Better known as 50 Cent, Curtis James Jackson III had a troubled childhood that would inspire his musical career. Following the murder of his mother when he was only 8 years old, young Curtis went into the drug trade. He later survived an attack in which he was shot nine times in 2000. The rapper, born in Queens, New York on July 6, 1975, was discovered in 2002 by Eminem thanks to his compilation “Guess Who’s Back?”. He was soon signed by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, propelling his career to the top.
With the help of the legendary Eminem and Dr .Dre, 50 Cent released his iconic debut album “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’”, which earned him immediate popularity within the industry. The album featured worldwide hits such as In Da Club, P.I.M.P and Wanksta. He then joined the East Coast Rap collective G-Unit, and it was only a year later that Jackson founded G-Unit Records. His second studio album, “Massacre”, was released in 2005 and was a huge success. From this album came undeniable hits such as Candy Shop and Just A Lil Bit. The artist now has nine albums to his credit. His acting career took off with his autobiographical film Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2005) and other films such as Home Of The Brave (2006), Righteous Kill (2008) and Escape Plan (2013).
The mogul then created his own line of G-Unit Clothing in addition to developing his own headphones Street by 50 Cent and his own drink, Street King. 50 Cent, whose stage name refers to the New York criminal Kelvin Martin, is now recognized as an American rapper, producer, actor, composer and businessman. On January 30, 2020, 50 Cent was awarded his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.