50 Cent

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50 Cent

50 Cent in New York City in 2006
Background information
Birth name Curtis James Jackson III
Years active 1996 – present
Labels Jam Master Jay
Columbia
Violator
Aftermath/Shady/G-Unit/Interscope, Ill Flava Records, Baby Ray Productions
Website 50cent.com,
ThisIs50.com

50 Cent (also known as "Fiddy", "Fitty" or "Fifty") is an American rap singer. He was born in Queens, New York on July 6, 1975. 50 Cent is his public name, but he was born Curtis Jackson. Growing up, he never knew his father and his mother was murdered when he was just 8 years old. He grew up mostly in a neighborhood called STP. He learned how to play basketball and football. He got shot nine times in STP. Before he was a rapper he was a drug dealer.[1]

Career[change | change source]

50 Cent first 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.[2] 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 "Monster" on Michael Jackson's 2010 album Michael.

Albums[change | change source]

Awards[change | change source]

Grammy Awards[change | change source]

The Grammy Awards are awarded each year by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 50 Cent has been nominated 14 times and won once.[3][4][5]

Year Nominated work Award Result
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 | change source]

The World Music Awards is a yearly international awards show. It honors recording artists based on their worldwide sales figures. The figures are provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 50 Cent has won six awards.[6][7]

Year Nominated work Award Result
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

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 50 Cent: The New Breed Himself Documentary DVD
2005 The Simpsons Himself TV series (one episode: "Pranksta Rap")
Get Rich or Die Tryin' Marcus Film debut
50 Cent: Bulletproof Himself Video game, voice only
2006 Home of the Brave Jamal Aiken
2007 De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7 Himself TV series (one episode: "Episode #1.1")
2008 Righteous Kill Spider
Before I Self Destruct Clarence
50 Cent: The Money and the Power Himself TV series (one episode: "Choose Your Crew Wisely")
2009 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Himself Video game, voice only
Streets of Blood Stan Johnson Completed
Entourage Himself TV series (one episode: "One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car")
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[8][9] Soldier Video game, voice only
Dead Man Running Thigo Post-production
Everything's Alright Amos Jenks In production
Caught in the Crossfire Tino Post-production, executive producer
2010 13 Jimmy Post-production
The Dance[10] Announced
The Ski Mask Way Seven Pre-production
Twelve[10] Lionel Post-production
Jekyll and Hyde Pre-production
Morning Glory Himself In production

References[change | change source]

  1. "Get Rich or Die Tryin' Movie Review - ComingSoon.net". comingsoon.net. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsnews.php?id=11917. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  2. Gundersen, Edna (September 3, 2005). 'Massacre' sales top one million. USA Today. Accessed May 22, 2007.
  3. 46th Grammy Awards - 2004. Rock on the Net. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
  4. 48th Grammy Awards - 2006. Rock on the Net. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
  5. 50th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List. Grammy.com. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  6. Lews, Earl (October 13, 2003). 50 Cent Snags Five World Music Awards. AllHipHop. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
  7. Winslow, Mike (November 6, 2007). 50 Cent Named Best Selling Hip-Hop Artist in the World. AllHipHop. Accessed on November 12, 2007.
  8. 50 Cent to be appearing in Modern Warfare 2 -Destructoid Archived 17 February 2012 at WebCite
  9. 50 Cent Visits Infinity Ward (Creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) - ThisIs50.com Archived 17 February 2012 at WebCite
  10. 10.0 10.1 Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson set to star in the movie TWELVE - ThisIs50.com

Other websites[change | change source]