50 Cent
Rapper, entrepreneur, investor, and actor
50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, record producer, and actor. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) and The Massacre (2005). His album Get Rich or Die Tryin' has been certified six times platinum by the RIAA. Born in South Jamaica, Queens, Jackson began drug dealing at the age of twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic.
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Vivica A. Fox Angers Fans By Claiming Her Strip Show Isn't For Gays
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Just two days after the premiere of her new reality series, Vivica A. Fox is courting controversy.  Last year, the 52-year-old actress launched an all-male, all-black “Magic Mike”-style exotic dance revue called “Black Magic” in Las Vegas. She’s documented the whole thing for a new Lifetime reality series, “Vivica’s Black Magic,” which debuted Wednesday.  From the sounds of it, however, she might want to reconsider her approach to her new business. In a Friday interview with New York radio station Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club” morning show, Fox said she has no interest in having her strippers dance for anybody but women ― and that means no gay men, too.   “There’s no need to. They dance for women,” she told “The Breakfast Club” co-hosts Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy, as seen in the TMZ video above. “It’s called ‘the ultimate girls’ night out’ for a reason.” Fox’s comments instantly sparked debate on social media and among a number of LGBTQ-inclusive ...
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Soulja Boy Issues Apology and Wants to Make Music With Chris Brown After Feud - E! Online
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E! Online Soulja Boy Issues Apology and Wants to Make Music With Chris Brown After Feud E! Online Are Soulja Boy and Chris Brown headed to the boxing ring? Because Soulja Boy appears to be feeling some remorse over their new feud. The R&B singer and rapper exchanged a war of words on social media Monday. Soulja Boy claimed Brown called him ... And Now a Soulja Boy Joke From 50 CentBET Soulja Boy Apologizes for Chris Brown Feud in New Twitter Video: 'I've Been Acting Out'Billboard 50 Cent Says Mayweather Promotions Will Endorse Soulja Boy and Chris Brown's FightXXLMAG.COM The Hollywood Gossip -Singersroom News -BallerStatus.com -The Inquisitr all 101 news articles »
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Why no other shot gives us what Wheatgrass does - 11 interesting facts we never knew!
Huffington Post - about 2 months
It's the only thing like it on Earth, that we can drink one shot glass of one ounce liquid and get over 100 minerals, plus 2.5 pounds of green vegetables. For such a high dose of nutrition so quickly and fresh, it's surprising that not more people are drinking wheatgrass. Here are some benefits that will you get you ready to drink wheatgrass every day this week for New York City Wheatgrass Week January 2nd-6th. 11 Benefits of Wheatgrass Wheatgrass is like a natural energy drink that is fresh, raw, and organic. It is full of vitamins and nutrients that provide your body with what it needs to be completely healthy and heal itself. 1) Extremely high in chlorophyll which a lot of us already knew, but what I found was particularly interesting is that chlorophyll has a similar chemical composition as hemoglobin; a red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood of vertebrates, the backbone or spine. This is why so many cancer patients start drinking wheatgrass. ...
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Everybody Lies on Social Media---Just Ask Bankruptcy Asset Hunters
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Debtors pose on boats that don’t belong to them and in flashy jewelry that isn’t valuable; 50 Cent and his stacks of fake cash.
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17 Albums Turning 10 In 2017
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Ah, 2017. Another rotation around the sun, another year where we can marvel at just how far off the mid-aughts feel. The era where we donned low-waisted jeans, ironic graphic tees and Livestrong bracelets seems to be more and more of a distant memory. As all living creatures age, so does the music we listened to. Here are 17 hit albums turning a decade old in the coming year.   Rihanna, “Good Girl Gone Bad” She kindly requests that you shut up and drive. LCD Soundsystem, “Sound of Silver” How we all learned to say, “New York, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.”  Radiohead, “In Rainbows” One of the first albums to be digitally released for free (or, rather, “pay what you wish”). Kanye West, “Graduation” That’s how long he’s been on ya. Fall Out Boy, “Infinity on High” All we can say is thnks fr th mmrs, Fall Out Boy. Avril Lavigne, “The Best Damn Thing” Hey, hey! You, you! She don’t like your girlfriend! T-Pain, “Epiphany” ...
