50 Cent - Biography

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50 Cent (born Curtis James Jackson on July 6, 1975[1] in Queens, New York) is a popular African-American rapper, also known as Fitty or Fifty, who rose to fame following the success of his 2003 debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Biography Once almost unknown outside his hometown of Southside Jamaica, Queens, 50 Cent is currently one of the most well-known and commercially successful rappers of the decade. Because the success of an artist in gangsta rap often depends on street credibility and reputation, Interscope Records has sold 50 Cent as the "real deal". His mother was murdered in a drug deal. He has been shot, stabbed, and he built a large rap empire in New York City before ever signing a major record deal. 50 Cent's continued…show more content…
In 2003, G-Unit Records officially came into being. 50 Cent appointed his manager Sha Money XL as the president. In 2003, the label signed on Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck as the established members of G-Unit. In 2004, The Game, R & B singer Olivia, and DJ Whoo Kid were signed to the label. Recently Spider Loc, Mobb Deep, Mase, and M.O.P. joined G-Unit Records. 50 Cent is also scouting gangsta crooner Kokane, Jayo Felony and Lil' Scrappy to join the label. [edit] Other Endorsements 50 Cent on The SimpsonsAfter the release of Beg For Mercy from his group G-Unit, he teamed up with Reebok to release his own G-Unit Sneakers. He also invested in bottled water and his own clothing line. 50 Cent appeared on an episode of The Simpsons entitled, "Pranksta Rap" in February 2005. A video game starring 50 Cent, called "50 Cent: Bulletproof," will be available on the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox, and there is another version in production for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The game stars 50 Cent as he fights his way through the criminal underworld to hunt down the men who shot him and take his revenge. [edit] Film career 50 Cent stars in the semi-autobiographical 2005 film "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," helmed by " My Left Foot" director Jim Sheridan and co-starring Joy Bryant and Terrence Howard. [edit] Literature 50 Cent has released a memoir (his first) about his life up
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