1. Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur, investor and actor from New York City.
2. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic.
3. Although he left drug-dealing to pursue a musical career, he was struck by nine bullets in a 2000 shooting.
4. After Jackson released the compilation album Guess Who’s Back? in 2002, he was discovered by Eminem and signed by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.
5. With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre (who produced his first major-label album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’), Jackson became one of the world’s best selling rappers and rose to prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit (which he leads de facto).
6. Jackson had similar commercial and critical success with his second album, The Massacre, which was released in 2005.
7. He released his fifth studio album, Animal Ambition, in 2014 and is working on his sixth studio album: Street King Immortal, scheduled for release in 2016.
8. Jackson was born and raised in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York City.
9. He was raised by his mother, Sabrina, who gave birth to him when she was fifteen.
10. A cocaine dealer, Sabrina raised Jackson until she was murdered when Jackson was eight.
11. She lost consciousness after an unknown assailant drugged her drink; the assailant then turned on the gas and closed the windows of her apartment. The rapper recalled, “My grandmother told me, ‘Your mother’s not coming home.
12. That’s when I started adjusting to the streets a little bit.”
13. He began boxing at about age 11, and when he was 14 a neighbor opened a boxing gym for local youth.
14. “When I wasn’t killing time in school, I was sparring in the gym or selling crack on the strip,” Jackson remembered. During the mid-1980s, he competed in the Junior Olympics: “I was competitive in the ring and hip-hop is competitive too…
15. I think rappers condition themselves like boxers, so they all kind of feel like they’re the champ.” and brought guns and drug money to school.