50 Cent
50 Cent

Birth name

Curtis James Jackson III


6 July 1975 (age 41)


South Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor

Years active



G-Unit, Caroline, Capitol, Aftermath, Shady, Interscope, Jam Master Jay, Columbia

Associated acts

Dr. Dre, Eminem, G-Unit, Jam Master Jay, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Sha Money XL, Snoop Dogg

Curtis James Jackson III (born 6 July 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor and actor from New York City, New York. Born and raised in the South Jamaica neighbourhood of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. Although he left drug dealing to pursue a musical career in the 1990s, he was involved in a near-fatal shooting in 2000. After Jackson released the mixtape Guess Who's Back? in 2002, he was discovered by Eminem and signed to Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.

With the aid of Eminem and Aftermath founder Dr. Dre, Jackson became one of the world's best selling rappers and rose to prominence after the release of his 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin'. That same year he founded G-Unit Records, signing G-Unit associates Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Jackson had similar commercial and critical success with his second album The Massacre in 2005. He released his fifth and latest album, Animal Ambition, in 2014, and is currently working on his sixth album, Street King Immortal, which is set to be released in 2016.

During his music career, Jackson has sold over thirty million albums worldwide and has won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. He has also pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiograpical 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 sixth-best artist of the 2000s by Billboard magazine. The magazine also ranked him as the fourth top male artist and as the third best rapper behind Eminem and Nelly.


Main articles: 50 Cent discography and G-Unit discography

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