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50 Cent

50 CentAKA Curtis Jackson

Born: 6-Jul-1975
Birthplace: Queens, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Rapper
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Wanksta, P.I.M.P.

50 Cent is tough indeed, even if (as some say) his tough publicity is somewhat exaggerated. His early years were in a rough neighborhood, he never knew his father, and his mother -- purportedly a hooker, drug addict, or both -- died when he was 8. After that, young Curtis was raised by his grandparents in a more middle-class neighborhood. Convicted of dealing crack, he did time in a "boot camp" prison, and upon exiting renamed himself 50 Cent -- "a metaphor for change". He was signed by Columbia Records in 1999, and recorded an album, Power of a Dollar. In 2000 he was famously shot nine times in front of his grandmother's house, and Columbia quietly canceled his contract while he was recovering. Bootlegs are available, but the album was never released.

After that, 50 Cent decided to market his own music, and his independent CD Guess Who's Back? was a quick underground success. Eminem heard it and pronounced 50 Cent his new favorite rapper. He was quickly signed to a million-dollar-plus joint deal with two labels, Shady Records and Aftermath, and Get Rich or Die Tryin, his big-time debut, was 2003's best-selling album. Someone tried to shoot 50 Cent in September 2003, but missed.

In 2009, provided on-camera narration for a sex tape as "Pimpin' Curly". The woman appearing in the sex tape sued, and in 2015 a jury ordered Jackson to pay $5M restitution. He filed for bankruptcy shortly after.

Father: (unknown)
Mother: Sabrina Jackson
Girlfriend: Shaniqua Tompkins (one son, separated)
Son: Marquise Jackson (b. 1997)

    High School: Andrew Jackson High School (dropped out; GED)

    50 Cent
    Endorsement of Coca-Cola Vitamin Water ("Formula 50")
    Endorsement of Reebok
    Bankruptcy 2015
    Drug Possession: Cocaine c. 1991
    Drug Dealing Queens, NY (29-Jun-1994)
    Drug Possession: Cocaine Queens, NY (29-Jun-1994)
    Drug Possession: Heroin Queens, NY (29-Jun-1994)
    Drug Possession: Cocaine 19-Jul-1994
    Drug Possession: Heroin 19-Jul-1994
    Drug Possession 30-Mar-1995
    Shot Queens, NY (Apr-2000)
    Unlawful Possession of a Firearm New York City 31-Dec-2002
    Domestic Violence Los Angeles, CA (charged, 3-Jul-2013)
    Vandalism Los Angeles, CA (charged, 3-Jul-2013)
    Bankruptcy (13-Jun-2015)
    Risk Factors: Cocaine, Heroin

    Before I Self Destruct (16-Nov-2009)

    Southpaw (15-Jun-2015)
    Spy (15-Mar-2015) · Himself
    Last Vegas (31-Oct-2013) · Himself
    Escape Plan (18-Jul-2013)
    The Frozen Ground (11-Jul-2013)
    How to Make Money Selling Drugs (7-Sep-2012) · Himself
    Fire with Fire (31-Aug-2012)
    Freelancers (10-Aug-2012)
    Setup (20-Sep-2011)
    Blood Out (26-Apr-2011)
    All Things Fall Apart (5-Mar-2011)
    Morning Glory (10-Nov-2010) · Himself
    Gun (30-Jul-2010) · Rich
    Caught in the Crossfire (13-Jul-2010) · Tino
    13 (13-Mar-2010) · Jimmy
    Twelve (29-Jan-2010) · Lionel
    Before I Self Destruct (16-Nov-2009) · Clarence
    Dead Man Running (30-Oct-2009) · Mr. Thigo
    Streets of Blood (7-Jul-2009) · Stan
    Righteous Kill (11-Sep-2008)
    Live! (28-Apr-2007) · Himself
    Home of the Brave (15-Dec-2006) · Jamal Aiken
    Get Rich or Die Tryin' (9-Nov-2005)
    Beef II (30-Aug-2004) · Himself
    Beef (Aug-2003) · Himself

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Appears on the cover of:
Entertainment Weekly, 30-May-2003, DETAILS: 50 Cent and Jay-Z -- An exclusive Q and A with the summer's hottest touring duo (photo with Jay-Z by Martin Schoeller)

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