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50 Cent Biography

Birth Name:
Curtis James Jackson III
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
Rap artist, actor

Fast Facts

  • Mentored by Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, who shepherded him to a recording contract with Columbia Records after hearing one of his raps on an underground mix tape
  • Was shot nine times in 2000 while sitting in his car in front of his grandmother's house—and drove himself to the hospital
  • Debut album Get Rich or Die Trying sold six million copies and set a record as the top-selling debut of all time
  • Cofounded the G-Unit Clothing Company with Marc Ecko in 2003; continued the line on his own after the partnership dissolved in 2008
  • Broke into the movie business in 2005 by starring in the semiautobiographical film Get Rich or Die Trying
  • Was recognized as a top rap artist of the 2000-09 decade by Billboard magazine


  • Sire Jackson -- Daughter
  • Daphne Joy -- Ex-significant Other
  • Shaniqua Tompkins -- Ex-significant Other
  • Beulah Jackson -- Grandmother
  • Sabrina Jackson -- Mother
  • Davian -- Son
  • Marquise Jackson -- Son