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J. Cole Calls Out Kanye West & Probably Drake & Maybe Wale On New Song False Prophets! - PerezHilton.com
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PerezHilton.com J. Cole Calls Out Kanye West & Probably Drake & Maybe Wale On New Song False Prophets! PerezHilton.com J. Cole has had it with the music industry's false prophets! On Thursday, the songsmith dropped a new song and visual off his upcoming album 4 Your Eyez Only, and he really called out some of his fellow rappers. Video: 50 Cent Defends Kanye's ... J. Cole Comes for Kanye West: Is the Hip-Hop World Turning on Pro-Trump Yeezy?Daily Beast We Talked to the Director of J Cole's 'Eyez' Doc About How the Film Came TogetherComplex Shots Fired, But at Who? J. Cole's 'False Prophets' Has People GuessingBillboard Music Times -Vibe -XXLMAG.COM -HipHopDX all 180 news articles »
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Artist Interview: Erick Morillo
Huffington Post - 5 months
Erick Morillo speaks with the kind of energy and passion that immediately gets other people excited. This has no doubt served him very well over his lengthy international career, from his beginnings producing and playing in New York and New Jersey, to the commercial success of "I Like to Move It," to the recent revival of his Subliminal Records imprint (you can get a full career update here). Following a break from music and a move to Los Angeles, Erick is back in the studio working on tracks to sex up the dance floor, most recently collaborating with Eddie Thoneick and Angel Taylor on the underground meets mainstream "Lost in You." Is there anything you want to say? I'm really excited about how things are going, and this relaunch of Subliminal Records. I feel like I've been humbled in life, and now I see things in a different way. Why did you revive the Subliminal Records label? And what is the signature style you are trying to bring with this? I went through some personal ...
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<i>Power</i> Stars Talk About the Season Finale, While They're Still Alive To Do It
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Starz's intense drama Power wraps up its third season Sunday (9 p.m. ET) in its favorite situation, with a neon target blinking on pretty much everyone's back. That especially includes James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), better known as Ghost, who has fallen squarely into the crosshairs of his former partner and long-time friend Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) (above left). "The characters here all have the same upbringing," says Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson, who produces the show and also plays Ghost's mentor Kanan. "They'll keep going until they kill each other or law enforcement kills them." Ghost has spent this season trying to extricate himself from that world. The trouble is, his New York nightclub was financed by his profits from a drug ring, and that isn't a circle from which you retire with a gold watch. Also, creator/writer Courtney Kemp notes, Ghost wasn't exactly a Boy Scout in the first place. "In the scene where we met Ghost," notes Kemp, "he gets dressed, ...
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Go ahead, curse in front of your kids
LATimes - 5 months
I always seasoned my vocabulary with as many four-letter words as 50-cent ones, at least until my first child was born two years ago. That’s when I found myself — and I’m almost embarrassed to admit it — watching my language. Something deep in my subconscious told me that profanity might harm him...
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Taraji P. Henson Claps Back At 50 Cent For Making Fun Of Vivica A. Fox - Huffington Post
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Huffington Post Taraji P. Henson Claps Back At 50 Cent For Making Fun Of Vivica A. Fox Huffington Post Taraji P. Henson isn't here for 50 Cent's latest online jab at his ex, Vivica A. Fox. On Wednesday, 50 Cent posted a photo on Instagram of Fox beside a mugshot of “Botched” patient Rajee Narinesingh, whose face was disfigured by bad plastic surgery. Emmys Spotlight: Taraji P. Henson adorably recounts her nomination surpriseEntertainment Weekly Taraji P. Henson's MAC makeup sold out before her mom could buy itUSA TODAY Taraji P. Henson will only marry for lovePage Six TIME -Just Jared -Music Times -Redbookmag.com (blog) all 52 news articles »
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Starz developing superhero-themed drama with 50 Cent
CNN - 7 months
Starz and 50 Cent are staying in business together and their next project promises to be super.
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Bet you haven't seen these Han Solo audition tapes
CNN - 7 months
Bill Hader, Melissa McCarthy and even rapper 50 Cent mock an audition as a young Han Solo for the movie "Star Wars." Watch more Conan here.
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Watch: 50 Cent Detained on Indecent Language Charges
ABC News - 8 months
The rapper and a member of his entourage were arrested after a performance in St. Kitts and Nevis.
