 50 Cent decided to venture into business. He invested in VitaminWater and began a solid acting career.
50 Cent did run into some legal trouble when he released a sex tape featuring the girlfriend of Rick Ross. He was found guilty by a jury and was required to pay $7 million in damages. On top of that, 50 Cent’s headphone company, Sleek Audio, filed for bankruptcy in 2016 and he was required to pay creditors $23 million over five years.
Despite these struggles, 50 Cent is still killing it. Check back in with The Shade Room for all the real-time 50 Cent updates!