Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better
known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper and actor. He
rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin'
(2003) and The Massacre (2005). Get Rich or Die Tryin has been certified
eight times platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 15 million copies
worldwide. His album The Massacre has been certified five times
platinum by the RIAA and has sold 11 million copies worldwide.
Born in South Jamaica, Queens, Jackson began drug dealing at the age
of twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. After leaving drug dealing
to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine bullets during
an incident in 2000. After releasing his album Guess Who's Back? in
2002, Jackson was discovered by rapper Eminem and signed to Interscope
Records. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his first
major commercial successes, Jackson became one of the world's highest
selling rappers. In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records,
which signed several successful rappers such as Young
Buck, Lloyd Banks,
and Tony Yayo.
Jackson has engaged in feuds with other rappers including Ja
Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Cam'ron, Rick
Ross, and former G-Unit members The
Game and Young Buck. He has also pursued an acting career, appearing
in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2005, the
Iraq War film Home of the Brave in 2006, and Righteous Kill in 2008.
50 Cent was ranked as the 6th best artist of the 2000-2009 decade by
Billboard magazine. The magazine also ranked him as the 4th Top male
artist and as the 3rd Top rapper behind Eminem and Nelly. Billboard
magazine also ranked him as the 6th best and most successful Hot 100
Artist of the 2000-2009 decade and as the #1 Rap Song Artist of
the 2000-2009 decade. Billboard ranked his album Get Rich or Die
Tryin' as the 12th best album of the 2000-2009 decade and his album
The Massacre as the 37th best album of the 2000-2009 decade.
Curtis Jackson III grew up in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens,
in New York City. He grew up without a father and was raised by his
mother, Sabrina, who gave birth to him at the age of fifteen. Sabrina,
a cocaine dealer, raised Jackson until the age of twelve, when she
was murdered in 1988. Twenty-seven at the time, she became unconscious
after someone drugged her drink. She was then left for dead after the
gas in her apartment was turned on and the windows shut closed.
After her death, Jackson moved into his grandparents' house with his
eight aunts and uncles. He recalls, "My grandmother
told me, 'Your mother's not coming home. She's not gonna come back
to pick you up. You're gonna stay with us now.' That's when I started
adjusting to the streets a little bit".
Jackson's mug shot, August 23, 1994
Jackson began boxing around the age of eleven. At fourteen, a neighbor
opened a boxing gym for local kids. "When I wasn't killing time
in school, I was sparring in the gym or selling crack on the strip",
he recalled. In the mid 1980s, he competed in the Junior Olympics
as an amateur boxer. He recounts, "I was competitive in the ring
and hip-hop is competitive too... I think rappers condition themselves
like boxers, so they all kind of feel like they're the champ".
At the age of twelve, Jackson began dealing narcotics when his grandparents
thought he was at after-school programs. He also took guns and
drug money to school. In the tenth grade, he was caught by metal detectors
at Andrew Jackson High School. He later stated, "I was embarrassed
that I got arrested like that... After I got arrested I stopped hiding
it. I was telling my grandmother [openly], 'I sell drugs.'"
On June 29, 1994, Jackson was arrested for helping to sell four vials
of cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was arrested again three
weeks later when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces
of crack cocaine, and a starter gun. He was sentenced to three to nine
years in prison, but managed to serve six months in a shock incarceration
boot camp where he earned his GED. Jackson said that he did not use
cocaine himself, he only sold it. He adopted the nickname "50
Cent" as a metaphor for "change". The name was derived
from Kelvin Martin, a 1980s Brooklyn robber known as "50 Cent".
Jackson chose the name "because it says everything I want it to
say. I'm the same kind of person 50 Cent was. I provide for myself
by any means".