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50 Cent and entourage member arrested in St. Kitts and Nevis
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of 50 Cent
  • 2016
    Age 40
    On August 1, 2016, 50 Cent ended his twelve-year feud with The Game when the two were in the Ace of Diamonds Strip Club and the Game said "What happened, that shit was 12 years ago."
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    On May 4, 2016, after making fun of a teenager who, unbeknownst to 50, had a disability, he donated $100.000 to Autism Speaks.
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    In 2016, regarding his beef with Meek Mill, he commented “You know, he’s really not that bright.
    More Details Hide Details That kid is not that bright" he said. "The easiest thing you can do is bring other people into the statements you’re saying, right, while you’re writing music.
    In March 2016, Jackson claimed that he would no longer use Instagram, electing instead to have his profile page operated by someone else.
    More Details Hide Details Before he signed with Interscope Records Jackson engaged in a public dispute with rapper Ja Rule and his label, Murder Inc Records, saying that a friend robbed jewelry from Ja Rule and the latter accused him of orchestrating the robbery. Ja Rule said that the conflict stemmed from a Queens video shoot, when Jackson did not like seeing him "getting so much love" from the neighborhood. At The Hit Factory in New York in March 2000, Jackson had an altercation with Murder Inc. associates and received three stitches for a stab wound. Rapper Black Child claimed responsibility for the stabbing, saying that he acted in self-defense when he thought someone reached for a gun. An affidavit by an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent suggested ties between Murder Inc. and Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, a New York drug lord suspected of involvement in the murder of Jam Master Jay and Jackson's shooting. An excerpt read:
  • 2015
    Age 39
    On July 17, 2015, the Court issued an order allowing a creditor to proceed with the punitive damages phase of a trial against Jackson in a New York state court, in connection with the alleged release of a private video.
    More Details Hide Details His assets were listed as between $10 million and $50 million in his bankruptcy petition, though he testified under oath that he is worth $4.4 million. Citing between $10 million and $50 million in debt, and the same amount in assets. Later in the week, Jackson's bankruptcy lawyers elucidated the court documents that legal fees and judgments exceeding $20 million over the past year were the primary cause of the filing. His filings listed 32 entities that he has a stake in. The bankruptcy came days after a jury ordered him to pay $5 million to rapper Rick Ross’s ex-girlfriend Lastonia Leviston for invading her privacy by posting online a sex tape of her and another man. In addition, Jackson lost a dispute over a failed business deal to come to fruition to his Sleek headphones, where Jackson invested more than $2 million. An ex-partner accused Jackson of later stealing the design of the "Sleek by 50" headphones, prompting a judge to award the partner more than $17.2 million. His Connecticut bankruptcy filing states that he owns seven cars valued at more than $500,000, including a 2010 Rolls Royce and a 1966 Chevrolet Coupe. His expenses of $108,000 a month include $5,000 for gardening along with a monthly income of $185,000, mainly from royalties and income from his external businesses and investments. The court filing says he also owes money to his stylist, his barber and his fitness coach.
    On July 13, 2015, Jackson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut with a debt of $32,509,549.91.
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    He was the fifth-richest figure in American hip hop in 2015, with an estimated net worth of $155 million.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson received $100,000 for his work in the movie Southpaw and $50,000 for acting in Spy. He also appears on the Starz television show Power where receives $20,000 per episode for his appearance and $15,000 bonus for serving as the shows executive producer.
    He announced bankruptcy on July 13, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson cites Boogie Down Productions, Big Daddy Kane, The Juice Crew, EPMD and KRS-One as his rapping influences, while citing LL Cool J as an inspiration behind his writing of “21 Questions”. Jackson also states that he drew influences from Nas, Rakim and The Notorious B.I.G. while working on Animal Ambition. Jackson has had a highly successful business career. He presides a massive financial empire spanning a wide variety of industries. Jackson has since grown his business with extensions into artist and talent management, record, television, and film production, footwear, apparel, fragrances, liquor, video games, mobile apps, book publishing, headphones and health drinks and dietary supplements. His broad business and investment portfolio contains investments in a variety of sectors including real estate, financial market investments, mining, boxing promotion, vodka, fragrances, consumer electronics and fashion. He established his own record label G-Unit Records in 2003 following his mainstream success. In November 2003, he signed a five-year deal with Reebok to distribute a G-Unit Sneakers line for his G-Unit Clothing Company. Stating in an interview regarding his vast business empire, Jackson says his businesses have a habit of doing well as he sees all of his ventures both past and present as revolving around his alter ego. Jackson has also started a book publishing imprint, G-Unit Books on January 4, 2007 at the Time Warner Building in New York.
