Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, songwriter, television producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He rose to prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit. He executive-produces and stars in the show Power, which airs on Starz. 50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper by Billboard.
About 50 Cent in brief
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, songwriter, television producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age 12 during the 1980s crack epidemic. With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre, Jackson became one of the world’s best selling rappers and rose to prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit. Jackson has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards and three American Music Awards. He executive-produces and stars in the show Power, which airs on Starz. 50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper by Billboard. He has also pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the Iraq War film Home of the Brave, and Righteous Kill. He is currently working on his sixth studio album, Street King Immortal, which will be released in 2019. 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 I provide for myself by any means,” 50 Cent said in an interview. “It’s not about me, it’s about the people I care about and what I want to do with my life,” he said of his nickname.
“50 Cent” is a nickname he adopted as a metaphor for change; he adopted the nickname as he wanted to change the way the world sees him and his family. He was born in Queens, New York City, and raised in its South Jamaica neighbourhood by his mother Sabrina. He began boxing at about age 11, and when he was 14, a neighbor opened a boxing gym for local youth. In 1996, a friend introduced him to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, who was a friend of Jay’s. In 1999, Jackson produced Jay’s first album, Trackmasters, which went platinum. In 2000, he produced Power of the Dollar for Columbia Records, but days before the planned release he was shot and the album was never released. In 2002, after Jackson released the compilation album Guess Who’s Back?, he was discovered by Eminem and signed to Shady Records, under the aegis of Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. He 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 as of 2019, is working on a sixth album, which is scheduled for release in 2015. Jackson was arrested for selling four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer on June 29, 1994, He was arrested again three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine, and a starting pistol.