1996–2000: Early career
Jackson started rapping in a friend's basement where he used turntables
to record over instrumentals. In 1996, a friend introduced him
to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC who was organizing his label Jam Master
Jay Records. Jay taught him how to count bars, write choruses, structure
songs, and how to make a record. Jackson's first official appearance
was on a song titled "React" with the group Onyx on their
1998 album Shut 'Em Down. He credited Jam Master Jay as an influence
who helped him improve his ability to write hooks. Jay produced
Jackson's first album; however, it was never released. In 1999,
after leaving Jam Master Jay, the platinum-selling producers Trackmasters
took notice of Jackson and signed him to Columbia Records. They sent
him to a studio in Upstate New York where he produced thirty-six songs
in two weeks. Eighteen were included on his unofficially released
album, Power of the Dollar in 2000. He also started the now-defunct
Hollow Point Entertainment with former G-Unit affiliate Bang 'Em Smurf.
How to Rob"
50 Cent's first underground single in which he comically describes
robbing celebrity musicians.
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Jackson's popularity started to increase after the successful but
controversial underground single, "How to Rob", which he
wrote in half an hour while in a car on the way to a studio.
The track comically explains how he would rob famous artists. He explained
the reasoning behind song's content as, "There's a hundred artists
on that label, you gotta separate yourself from that group and make
yourself relevant". Rappers Jay-Z, Kurupt, Sticky Fingaz,
Big Pun, DMX, Wyclef Jean and the Wu-Tang Clan replied to the song
and Nas, who received the track positively, invited Jackson to travel
on a promotional tour for his Nastradamus album. The song was intended
to be released with "Thug Love" featuring Destiny's Child,
but two days before he was scheduled to film the "Thug Love" music
video, Jackson was shot and confined to a hospital due to his injuries.
On April 24, 2000, Jackson was attacked by a gunman, alleged to be
Darryl "Hommo" Baum, outside his grandmother's former home
in South Jamaica, Queens. He went into a friend's car, but was asked
to return to the house to get jewelry. His son was in the house, while
his grandmother was in the front yard. Upon returning to the back
seat of the car, another car pulled up nearby. An assailant then walked
up to Jackson's left side with a 9mm handgun and fired nine shots at
close range. He was shot nine times: in the hand (a round hit his right
thumb and came out of his little finger), arm, hip, both legs, chest,
and left cheek. The face wound resulted in a swollen tongue,
the loss of a wisdom tooth, and a small slur in his voice.
His friend also sustained a gunshot wound to the hand. They were driven
to the hospital where Jackson spent thirteen days. Baum, the alleged
shooter, was killed three weeks later. Baum was also Mike Tyson's
close friend and bodyguard.
Jackson recalled the incident saying, "It happens so fast that
you don't even get a chance to shoot back.... I was scared the whole
time.... I was looking in the rear-view mirror like, 'Oh shit, somebody
shot me in the face! It burns, burns, burns.'" In his autobiography,
From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens, he wrote, "After
I got shot nine times at close range and didn't die, I started to think
that I must have a purpose in life... How much more damage could that
shell have done? Give me an inch in this direction or that one, and
I'm gone". He used a walker for the first six weeks and fully
recovered after five months. When he left the hospital, he stayed in
the Poconos with his then-girlfriend and son. His workout regime helped
him attain his muscular physique.
While in the hospital, Jackson signed a publishing deal with Columbia
Records. However, he was dropped from the label and "blacklisted" in
the recording industry because of his song "Ghetto Qu'ran".
Unable to find a studio to work with in the U.S, he traveled to Canada.
Along with his business partner Sha Money XL, he recorded over thirty
songs for mixtapes, with the purpose of building a reputation. According
to Shady Records A&R Marc Labelle in an interview with HitQuarters,
Jackson shrewdly used the mixtape circuit to his own advantage saying, "He
took all the hottest beats from every artist and flipped them with
better hooks. They then got into all the markets on the mixtapes and
all the mixtape DJs were messing with them." Jackson's popularity
rose and in 2002, he released material independently on the mixtape,
Guess Who's Back?. Beginning to attract interest, and now backed by
G-Unit, Jackson continued to release music including 50 Cent Is the
Future. The mixtape revisited material by Jay-Z and Raphael Saadiq.
