50 Cent (real name Curtis James Jackson III) is a highly successful rapper from Queens, NYC.
He has released three solo albums to date: Power of the Dollar (1999), Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003), The Massacre (2005). He was also featured on the soundtrack to the movie Get Rich or Die Tryin’, a story about his life in which he starred as himself, released in 2005.
Before 50 Cent ever inked a major deal, he built up a substantial fan base in New York through underground mixtapes. 50 Cent met up with Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. and was signed to his label to write all of Jay’s music. After he’d left JMJ, he signed to Columbia Records in 1999. On this label, he released Power of the Dollar, and the singles How to Rob and Ghetto Qu’ran. Columbia Records released him from the label after being shot on May 24th, 2000.
Around this time, Eminem had heard one of 50 Cent’s demo tapes and expressed a huge interest in him on MTV, as did Dr. Dre. Shortly after this, 50 Cent officially signed to Interscope Records. He was the first rapper to sign to the joint label owned by Dr Dre and Eminem. The first song he released on this reco...