    Jackson released "Get Low" on May 20, 2015, as the intended first single from his sixth studio album, Street King Immortal (2015).
    More Details Hide Details The song, produced by Remo the Hitmaker, features vocals from fellow American rappers 2 Chainz and T.I., as well as American singer Jeremih.
    On May 14, 2015, Jackson revealed in an interview that the first single from Street King Immortal, would be previewed Memorial Day weekend and would likely be released in June.
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    His Farmington mansion located on 50 Poplar Hill Drive that he tried to sell for years filed for bankruptcy in Connecticut in 2015 listed an asking price for that property in 2012 at $10 million but was valued at $8.3 million in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He first tried to sell the house in 2007 for $18.5 million, and dropped the price several times in the next five years, when it was on and off the market. In January 2011, Jackson reportedly made $10 million after using Twitter to promote a marketing company which he was part shareholder of. His endorsements company G Unit Brands Inc. revealed through a public SEC filing controls 12.9 per cent of H&H Imports, which is a parent company of TV Goods – the firm responsible for marketing his range of headphones, Sleek by 50 Cent. Jackson bought the stock in the company on November 30, 2010, a week after it offered buyers 180 million shares at 17 cents each.
    In April 2015, Jackson mulled investing in Jamaica, exploring foreign investment opportunities on the island when he met with some local officials and had ongoing discussions on investment opportunities in the Montego Bay resort area.
    More Details Hide Details Over the years, Jackson invested the millions of dollars in earnings he made from music and celebrity endorsements in an array of privately controlled companies, real estate, and stocks and bonds. A portion of his investments lost value during the 2008 recession. In December 2008 he told the Canadian press that he had been affected by the recession, losing several million dollars in the stock market. Unable to sell his Connecticut mansion, Jackson postponed Before I Self-Destruct due to the severity of the economic downturn.
    Jackson made an appearance at Liquor Warehouse in Syracuse, New York on April 25, 2015 where he reportedly sold 1,400 bottles (277 gallons) of Jackson’s signature liquor brand.
    More Details Hide Details Liquor Warehouse’s owner George Angeloro reportedly stocked 300 cases (1,800 bottles or 357 gallons) of Effen Vodka, which sells for $30 a bottle, prior to the event. In December 2014, Jackson signed a $78 million deal with FRIGO Revolution Wear, a luxury underwear brand. The joint venture is partnered between Jackson, basketball player Carmelo Anthony, baseball legend Derek Jeter and Mathias Ingvarsson, the former president of mattress powerhouse Tempur-Pedic. Jackson became the chief fashion designer for the brands single pair of Frigo boxers.
  • 2014
    Age 38
    Among them was Power, a STARZ drama in which he not only co-stars but also serves as co-creator and executive producer. “Power” debuted in June 2014 and was renewed for a second season after one episode. “Power’s” August 2 season finale garnered the high ratings through the season, more than doubling the premiere and it generated 71% of the African-American viewership of any scripted premium series since 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson serves as a co‐star, co-creator and executive television producer of the STARZ network drama where he signed a 2-year contract with representation coming from the Agency for the Performing Arts. Ratings have been a success for Starz. with the second season premiere being the highest-ever season with 1.43 million people tuning in live. Jackson also serves as an executive television producer for Dream School for SundanceTV, a series that follows fifteen high school dropouts as they are taught by a series of celebrity "teachers". In July 2011, Jackson launched a philanthropic initiative to provide food for one billion starving people in Africa by 2016, joining Pure Growth Partners to introduce Street King. A portion of the proceeds from each Street King purchase would be used to provide a daily meal to an underprivileged child. The partnership coincides with Jackson's goal to feed a billion people in Africa during the next five years. "50 Cent and I share a common vision: to address the world's problems through smart and sustainable business models," said Chris Clarke, founder and CEO of Pure Growth Partners. "With the rampant starvation in Africa and hunger afflicting children worldwide, we need socially responsible businesses that affect real change now more than ever." Jackson said, "I'm inspired by Clarke's vision and innovative approaches to tackling serious issues. It's our mission with Street King to really change children's lives around the world." In 2011 he founded SMS Audio, a consumer-electronics company selling Street by 50 headphones, pledging to donate a portion of their sales to charity.