2002–2009: Rise to fame
In da Club"
The breakthrough single from Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
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In 2002, Eminem listened to a copy of Jackson's Guess Who's Back?
CD. He received the CD through Jackson's attorney, who was working
with Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg. Impressed with the album,
Eminem invited Jackson to fly to Los Angeles, where he was introduced
to Dr. Dre. After signing a $1 million record deal,
Jackson released the mixtape, No Mercy, No Fear. It featured one new
track, "Wanksta", which was put on Eminem's 8 Mile soundtrack.
He was also signed to Chris Lighty's Violator Management and Sha Money
XL's Money Management Group.
In February 2003, Jackson released his commercial debut album, Get
Rich or Die Tryin'. Allmusic described it as "probably the most
hyped debut album by a rap artist in about a decade". Rolling
Stone noted the album for its "dark synth grooves, buzzy keyboards
and a persistently funky bounce" with Jackson complementing the
production in "an unflappable, laid-back flow". It debuted
at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 872,000 copies in the first
four days. The lead single, "In da Club", which The Source
noted for its "blaring horns, funky organs, guitar riffs and sparse
hand claps", broke a Billboard record as the most listened-to
song in radio history within a week.
50 Cent at a show in Stockholm, June 2009
Interscope granted Jackson his own label, G-Unit Records in 2003.
He signed Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck as the established
members of G-Unit. The Game was later signed under a joint venture
with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. In March 2005, Jackson's second
commercial album, The Massacre, sold 1.14 million copies in the first
four days-the highest in an abbreviated sales cycle- and peaked
at number one on the Billboard 200 for six weeks. He became the
first solo artist to have three singles on the Billboard top five in
the same week with "Candy Shop", "Disco Inferno",
and "How We Do". Rolling Stone noted that "50's
secret weapon is his singing voice - the deceptively amateur-sounding
tenor croon that he deploys on almost every chorus".
From left: With Olivia, Lloyd Banks, and Young Buck in Bangkok, Thailand,
After The Game's departure, Jackson signed singer Olivia and rap veterans
Mobb Deep to G-Unit Records. Spider Loc, M.O.P., 40 Glocc and Young
Hot Rod later joined the label. Jackson expressed interest
in working with rappers outside of G-Unit, such as Lil' Scrappy of
BME, LL Cool J from Def Jam, Mase from Bad Boy, and Freeway of Roc-A-Fella,
some of whom he recorded with. In September 2007, he released his
third album Curtis, which was inspired by his life before Get Rich
or Die Tryin'. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling
691,000 units in the first week, behind Kanye West's Graduation,
whom he had a sales competition with, as both albums were released
on the same day. He confirmed on TRL on September 10, 2008 that his
fourth studio album, Before I Self Destruct, will be "done and
released in November". On May 18, 2009, Jackson released a song
entitled "Ok, You're Right". The song was produced by Dr.
Dre and will be included in Before I Self Destruct. In Fall 2009, 50
Cent appeared in the new season of VH1's Behind The Music. On September
3, 2009 months upon the release of his "Before I Self Destruct" album
50 Cent posted a video  for the Soundkillers' Phoenix  produced
track "Flight 187" which introduced his mixtape, the 50th
LAW, and was also featured as a bonus track on his iTunes release of
Before I Self Destruct. The song ignited speculation that there was
tension between rapper 50 Cent and Jay Z for Jackson's comments in
2010–present: New direction
In an interview with the British entertainment website ContactMusic,
50 Cent announced that he was working on a dance (primarily Eurodance)
album named Black Magic. 50 Cent said he was inspired by the European
nightclubs. "First they played hip-hop which suddenly changed
to uptempo songs, known as Eurodance". Later however, he confirmed
that he had shelved Black Magic in favor of writing new material that
did not fit the concept of Black Magic. He did confirm that he is working
on his yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album.
