50 Cent

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50 Cent
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50 Cent in 2018
Curtis James Jackson III

(1975-07-06) July 6, 1975 (age 47)
Queens, New York City, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • actor
  • television producer
  • record producer
  • record executive
  • businessman
Years active1996 (1996)–present[1]
OrganizationG-Unity Foundation
  • Albums
  • singles
  • group
  • videography
  • tours
AwardsFull list
Musical career
GenresHip hop

Curtis Jackson, (born July 6, 1975) known by his professional name 50 Cent is an American rapper, actor, and businessman.

Early life[change | change source]

He was born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York City on July 6, 1975. Growing up, he never knew his father and his mother were murdered when he was just 8 years old. He grew up in a neighborhood called STP. He learned how to play basketball and football. In 2000, he got shot nine times by an attacker. Before becoming a rapper he was a drug dealer.[2] His stage name is a tribute to New York City criminal Kelvin Martin (also known as 50 Cent).

Career[change | change source]

50 Cent first appeared on Onyx's 1998 single "React". In 1999, he recorded the single "How to Rob" for the soundtrack of In Too Deep. Power of the Dollar was supposed to be 50 Cent's first album which included "How to Rob". He 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.[3] 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 Michael Jackson's 2010 single "Monster" from Jackson's album Michael.

Albums[change | change source]

Collaborative albums[change | change source]

Awards[change | change source]

Grammy Awards[change | change source]

50 Cent has been nominated 14 times and won once.[4][5][6]

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]

50 Cent has won six awards.[7][8]

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 Title Role Notes
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' Marcus "Young Caesar" Greer Main role
2006 Home of the Brave Spc. Jamal Aiken
2008 Righteous Kill Marcus "Spider" Smith
2008 Before I Self Destruct Clarence Jenkins Writer/director
2009 Streets of Blood Det. Stan Johnson
2009 Dead Man Running Thigo
2010 Caught in the Crossfire Tino Executive producer
2010 13 Jimmy
2010 Gun Rich Writer
2010 Twelve Lionel
2010 Morning Glory Himself
2011 Blood Out Hardwick Executive producer
2011 Setup Sonny Producer
2011 All Things Fall Apart Deon Barnes Writer
2012 Freelancers Det. Jonas "Malo" Maldonado Producer
2012 Fire with Fire Lamar Producer
2013 Escape Plan Hush
2013 Last Vegas Himself
2013 The Frozen Ground Pimp Clate Johnson Producer
2014 Vengeance Black
2014 The Prince[9] The Pharmacy
2015 Spy Himself
2015 Southpaw Jordan Mains
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Himself
2017 The Pursuit[10] Filming/producer
2018 Den of Thieves Levi Enson Levoux
2018 Escape Plan 2: Hades Hush
2019 Escape Plan: The Extractors Hush

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2003–04 The Howard Stern Show Himself 3 episodes
2003–2014 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself 10 episodes
2005 The Simpsons Himself Episode: "Pranksta Rap"
2005–07 Late Show with David Letterman Himself 2 episodes
2005–08 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself 3 episodes
2005–2010 The View Himself 2 episodes
2006 Flavor of Love Himself Famous Friends and Strangeness
2006 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself 2 episodes
2007 Diary Himself MTVs Diary of 50 Cent
2007 America's Next Top Model Himself Episode: "The Girl Who Gets Thrown in the Pool"
2007–2010 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself 2 episodes
2007–2013 MTV Cribs Himself 2 episodes
2008–09 50 Cent: The Money and the Power Himself Episode: "Choose Your Crew Wisely"
2008–09 The Tyra Banks Show Himself 2 episodes
2009 Entourage Himself Episode: "One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car"
2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Himself Season 1: Episode 105
2009 Party Monsters Cabo Himself Episode 6
2009 The Graham Norton Show Himself Season 6, Episode 10
2009–2010 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Himself 2 episodes
2009–2013 Rachael Ray Himself 3 episodes
2009–2014 Chelsea Lately Himself 2 episodes
2011 George Lopez Himself 1 episode
2011-2016 Conan Himself 2 episodes
2011 The X Factor Himself Live season finale, part 2 of 2
2012 The Finder Big Glade Episode: "Life After Death"
2012 Dream Machines Himself 2 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Gun/Himself Episode: "Eaten by Cats"
2013 Katie Himself Episode 1.79
2014 Dream School Himself Producer
2014–2020 Power[11] Kanan Stark Main role
2014 The Today Show Himself Episode 2.56
2015 Ridiculousness Himself 1 episode
2017 50 Central Himself 2 episodes
2020 For Life Cassius Dawkins Recurring role

Video games[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 50 Cent: Bulletproof Himself Voice and likeness
2009 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Himself Voice and likeness
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Navy SEAL[12][13] Voice only

References[change | change source]

  1. Jason Birchmeier. "50 Cent". AllMusic. Archived from the original on July 1, 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  2. "Get Rich or Die Tryin' Movie Review - ComingSoon.net". comingsoon.net. 9 November 2005. Archived from the original on 3 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  3. Gundersen, Edna (September 3, 2005). 'Massacre' sales top one million. USA Today. Accessed May 22, 2007.
  4. 46th Grammy Awards - 2004. Rock on the Net. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
  5. 48th Grammy Awards - 2006. Rock on the Net. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
  6. 50th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List Archived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine. Grammy.com. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  7. Lews, Earl (October 13, 2003). "50 Cent Snags Five World Music Awards". Archived from the original on 2007-04-06.. AllHipHop. Accessed on June 16, 2007.
  8. Winslow, Mike (November 6, 2007). 50 Cent Named Best Selling Hip-Hop Artist in the World Archived 2007-11-09 at the Wayback Machine. AllHipHop. Accessed on November 12, 2007.
  9. "'The Prince': movie review". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  10. "50 Cent to Headline, Produce Action Thriller 'The Pursuit'". The Hollywood Reporter. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  11. "50 Cent To Executive Produce Starz TV Show "Power"". HipHop DX. Cheri Media Group. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  12. "50 Cent to be appearing in Modern Warfare 2". Destructoid. March 16, 2006. Archived from the original on May 5, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  13. "50 Cent Visits Infinity Ward (Creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)". ThisIs50.com. August 7, 2009. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2010.

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