    In January 2014 Jackson said he planned to release Animal Ambition in the first quarter of the year, followed by Street King Immortal.
    More Details Hide Details On February 20 he left Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope, signing with Caroline Records and Capitol Records. According to Jackson, although he owed Interscope another album he was released from his contract because of his friendship with Eminem and Dr. Dre: "I'm a special case and situation. It's also because of the leverage of having the strong relationships with Eminem and Dr. Dre. They don't want me to be uncomfortable. They value our friendship to the point that they would never want jeopardize it over that little bit of money." That day, he announced that Animal Ambition would be released on June 3 and released its first track. The song, "Funeral", was released with a video on Forbes.com. Produced by Jake One, it is a continuation of "50 Bars" from a previous album; two more tracks were scheduled for release on March 18. At South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Jackson performed "Hold On" from the new album. That song and "Don't Worry 'Bout It" were released with accompanying videos on March 18. According to Jackson, prosperity would be a theme of the album: "This project, I had to search for a concept, a really good concept, in my perspective, and that was prosperity. I outlined all the things that would be a part of prosperity, positive and negative Animal Ambition."
  • 2013
    Age 37
    On January 30, 2013, Jackson tweeted that Ross' attempted drive-by shooting on his birthday three days earlier was "staged".
    More Details Hide Details Recently his feud with Rick Ross has been resurfacing. Series Appearances
  • 2012
    Age 36
    Their feud rekindled at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, where Jackson and G-Unit members Kidd Kidd, Mike Knox, Tony Yayo were seen on video attacking Gunplay (a member of Ross' Maybach Music Group).
    More Details Hide Details Gunplay's Maybach Music diamond necklace was stolen during the brawl, and several days later Jackson appeared at a Washington, D.C. bowling alley wearing Gunplay's chain.
    Jackson's fifth album, Street King Immortal, was initially scheduled for a summer 2012 release and postponed until November 13.
    More Details Hide Details Disagreements with Interscope Records about its release and promotion led to its temporary cancellation. Its first promo single, "New Day" with Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys, was released on July 27. The song was produced by Dr. Dre, mixed by Eminem and written by 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Royce da 5'9" and Dr. Dre. A solo version by Keys was leaked by her husband, Swizz Beatz. "My Life", the album's second promo single (with Eminem and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine), was released on November 26, 2012.
    Jackson dated model Daphne Joy and had his second son, Sire Jackson, with her, on September 1, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of two years, Sire modeled for Kidz Safe, a headphone brand for kids, earning $700,000 through his contract.
    On July 29, 2012 he and the famed boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., signed IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib.
    More Details Hide Details They unveiled plans to challenge the box-office dominance of mixed martial arts and change the landscape of boxing with TMT Promotions. Boxer Zab Judah also expressed interest in making a deal with Jackson. In December 2012 Mayweather and Jackson parted company, with Jackson taking over the promotion company and founding SMS Promotions with Gamboa, Dirrell, Dib, James Kirkland, Luis Olivares and Donte Strayhorn in his stable. Jackson was the second wealthiest rapper in the hip hop industry, behind Jay-Z in 2007. Jackson, who lives in a Farmington, Connecticut mansion formerly owned by ex-boxer Mike Tyson, has been consistently ranked highly among the wealthiest figures of the American hip hop scene.
    Asked his opinion of President Obama's May 9, 2012 endorsement of gay marriage, Jackson said, "I'm for it...
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  • 2011
    Age 35
    It was ultimately delayed a year due to disagreements with Interscope Records, with Jackson saying that he would release it in November 2011 with a different title than Black Magic.
    More Details Hide Details Eminem would appear on the album, and Jackson said he was working with new producers such as Boi-1da and Alex da Kid. Cardiak, who produced Lloyd Banks' "Start It Up", confirmed that he produced a song for the upcoming album.
    Jackson tweeted that the album was "80 percent done" and fans could expect it in the summer of 2011.
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    An announcement that Jackson was shooting a music video for "Girls Go Wild", the fifth-album lead single featuring Jeremih, was made on September 28, 2011.
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    He released "Street King Energy Track #7" in September 2011 to promote Street King, his charity-based energy drink.
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    On June 20, 2011, Jackson announced the release of Before I Self Destruct II after his fifth album.
