This Day In Music - 50 Cent's Birthday
Go, go, go, go go, go, go, shawty
It's your birthday
We gon' party like it's yo birthday!
It's 50 Cent's Birthday!
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, and actor. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) and The Massacre (2005).
50 Cent was born in the South Jamaica neighbourhood of the borough of Queens, New York City. He began drug dealing at the age of twelve. After leaving drug dealing to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine bullets during an incident in 2000.
After releasing his album Guess Who's Back? in 2002, Jackson was discovered by rapper Eminem and signed to Interscope Records. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his first major commercial successes, 50 Cent became one of the world's highest selling rappers.
In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo. He has engaged in feuds with other rappers including Ja Rule, Nas, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Cam'ron, Puff Daddy, Rick Ross, and former G-Unit members The Game and Young Buck.
50 Cent has also pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2005, the Iraq War film Home of the Brave in 2006, and Righteous Kill in 2008. 50 Cent was ranked as the sixth-best artist of the 2000s by Billboard magazine. The magazine also ranked him as the fourth top male artist and as the third top rapper behind Eminem and Nelly. Billboard magazine also ranked him as the sixth best and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000s and as the number one rap artist of the 2000s.
In the business world, Jackson has established himself in a variety of industries. In November 2003, he signed a five-year deal with Reebok to distribute a "G-Unit Sneakers" line as part of his G-Unit Clothing Company.
50 Cent has been charged for allegedly injuring his ex-girlfriend and destroying her property. Read more about it HERE