Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975) known by his professional name 50 Cent is an American rapper, actor, and businessman.
Curtis James Jackson III
July 6, 1975
Queens, New York City, U.S.
Early life change
He was born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York City on July 6, 1975. Growing up, he never knew his father and his mother were murdered when he was just 8 years old. He grew up in a neighborhood called STP. He learned how to play basketball and football. In 2000, he got shot nine times by an attacker. Before becoming a rapper he was a drug dealer. His stage name is a tribute to New York City criminal Kelvin Martin (also known as 50 Cent).
50 Cent first appeared on Onyx's 1998 single "React". In 1999, he recorded the single "How to Rob" for the soundtrack of In Too Deep. Power of the Dollar was supposed to be 50 Cent's first album which included "How to Rob". He became successful in rap music in 2002. He was helped by his fellow gang boss Rijaan D. M. (the same person who helped him release track "Wanksta"). Since then, he has sold millions of records. His first album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" broke music records and went multi-platinum. It was number one right away on the Billboard 200. It sold 872,000 copies in the first four days. 50 and the album both won an American Music Award. He won the first Sound of... award by the BBC for new artists. He also won the BET Award for Best New Artist.
In the summer of 2005, 50 Cent had a fight (or "beef") with The Game, a rapper in his G-Unit group. After this, The Game left G-Unit, and made some diss songs about 50 Cent. 50 Cent answered with songs like "Mr. Potato Head" and "300 shots" featuring G-Unit. 50 Cent was also the first to sign onto a joint effort between Eminem's Shady Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. 50 Cent also mentions Rijaan D.M. in many of his tracks e.g. Candy Shop, 'Down On Me FT Jeremih' etc. As a teen. 50 Cent's role model was Tupac Shakur so, from the start his ambition was to be a gangster rapper. 50 Cent rapped on Michael Jackson's 2010 single "Monster" from Jackson's album Michael.
- 2003: Get Rich or Die Tryin'
- 2005: The Massacre
- 2007: Curtis
- 2009: Before I Self Destruct
- 2014: Animal Ambition
- 2017: Street King Immortal (scrapped)
Collaborative albums change
Grammy Awards change
|2004||50 Cent||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|"In da Club"||Best Male Rap Solo Performance||Nominated|
|Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|"Magic Stick" (with Lil' Kim)||Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group||Nominated|
|Get Rich or Die Tryin'||Best Rap Album||Nominated|
|2006||"Disco Inferno"||Best Male Rap Solo Performance||Nominated|
|"Encore" (with Eminem & Dr. Dre)||Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group||Nominated|
|"Hate It or Love It" (with The Game)||Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group||Nominated|
|"Candy Shop"||Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|"Hate It or Love It"||Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|The Massacre||Best Rap Album||Nominated|
|2008||"I Get Money"||Best Rap Solo Performance||Nominated|
|"Ayo Technology" (with Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)||Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|2010||"Crack A Bottle"(with Eminem & Dr. Dre)||Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group||Won|
World Music Awards change
|2003||50 Cent||Best Artist of the Year||Won|
|50 Cent||Best New Artist||Won|
|50 Cent||Best R&B Act||Won|
|50 Cent||Best Hip-Hop Act||Won|
|50 Cent||Best Pop Act||Won|
|2007||50 Cent||Best-Selling Hip-Hop Artist||Won|
|2005||Get Rich or Die Tryin'||Marcus "Young Caesar" Greer||Main role|
|2006||Home of the Brave||Spc. Jamal Aiken|
|2008||Righteous Kill||Marcus "Spider" Smith|
|2008||Before I Self Destruct||Clarence Jenkins||Writer/director|
|2009||Streets of Blood||Det. Stan Johnson|
|2009||Dead Man Running||Thigo|
|2010||Caught in the Crossfire||Tino||Executive producer|
|2011||Blood Out||Hardwick||Executive producer|
|2011||All Things Fall Apart||Deon Barnes||Writer|
|2012||Freelancers||Det. Jonas "Malo" Maldonado||Producer|
|2012||Fire with Fire||Lamar||Producer|
|2013||The Frozen Ground||Pimp Clate Johnson||Producer|
|2014||The Prince||The Pharmacy|
|2016||Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Himself|
|2018||Den of Thieves||Levi Enson Levoux|
|2018||Escape Plan 2: Hades||Hush|
|2019||Escape Plan: The Extractors||Hush|
|2003–04||The Howard Stern Show||Himself||3 episodes|
|2003–2014||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself||10 episodes|
|2005||The Simpsons||Himself||Episode: "Pranksta Rap"|
|2005–07||Late Show with David Letterman||Himself||2 episodes|
|2005–08||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Himself||3 episodes|
|2005–2010||The View||Himself||2 episodes|
|2006||Flavor of Love||Himself||Famous Friends and Strangeness|
|2006||Last Call with Carson Daly||Himself||2 episodes|
|2007||Diary||Himself||MTVs Diary of 50 Cent|
|2007||America's Next Top Model||Himself||Episode: "The Girl Who Gets Thrown in the Pool"|
|2007–2010||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Himself||2 episodes|
|2007–2013||MTV Cribs||Himself||2 episodes|
|2008–09||50 Cent: The Money and the Power||Himself||Episode: "Choose Your Crew Wisely"|
|2008–09||The Tyra Banks Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|2009||Entourage||Himself||Episode: "One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car"|
|2009||The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien||Himself||Season 1: Episode 105|
|2009||Party Monsters Cabo||Himself||Episode 6|
|2009||The Graham Norton Show||Himself||Season 6, Episode 10|
|2009–2010||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||Himself||2 episodes|
|2009–2013||Rachael Ray||Himself||3 episodes|
|2009–2014||Chelsea Lately||Himself||2 episodes|
|2011||George Lopez||Himself||1 episode|
|2011||The X Factor||Himself||Live season finale, part 2 of 2|
|2012||The Finder||Big Glade||Episode: "Life After Death"|
|2012||Dream Machines||Himself||2 episodes|
|2013||Robot Chicken||Gun/Himself||Episode: "Eaten by Cats"|
|2014–2020||Power||Kanan Stark||Main role|
|2014||The Today Show||Himself||Episode 2.56|
|2017||50 Central||Himself||2 episodes|
|2020||For Life||Cassius Dawkins||Recurring role|
Video games change
|2005||50 Cent: Bulletproof||Himself||Voice and likeness|
|2009||50 Cent: Blood on the Sand||Himself||Voice and likeness|
|2009||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Navy SEAL||Voice only|
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