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Sunday, 8 July 2018

BIOGRAPHY: American Rapper 50 Cent Is 43 Years Old

Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent, is a hip hop artist and businessman who became famous for his streetwise raps and rags-to-riches life story. After an early life of crime, drugs and violence, he turned to rap, rocketing to stardom with the album Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2003.

50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson III on July 6, 1975, in the borough of Queens in New York City. He was raised by a single mother in the rough neighborhood of Jamaica. His mom worked as a drug dealer and died in an unexplained fire when 50Cent was only eight years old; after her death, he was raised by his grandmother. He had boyhood aspirations to be a boxer.

On June 29, 1994, Jackson was arrested for selling four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was arrested again three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine and a starter's pistol. Although Jackson was sentenced to three to nine years in prison, he served six months in a boot camp (where he earned his high-school equivalency diploma).
In 2000, 50 Cent was the victim of a severe shooting incident that left him with multiple injuries. He returned to music after his recovery and made several low-budget recordings with his friends Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, as a crew called G-Unit. Their efforts came to the attention of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who heard 50 Cent's "Guess Who’s Back?" mixtape in 2002 and signed him jointly to their labels, Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment.

During his career 50 Cent has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and 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 pursued an acting career.

On October 13, 1996, Jackson's girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, gave birth to son Marquise Jackson. Marquise's birth changed Jackson's outlook on life: "When my son came into my life, my priorities changed, because I wanted to have the relationship with him that I didn't have with my father".

He credited his son for inspiring his career and being the "motivation to go in a different direction". Jackson has a tattooed "Marquise" with an axe on his right bicep. In 2005, 50Cent supported President George W. Bush after rapper Kanye West criticized Bush for a slow response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Forbes noted 50cent’s wealth in 2007, ranking him second behind Jay-Z in the rap industry.


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Endy Edeson


Olayiwola, I thought "Living Things" by 9ice is your ringtone.
[hook/chorus] as a living thing i wanna be ontop of things i wanna be doing things i wanna be controlling things i wanna be enterprising yeh ki n sa ti l’owo ole lob’omo je ki n sa ti l’owo wire wire ki n sa ti l’owo money order ki n sa ti l’owo ole je come and marry ki n sa ti l’owo ah, ah, ah.

Libra, back then in 2003, I rocked "in da club" almost every night at parties. Then, I was a party guy. In fact, I do break dance with the song 😎

Aruoture Goodie

Still one of my favorite, definitely behind Nas, Tupac and Canibus... Love his business strategy
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Endy Edeson

@Goodie: Behind NAS? Is it because NAS came before him or does more of inspirational rap songs

Joshua Ede Emmanuel

Happy birthday legend in-da-club cronner

Browayson John Sr.

Happy birthday 50.. His hit tracks back then really blew the airwaves, I loved him bck then Endy, lol!

Endy Edeson

@John; So, you are also a NIGGA too? Okay oooo. 😎 I still remember back then when I do break dance on 50Cent songs at party. I was really a happening guy then. Seriously John, one thing I discovered about rap music is that it tells much of life situations. it is like gospel to the soul

@Joshua: I believed you also rocked the song in parties

Browayson John Sr.

Hahahahahahahahaha I wouldn't say I was a nigga bck then Endy but you knw growing up as a teenager bck then, our house in NAF base Jos was like d place where you get every latest hit track & when 50's in da club came out I wasn't in Jos, I was in edo state my mom's village receiving treatment but came bck to Jos to discover that the song was like wild fire in d cities while I was away in d village, had to do some catch up b4 I finally settled down to reality of d city lol, so i'm still that cool dude who's just ecclectic & loves good music lol!
But you on d oda hand, i can imagine you bck then how you were & d dance steps lol! , u were a very gud dancer then i blv llol!

Timothy N. Goodluck

He is my all time favorite rapper, i love 50 and I was happy to watch him live from the VIP when he performed live at Polo Club, GRA in Port Harcourt some yrs back... His book the 50th Law is also a good one to read.

Respect to 50cent

Endy Edeson

@John: Nice, good you didn't lag behind in following up on music trends. @Timothy; wow! That's a historic moment to have watched him perform live

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