    More Details Hide Details Although he planned to shoot a music video for the fifth album's lead single, "I'm On It", on June 26 the video was never filmed. Jackson told Shade45, "I did four songs in Detroit with Eminem. I did two with Just Blaze, a Boi-1da joint, and I did something with Alex da Kid. We made two that are definite singles and the other two are the kinds of records that we been making, more aimed at my core audience, more aggressive, more of a different kind of energy to it."
    In a series of tweets Jackson explained that the delay of his fifth album was due to disagreements with Interscope Records, later suggesting that it would be released in November 2011 with his headphone line (SMS by 50).
    More Details Hide Details He speculated to MTV News about not renewing his five-album contract with Interscope: "I don't know... It will all be clear in the negotiations following me turning this actual album in. And, of course, the performance and how they actually treat the work will determine whether you still want to stay in that position or not."
    Jackson released a song, "Outlaw", from his fifth album on the Internet on June 16, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The single, produced by Cardiak, was released on iTunes on July 19 (although Jackson tweeted that it was not the album's first single). The rapper planned to write a semi-autobiographical young-adult novel about bullying, different from his previous books which focused on his life and the rules of power. According to the book's publisher, the first-person novel (about a 13-year-old schoolyard bully "who finds redemption as he faces what he's done") was scheduled for publication in January 2012.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    He later said he had changed his next album to The Return of the Heartless Monster after writing different material when he returned home from the Invitation Tour in 2010, shelving Black Magic.
    More Details Hide Details On September 3 Jackson supported Eminem on his and Jay-Z's The Home & Home Tour, performing "Crack A Bottle" with Eminem and Dr. Dre amid rumors of tension between Jackson and Dre. He "recorded 20 songs to a whole different album concept" before putting them aside, wanting his new album to have the "aggression" of Get Rich or Die Tryin.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    He said in July 2009 that the feud had ended with help from Michael Jackson and Diddy, and apologized for his actions.
    More Details Hide Details According to Tony Yayo, neither Jackson nor G-Unit accepted his apology and The Game has resumed his calls for a "G-Unot" boycott at concerts. Jackson released "So Disrespectful" on Before I Self Destruct, targeting Jay-Z, The Game and Young Buck. The Game responded with "Shake", poking fun at the music video for Jackson's "Candy Shop".
    On September 3, 2009 Jackson posted a video for the Soundkillers' Phoenix- produced track, "Flight 187", introducing his mixtape and book (The 50th Law).
    More Details Hide Details The song, with lyrics inspiring speculation about tension between Jackson and Jay Z, was a bonus track on the iTunes version of Before I Self Destruct. In a Contactmusic.com interview Jackson said he was working on a Eurodance album, Black Magic, inspired by European nightclubs: "First they played hip-hop which suddenly changed to uptempo songs, known as Eurodance".
    He released "Ok, You're Right", produced by Dr. Dre for Before I Self Destruct, on May 18, 2009 and was scheduled to appear in a fall 2009 episode of VH1's Behind the Music.
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    Although Rick Ross began a feud with Jackson over an alleged incident at the January 2009 BET Awards, Jackson told news sources he did not remember seeing Ross there.
    More Details Hide Details Late that month Ross' "Mafia Music" was leaked on the Internet, with lyrics apparently disparaging Jackson. Several days later, Jackson released "Officer Ricky (Go Head, Try Me)" in response to "Mafia Music". The following day, Ross appeared on Shade 45 (Eminem's Sirius channel) and told Jackson to come up with something better in 24 hours. Before leaving for Venezuela, Jackson uploaded a video ("Warning Shot", telling Ross "I'ma fuck your life up for fun") and the first of a series of "Officer Ricky" cartoons. In early February he uploaded a YouTube video in which he interviewed "Tia", the mother of one of Ross' children; according to her, Ross is in reality a correctional officer. On February 5, 2009, The Game phoned Seattle radio station KUBE. Asked about the dispute between Jackson and Ross, he sided with Jackson and offered to mediate: "Rick Ross, holla at your boy, man" and "50 eating you, boy."
  • 2008
    Age 32
    On the September 10, 2008 episode of Total Request Live Jackson said his fourth studio album, Before I Self Destruct, would be "done and released in November".
