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50 Cent

Born in the South Jamaica section of Queens, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has lived in New York City all his life. Raised by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was only eight. Growing up, the Queens rapper originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but eventually fell back on rapping. DJs had taken it upon themselves to release two Best of 50 Cent mix CDs, before he had even signed to a major label. 50 Cent hit the scene with "How To Rob" and he's been on a rampage ever since dealing with bootleggers, label back stabbing and other platinum selling artists trying to get at him physically. In 1999 his album Power of the Dollar, was heavily bootlegged and Trackmasters/Columbia never released it. Supposedly, Trackmasters weren't comfortable with him being caught up in the streets and getting shot three days before filming the video for "Thug Love," (with Destiny's Child) -- his first single. 50 was shot three times that night, two shots hitting him in the head, the bullet that struck his face he carries as a reminder of what happened. That event led to the fall out with Columbia and negotiating his release from their grasps. He still showed love and rhymed over a Trackmasters produced remix of "I'm Gonna Be Alright" on J-Lo's latest album, but rivals at Murder Inc. had 50 cut from the track which could have launched the rapper. This all changed in one night when Eminem said on a radio show that "50 Cent is definitely my favorite rapper right now, he's the only one keeping it real." The very next day a bidding war started on 50, ending when 50 signed to Eminem's very own label Shady/Aftermath. 50 Cent's fame has exploded, being produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem and finally making his debut album "Get rich or Die Tryin'." 50 has full access and advantage of the streets through mix-tapes; that's his forum because he controls it. 50 Cent is the most anticipated artist of 2003. It's well deserved because he's "been patiently waiting."


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Born:
Jul 6, 1975 In Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
29
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-02-24

1 win & 13 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Poster of Entourage
Poster of The Wire
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Power Kanan 44 episodes, 2014-2020 2014
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
The Finder Unknown 2012
Dream Machines Unknown 2012-04-05
Oprah Prime Unknown 2012-01-01
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
The X Factor Unknown 2011-09-01
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
50 Cent: The Money and the Power Unknown 2008-11-06
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
The Hills Unknown 2006-05-31
Flavor of Love Unknown 2006-01-01
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Meet the Barkers Unknown 2005-04-06
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
Chappelle's Show Unknown 2003-01-22
America's Next Top Model Unknown 2003-05-20
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
The Wire Unknown 2002-06-02
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11