Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage
name 50 Cent, is an American rapper and actor. He rose to fame with
the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) and The
Massacre (2005). Get Rich or Die Tryin has been certified 8 times
platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
His album The Massacre has been certified 5 times platinum by the
RIAA and has sold 11 million copies worldwide.
Born in South Jamaica, Queens, Jackson began drug dealing at the
age of twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. After leaving drug
dealing to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine
bullets during an incident in 2000. After releasing his album Guess
Who's Back? in 2002, Jackson was discovered by rapper Eminem and
signed to Interscope Records. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre,
who produced his first major commercial successes, Jackson became
one of the world's highest selling rappers. In 2003, he founded
the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful
rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo.
Jackson has engaged in feuds with other rappers including Ja Rule,
Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Cam'ron, Rick Ross, and former G-Unit members
The Game and Young Buck. He has also pursued an acting career, appearing
in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2005,
the Iraq War film Home of the Brave in 2006, and Righteous Kill
in 2008. 50 Cent was ranked as the 6th best artist of the 2000-2009
decade by "Billboard Magazine." .....