50 Cent (Curtis James Jackson) (1975) — rap artist, entrepreneur, actor.
Activity — Actor, Businessman, Singer
Date of birth — July 6, 1975
Star Sign — Cancer
Place of birth — USA, South Jamaica
Full name — Curtis James Jackson III
Nickname — 50 Cent
Curtis was born on July 6, 1975 in New York. Childhood in the biography of 50 Cent was spent in Queens, mostly with the parents of the mother — Sabrina Jones. When the mother died, James stayed with his grandmother. At the age of 11, he went in for sports — boxing, and at the age of 12 he started selling drugs. In 1994, he was arrested by the police and sentenced to three years. Having achieved early release, he took the pseudonym «50 Cent».
Since then, in the life of 50 Cent music was given a place of honor. Having become acquainted with Jay Mast Jay (owner of the Jam Master Jay Records label) in 1996, he began to take notes, structure and improve his songs. For the first time, his voice was officially voiced in the song of the band «Onyx».
And in 1999, 50 Cent signed a contract with Columbia Records, and the following year released the first unofficial album. The song «How to Rob» significantly increased the popularity of the artist, not only among the listeners, but also in music circles.
In May 2004, an attempt was made to Curtis’ biography: eight bullets hit him. The rapper was still alive, but was hospitalized. The official debut album 50 Cent was released in 2003 — “Get Rich Or Die Tryin”, became very successful. The second album “The Massacre” was released in 2005, the third “Curtis” — in 2007.
Also 50 Cent finds time for business: he signed a contract with Reebok, voiced video game heroes. Curtis also wrote a book, memoirs, starred in an autobiographical film. In 2009, his album «Before I Self Destruct» was released.