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  • 2007
    Age 31
    The mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut declared October 12, 2007 "50 Cent Curtis Jackson Day", honoring the rapper with a proclamation and a key to the city.
    More Details Hide Details One of Jackson's New York homes, purchased in January 2007 for $2.4 million and the center of a lawsuit between Jackson and Shaniqua Tompkins, caught fire on May 31, 2008 while he was filming in Louisiana. In December 2008 he told the Canadian press that he had lost several million dollars in the stock market and, unable to sell his Connecticut mansion, had postponed Before I Self-Destruct because of the economic downturn. Jackson won a lawsuit in November 2009 against Taco Bell over the fast-food chain's use of his name without permission.
    In September 2007 Jackson released his third album, Curtis, which was inspired by his life before Get Rich or Die Tryin.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 691,000 copies during its first week (behind Kanye West's Graduation, released the same day).
  • 2005
    Age 29
    In 2005, Jackson supported President George W. Bush after rapper Kanye West criticized Bush for a slow response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
    More Details Hide Details If his felony convictions did not prevent him from voting, he said, he would have voted for the president. Jackson later said that Bush "has less compassion than the average human. By all means, I don't aspire to be like George Bush." Six months later the rapper told MTV News that he had switched his support to Barack Obama after hearing him speak, but had lost interest in politics.
    In March 2005 Jackson's second commercial album, The Massacre, sold 1.14 million copies in its first four days (the highest in an abbreviated sales cycle) and was number one on the Billboard 200 for six weeks.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first solo artist with three singles in the Billboard top five in the same week with "Candy Shop", "Disco Inferno" and "How We Do". According to Rolling Stone, "50's secret weapon is his singing voice - the deceptively amateur-sounding tenor croon that he deploys on almost every chorus". After The Game's departure Jackson signed Olivia and rap veterans Mobb Deep to G-Unit Records, with Spider Loc, M.O.P., 40 Glocc and Young Hot Rod later joining the label. Jackson expressed an interest in working with rappers other than G-Unit, such as Lil' Scrappy of BME, LL Cool J of Def Jam, Mase of Bad Boy and Freeway of Roc-A-Fella, and recorded with several.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    He dated actress Vivica A. Fox for several months in 2003, announcing their breakup on The Howard Stern Show when their photos appeared on the cover of the magazine Today's Black Woman without his knowledge.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson also dated comedian Chelsea Handler and singer Ciara.
    Interscope gave Jackson his own label, G-Unit Records, in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He signed Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck as members of G-Unit, and The Game was later signed in a joint venture with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.
    Jackson released his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (described by AllMusic as "probably the most hyped debut album by a rap artist in about a decade"), in February 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Rolling Stone noted its "dark synth grooves, buzzy keyboards and a persistently funky bounce", with Jackson complementing the production in "an unflappable, laid-back flow". It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 872,000 copies in its first four days. The lead single, "In da Club" (noted by The Source for its "blaring horns, funky organs, guitar riffs and sparse hand claps"), set a Billboard record as the most listened-to song in radio history within a week.
  • 2002
    Age 26
    In 2002 Eminem heard Jackson's Guess Who's Back?
    More Details Hide Details CD, received from Jackson's attorney (who was working with Eminem's manager, Paul Rosenberg). Impressed, Eminem invited Jackson to fly to Los Angeles and introduced him to Dr. Dre. After signing a $1 million record deal, Jackson released No Mercy, No Fear. The mixtape featured one new track, "Wanksta", which appeared on Eminem's 8 Mile soundtrack. Jackson was also signed by Chris Lighty's Violator Management and Sha Money XL's Money Management Group.
    Jackson's popularity increased, and in 2002 he released the mixtape Guess Who's Back?
    More Details Hide Details He then released 50 Cent Is the Future backed by G-Unit, a mixtape revisiting material by Jay-Z and Raphael Saadiq.
  • 2000
    Age 24
    On April 24, 2000, Jackson was attacked by a gunman outside his grandmother's former home in South Jamaica.