He went on The Invitation Tour in the summer of 2010, in support of
Before I Self Destruct album, and the shelved Black Magic album. On
September 3, 50 Cent showed support to longtime mentor Eminem, and
appeared on his and Jay-Z's Home & Home Tour, performing hit songs
such as "Crack A Bottle," alongside his longtime mentors
Eminem and Dr. Dre, amidst rumors that 50 was no longer working with
50 Cent appeared on Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael. He
co-wrote and rapped on the song "Monster."
50 Cent recently discussed his next album while on the set of Jeremih's
new music video. Referring to recent leaks as "ideas," the
G-Unit leader says the new project is his "Detox Album" and
it "may take ten years." He also says that he "recorded
20 songs to a whole different album concept" before he put those
to the side and did something different. Planning to record and write
until it feels perfect, 50 says that "its important to put out
the right sound for that moment." 50 Cent finished up with a little
self-confidence saying simply, "there is no one in Hip Hop that
possesses the ability to do what I do."
50 Cent has revealed that he wants his forthcoming album, Black Magic,
to have the same "aggression" as his debut record, Get Rich
or Die Tryin'. 50 Cent, who tweeted that his new LP is "80 percent
done", also claimed that he hopes the album will be released later
this year. Speaking to MTV, 50 Cent explained: "It should be out
this summer, I'm working on that. It's exciting; we'll see how everyone
responds to that". He also claimed that he has revisited material
from his first album, explaining: "The content had extreme aggression." He
added: "What I offered on Get Rich or Die Tryin' was all the dysfunctional
behavior I had seen all my entire life to the general public."
Jackson has established himself in a variety of fields. In November
2003, he signed a five year deal with Reebok to distribute a "G-Unit
Sneakers" line as part of his G-Unit Clothing Company.
He provided the voice-over as the protagonist in the video game, 50
Cent: Bulletproof, which was released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and
the PlayStation Portable. Its sequel, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, was
released in early 2009. He worked with Glacéau to create
a Vitamin Water drink called Formula 50. In 2007, Coca-Cola purchased
Glacéau for US$4.1 billion. Forbes estimated Jackson, who owns
a stake in the company, earned $100 million from the deal after taxes.
He has teamed up with Right Guard to launched a body spray called Pure
50 RGX Body Spray and a condom line called Magic Stick Condoms,
in which he planned to donate part of the proceeds to HIV awareness.
Jackson has signed a multi-year deal with Steiner Sports to sell his
In 2005, Jackson made a cameo appearance on The Simpsons episode "Pranksta
Rap", in which he makes light of his legal troubles. The same
year, he starred alongside Terrence Howard in the semi-autobiographical
film Get Rich or Die Tryin'. He starred in the 2006 film, Home of the
Brave, as a soldier returning home from the Iraq War, traumatized after
killing an Iraqi woman. Jackson is working on a role as a fighter
in an Angola State Prison in Spectacular Regret alongside Nicolas Cage,
and starred opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in 2008's Righteous
Kill, a movie regarding a police death. He also started the film
production companies G-Unit Films in 2007 and Cheetah Vision in 2008.
In August 2007, Jackson announced plans to launch a dietary supplement
company in conjunction with his movie Spectacular Regret.
50 Cent with Val Kilmer at the AMAs 2009
In August, 2005, shortly before appearing in Get Rich or Die Tryin',
Jackson published an autobiography entitled From Pieces to Weight:
Once upon a Time in Southside Queens. In it Jackson explores the cultural
and economic forces that led him to sell cocaine and crack, details
his entrepreneurship as a drug-dealer and then as a rapper, and reflects
on his own ethos and on society. On January 4, 2007, Jackson launched
his G-Unit Books imprint at the Time Warner Building. He also co-wrote
The Ski Mask Way, a novel about a small-time drug dealer who attempts
to rob his employers, which is to be turned into a film. Jackson
said he read Robert Greene's The 33 Strategies of War and worked with
the author on a book titled The 50th Law, an urban take on The 48 Laws
of Power. In May 2008, Jackson met billionaire Patrice Motsepe
to forge a joint venture selling 50 Cent-branded platinum.
