Celebrity Then And Now
50 Cent
Name: 50 Cent
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 2003 - Present
Currently Known For: Business Mogul, Record Producer
Networth: $20 MillionFamous For: "In da Club," "Candy Shop," "21 Questions"
50 Cent
Name 50 Cent
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 2003 - Present
Currently Known For Business Mogul, Record Producer
Networth $20 Million
Famous For "In da Club," "Candy Shop," "21 Questions"

Rap music has been known to have its roots in the streets, and some of those that have broken through to fame have come from tough backgrounds. Curtis Jackson is certainly one of those, who went on to become known as 50 Cent and one of the biggest names in hip hop.

Jackson was born on July 6, 1975 in the Queens borough of New York City where he was introduced to a life of crime almost right away. Jackson’s mother had been a drug dealer when he was growing up, and she tragically passed away before he was even 10 years old. Jackson would adopt a similar lifestyle, spending all of his time either selling drugs or in the boxing ring where he could blow off some steam.

Though he wasn’t using drugs himself, Jackson was getting into trouble for his dealings and would end up being arrested as a teenager multiple times. Knowing that things weren’t going to start looking up until he changed his life, Jackson finished his education and changed his name to the 50 Cent moniker that we know, adopting a love for hip hop.

With a new lease on life and a new career to look forward to, Jackson started getting some breaks early on in his rap career. After appearing on other rappers’ albums, Jackson would record his first solo project, though it was never released to the public. Then, in 2000, Jackson would release his first album called “Power of the Dollar” that, although not popular in the mainstream, did give Jackson a good reputation as a talent.

Later that year, tragedy would happen as Jackson almost lost his life. While outside of his own grandmother’s home, Jackson would be approached by a gunman who shot him nine times. Jackson could have easily died because of the multiple gun wounds to his face, but survived the ordeal as he was able to get to the hospital quickly. After spending nearly two weeks there, Jackson was released from the hospital, but was also released from his record label around the same time.

Talking about when he was being shot, Jackson said it changed his personality. “When you get hurt as bad as I did, you become afraid of everything because you know anything can happen at any time,” he said. “I got shot in the afternoon, broad daylight. So I got scared, and that made me harder than I was before. The only time I was comfortable was when I didn’t care.”

Heading north to Canada, Jackson worked on his next album that would be called “Guess Who’s Back?” Luckily enough for Jackson, famous rapper Eminem would catch wind of the album and offered 50 Cent a record deal. With a major label backing his debut mainstream album, Jackson was on his way to fame. That’s when he released “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” in 2003 that went on to huge success.

The album included hit songs such as “In da Club”, “21 Questions” and “P.I.M.P.” that was beloved by both fans and critics that became one of the biggest debuts in music history. Thanks to his success, Jackson would also receive his own record label where he was able to get the rappers from his group G-Unit together.

There was a lot of hype for his sophomore album, and Jackson didn’t disappoint in 2005 when he released “The Massacre”. The album had several songs that would make their way toward the top of the charts, and it seemed like Jackson was unstoppable. However, Jackson has released just three albums since then (in 2007, 2009 and 2014) and he has yet to have a single that’s reached the top 20 of the Billboard charts since 2007.

Still, it isn’t as if Jackson is struggling. He’s also had a career in acting and business. During his career, Jackson has starred in movies such as his personal biopic “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”, “Southpaw” and the upcoming “Den of Thieves”. On top of that, Jackson has also starred in the popular Starz series “Power” and has had two video games based off of him personally.

In terms of business, Jackson has had several successful ventures, including his own record label. He’s also invested in a wide range of ventures that include boxing, electronics, beverages and much, much more. Jackson would end up declaring bankruptcy in 2015, though it’s been found that he’s still far from broke.

Even if he’s been more involved in business, Jackson is still in the studio and working on his anticipated sixth album, which he’s already titled “Street King Immortal”. The album has been delayed several times, with the first release date announced for 2011, but has been getting pushed back until it’s ready. When it does come out, you can bet there are going to be a lot of interested ears glued to the music ready for Jackson’s return.