50 Cent. biography
Born Curtis James Jackson III on July 6, 1975, in Queens, New York, 50 Cent was raised in the impoverished South Jamaica neighbor by his mother Sabrina, a lesbian cocaine dealer. After his mother died from a gas leak in her apartment, 50 Cent moved in with his grandparents and began imitating his late-mother’s occupation as a drug dealer by the age of 11.
After being caught with a gun at school and confessing his drug-dealing ways to his grandparents when he was 16-years-old, 50 Cent was sent to a boot camp for troubled teens. He emerged from the camp under the moniker “50 Cent” and set out to change his life with the help of music.
In 1996, 50 Cent initiated his music career with an appearance in the group Onyx’s single “React” off their album Shut ‘Em Down (1998) and further honed his writing skills, specifically hooks, with the aid of Jam Master Jay. Despite their strong business friendship, 50 Cent left his buddy’s side and in result landed a record deal with Columbia Records.
From there, 50 Cent recorded his unofficial album Power of the Dollar (2000) and caught the undivided attention of the hip-hop world with his underground single “How to Rob,” which broke down the artists he would like to rob. It seemed as if his career was gaining momentum until he was brutally gunned down outside his grandmother’s house on May 24, 2000, in South Jamaica. The incident left 50 Cent with nine bullet wounds throughout his body, including a shot through his cheek that left him with a permanent slur.
50 Cent’s luck turned around when rapper Eminem heard his CD Guess Who’s Back in 2002, which ultimately led to 50 Cent being flown to Los Angeles to meet Dr. Dre and landing a $1 million record deal. The following year, the aspiring rapper’s first album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 872,000 copies in the first four days.
In 2003, 50 Cent began building his empire with the creation of his label G-Units Records, signing Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Lloyd Banks as the main members. He then released his second studio album The Massacre, which sold 1.14 millon copies in the first couple of days and featured the Top 5 singles “How We Do,” “Candy Shop” and “Disco Inferno.”
The rising rapper found additional success with his third album Curtis (2007) and fourth album Before I Self Destruct (2008), but has since been working on his fifth album Street King Immortal. The album was set to release in November 2012, but was later pushed back to sometime in 2013.
Aside from his music career, 50 Cent made his acting debut in his biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005). He went on to star alongside some of Hollywood’s most popular stars, including Samuel L. Jackson in the war drama Home of the Brave (2006), Al Pacino in the crime drama Righteous Kill (2008), Chace Crawford in the thriller Twelve (2010), Mickey Rourke in the drama thriller 13 (2010), Ray Liotta in the sport drama All Things Fall Apart (2011), Bruce Willis in the crime flick Setup (2011), Robert De Niro in the action drama Freelancers (2012), and Josh Duhamel in the action film Fire with Fire (2012).
The rapping genius is also an established author with three published books; From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens (2005), The Ski Mask Way (2007) and The 50th Law (2009).
50 Cent’s most recent on-screen projects include, the thriller The Frozen Ground (2013) with Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens and John Cusack, the action thriller Escape Plan (2013) alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the crime drama Vengeance (2013) with Danny Tejo.
50 Cent Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
1995 – 1999
50 Cent and Shaniqua Tompkins dated for four years during which they welcomed their son Marquise (b. 1997). After the split, she tried to sue 50 Cent, claiming he promised to take care of her. The judge didn’t believe her.
2003 – 2003
50 Cent briefly dated actress Vivica A. Fox and ultimately ended with the two publicly insulting each other. Vivica later sat down with Tyra Banks on her show and expressed her disappointment in 50 Cent’s decision to publicly air his frustrations, which is strange seeing that she was doing the same thing.
July 2007 – July 2007
After a publication began spreading the rumor that Danielle Lloyd fooled around with 50 Cent while in a relationship with Marcus Bent, Danielle let her lays out to play. She later sued the tabloid and was awarded significant damages in part of the defamation. She went on to say, "I was devastated by the disgusting lies about my private life which The Daily Mirror published without a shred of evidence to back them up and despite being told the truth in advance... the allegations could not have been more hurtful and the story in which they appeared was unbelievably spiteful and malicious."
October 2010 – 2011
Dating rumors surrounding 50 Cent and Chelsea Handler began circulating around town after the two were seen getting touchy-feely at a New Orleans bar.
Chelsea later opened up about the romance in May 2011, telling Piers Morgan, "We dated, very casually. He's a very sweet, nice guy... I was sampling, kind of, the atmosphere, seeing what was out there, and I was satiated. He's a great guy... he's the complete antithesis of what you'd imagine. He's a sweetheart, he's great, he's funny, he has a great sense of humor."
The two kept their relationship on the down low until 50 Cent revealed to Chelsea that he was still talking to his ex-girlfriend, singer Ciara. He confessed right before Ciara went on Chelsea’s show in hopes of preventing an awkward situation, but the couple parted ways in result.