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Eminem Recreates ‘Get Rich or Die Trying’ with 50 Cent at SXSW : March 19, 2012

Austin’s South By Southwest festival has long been known for its frequent big name surprise guests, and 50 Cent’s set on Friday was no different as longtime collaborator Eminem ...

50 Cent Holds Album Hostage From Interscope : July 29, 2011

For a long time 50 Cent has been talking about releasing his fifth album. The former title for the set was “Black Magic.” He told reporters in May 2010 that he had been inspire ...

50 Cent Rolls Out Tour Behind New Album : April 26, 2010

50 Cent will be launching a late spring tour of the US to support “Before I Self Destruct,” his newest studio album that was released last fall. The outing will follow two mon ...

50 cent Biography

The rapper and actor 50 Cent was born as Curtis James Jackson III in Queens, New York on July 6, 1975. He rose to prominence after releasing 2003's “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” and 2005's “The Massacre.” The RIAA has certified “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” eight times platinum and the album has sold more than 15 million worldwide copies. RIAA has certified “The Massacre” five times platinum and the set has sold 11 million worldwide copies.

Jackson started to deal drugs when he was twelve years old during the crack epidemic of the 1980s. After he left drug dealing in order to purse a career in rap, he was shot and hit with nine bullets during a 2000 incident. In 2002 after 50 Cent released “Guess Who's Back,” the rapper Eminem discovered him and Interscope Records signed 50 Cent to a record deal. With help from Dr. Dre, who was the producer for his major first commercial successes along with Eminem, Jackson emerged as one of the top selling rappers in the world. He founded a record label called G-Unit Records in 2003. Several successful rappers were signed such as Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck.

Jackson has feuded with other rappers over the years, including Rick Ross, Cam'ron, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Ja Rule as well as Young Buck and The Game, former members of G-Unit. He has also pursued acting and appeared in 2005 in “Get Rich or Die Tryin',” in 2006 in “Home of the Brave” and in 2008 in “Righteous Kill.”