50 Cent in New York City in 2006
|Birth name||Curtis James Jackson III|
|Years active||1998 – present|
|Labels||Jam Master Jay
Aftermath/Shady/G-Unit/Interscope, Ill Flava Records, Baby Ray Productions
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.
Career[change | edit 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 debut 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. 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 | edit source]
- 2003: Get Rich or Die Tryin'
- 2005: The Massacre
- 2007: Curtis
- 2009: Before I Self Destruct
- 2014: Street King Immortal (In Production)
Awards[change | edit source]
Grammy Awards[change | edit source]
|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 | edit 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.
|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 | edit source]
|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")|
|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||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|
|The Ski Mask Way||Seven||Pre-production|
|Jekyll and Hyde||Pre-production|
|Morning Glory||Himself||In production|
References[change | edit source]
- "Get Rich or Die Tryin' Movie Review - ComingSoon.net". comingsoon.net. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsnews.php?id=11917. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Gundersen, Edna (September 3, 2005). 'Massacre' sales top one million. USA Today. Accessed May 22, 2007.
- 46th Grammy Awards - 2004. Rock on the Net. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
- 48th Grammy Awards - 2006. Rock on the Net. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
- 50th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List. Grammy.com. Accessed December 13, 2007.
- Lews, Earl (October 13, 2003). 50 Cent Snags Five World Music Awards. AllHipHop. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
- Winslow, Mike (November 6, 2007). 50 Cent Named Best Selling Hip-Hop Artist in the World. AllHipHop. Accessed on November 12, 2007.
- 50 Cent to be appearing in Modern Warfare 2 -Destructoid Archived 17 February 2012 at WebCite
- 50 Cent Visits Infinity Ward (Creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) - ThisIs50.com Archived 17 February 2012 at WebCite
- Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson set to star in the movie TWELVE - ThisIs50.com
Other websites[change | edit source]