    More Details Hide Details After getting into a friend's car, he was asked to return to the house to get some jewelry; his son was in the house, and his grandmother was in the front yard. After Jackson returned to the back seat of the car, another car pulled up nearby; an assailant walked up and fired nine shots at close range with a 9mm handgun. Jackson was shot in the hand, arm, hip, both legs, chest and left cheek. His facial wound resulted in a swollen tongue, the loss of a wisdom tooth and a slightly slurred voice; his friend was wounded in the hand. They were driven to a hospital, where Jackson spent thirteen days. Baum, Mike Tyson's close friend and bodyguard, was killed three weeks later. Jackson recalled the shooting: "It happens so fast that you don't even get a chance to shoot back. I was scared the whole time... I was looking in the rear-view mirror like, 'Oh shit, somebody shot me in the face! It burns, burns, burns. In his autobiography, From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens, he wrote: "After I got shot nine times at close range and didn't die, I started to think that I must have a purpose in life... How much more damage could that shell have done? Give me an inch in this direction or that one, and I'm gone".
    They sent him to an upstate New York studio, where he produced thirty-six songs in two weeks; eighteen were included on his 2000 album, Power of the Dollar.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson founded Hollow Point Entertainment with former G-Unit member Bang 'Em Smurf. Jackson's popularity began to grow after the successful, controversial underground single "How to Rob", which he wrote in a half-hour car ride to a studio. The track comically describes how he would rob famous artists. Jackson explained the song's rationale: "There's a hundred artists on that label, you gotta separate yourself from that group and make yourself relevant". Rappers Jay-Z, Kurupt, Sticky Fingaz, Big Pun, DMX, Wyclef Jean and the Wu-Tang Clan responded to the track, and Nas invited Jackson to join him on his Nastradamus tour. Although "How to Rob" was intended to be released with "Thug Love" (with Destiny's Child), two days before he was scheduled to film the "Thug Love" music video Jackson was shot and hospitalized.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    In 1999, after Jackson left Jam Master Jay, the platinum-selling producers Trackmasters signed him to Columbia Records.
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  • 1998
    Age 22
    Jackson's first appearance was on "React" with Onyx, for their 1998 album Shut 'Em Down.
    More Details Hide Details He credited Jam Master Jay for improving his ability to write hooks, and Jay produced Jackson's first (unreleased) album.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    On October 13, 1996 Jackson's girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, gave birth to son Marquise Jackson Tompkins later sued him for $50 million, saying that he said that he would take care of her for life.
    More Details Hide Details The suit, with 15 causes of action, was dismissed by a judge who called it "an unfortunate tale of a love relationship gone sour." As of February 2009, Tompkins and her lawyer were considering an appeal. Marquise's birth changed Jackson's outlook on life: "When my son came into my life, my priorities changed, because I wanted to have the relationship with him that I didn't have with my father". He credited his son for inspiring his career and being the "motivation to go in a different direction". Jackson has a tattooed "Marquise" with an axe on his right bicep ("The axe is 'cause I'm a warrior. I don't want him to be one, though"), and has "50", "Southside" and "Cold World" on his back: "I'm a product of that environment. It's on my back, though, so it's all behind me".
  • 1994
    Age 18
    On June 29, 1994, Jackson was arrested for selling four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer.
    More Details Hide Details He was arrested again three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine and a starter's pistol. Although Jackson was sentenced to three to nine years in prison, he served six months in a boot camp (where he earned his high-school equivalency diploma). According to him, he did not use cocaine. Jackson and four members of his entourage were arrested shortly before 2 a.m. on January 1, 2003, when police found a .25-caliber handgun and a .45-caliber pistol in a parked car (which they searched due to its tinted windows) outside a Manhattan nightclub. The rapper was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Jackson was sentenced to two years' probation on July 22, 2005 for a May 2004 incident, when he was charged with three counts of assault and battery after jumping into an audience when he was hit by a water bottle.
    On June 29, 1994, Jackson was arrested for selling four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer.
    More Details Hide Details He was arrested again three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine and a starting pistol. Although Jackson was sentenced to three to nine years in prison, he served six months in a boot camp and earned his GED. He has said that he did not use cocaine himself. Jackson adopted the nickname "50 Cent" as a metaphor for change. The name was inspired by Kelvin Martin, a 1980s Brooklyn robber known as "50 Cent"; Jackson chose it "because it says everything I want it to say. I'm the same kind of person 50 Cent was. I provide for myself by any means." Jackson began rapping in a friend's basement, where he used turntables to record over instrumentals. In 1996 a friend introduced him to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, who was establishing Jam Master Jay Records. Jay taught him how to count bars, write choruses, structure songs and make records.
  • 1975
    Born on July 6, 1975.
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