In 2008, Jackson started a reality television show on MTV titled 50
Cent: The Money and the Power; the winning contestant, Ryan Mayberry,
won a $100,000 investment from Jackson.
In 2010, Jackson's film company Cheetah Vision landed $200 million
On October 13, 1997, Jackson's then-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins gave
birth to a son, Marquise Jackson. Tompkins later sued Jackson
for $50 million dollars, claiming that he said that he would take care
of her for life; the suit, which includes 15 claims was later dismissed
by a judge, calling it "an unfortunate tale of a love relationship
gone sour." As of February 2009, Tompkins' and her lawyer
are considering an appeal.
The birth of his son changed Jackson's outlook on life: "When
my son came into my life, my priorities changed, because I wanted to
have the relationship with him, that I didn't have with my father."
He credited his son for inspiring his career and being "motivation
to go in a different direction".
Jackson has a tattoo of "Marquise" with an axe on his right
biceps. "The axe is 'cause I'm a warrior. I don't want him to
be one, though," he explains. He also has "50", "Southside",
and "Cold World" inscribed on his back because "I'm
a product of that environment. It's on my back, though, so it's all
behind me." Jackson dated actress Vivica A. Fox in 2003. After
a few months, he announced their split up on The Howard Stern Show
when pictures from a photo shoot they did ended up on the cover of
Today's Black Woman magazine without his knowledge.
In 2005, Jackson expressed support for President George W. Bush after
rapper Kanye West criticized him for the slow response in assisting
the Hurricane Katrina victims. If his felony convictions did not
prevent him from voting, he claimed he would have voted for Bush.
He later stated that Bush "has less compassion than the average
human. By all means, I don't aspire to be like George Bush."
In 2007, Forbes recognized Jackson for his wealth, placing him second
behind Jay-Z in the rap industry. He resides in Farmington, Connecticut,
in the former mansion of ex-boxer Mike Tyson. He put the mansion
for sale at $18.5 million to move closer to his son who lives in Long
Island with his ex-girlfriend. On October 12, 2007, the Mayor of
Bridgeport, Connecticut declared it "50 Cent Curtis Jackson Day".
He was honored with a key to the city and an official proclamation.
One of his homes in New York purchased for 2.4 million dollars in January
2007 and at the center of a lawsuit between Jackson and ex-girlfriend
Shaniqua Tompkins caught fire on May 31, 2008 while he was out of town
filming for a movie in Louisiana.
In December 2008 50 told the Canadian press that he had been affected
by the recession, losing several million dollars on the stock market.
He also went on to say that he had been unable to sell his Connecticut
mansion and pushed Before I Self-Destruct back because of the recent
In November 2009, 50 Cent won in a lawsuit against Taco Bell over
the fast food chain using his name to promote the brand without his
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How To Rob
50 Cent said that he intended the single to be a joke, and not meant
to disrespect anybody. Nevertheless, a number of rappers mentioned
on the song responded on record. The comments made towards the Wu-Tang
Clan were responded to on the Ghostface Killah album Supreme Clientele
on a track called "Ghost Deini" and even more directly on
a skit called "Clyde Smith" which included one of the Wu-Tang
Clan members talking about how they intended to harm the rapper, which
is identifiable as Raekwon when the track is sped up. A supposed diss
song, "Who the Fuck Is 50 Cent", which circulated the web
in the beginning of 2001 was rumored to be by the Clan, but was proven
to be recorded by Polite of American Cream Team (Raekwon's then-side
Jay-Z also reacted to the comments in the track called "It's
Hot (Some Like It Hot)", off the album Vol. 3: Life and Times
of S. Carter:
"Go against Jigga yo' ass is dense
I'm about a dollar, what the fuck is 50 Cents?"
Sticky Fingaz responded to the diss with the track "Jackin' for
"The real 50 from Brooklyn god bless he got outed
You just a fake clown who front and rout about it."
Big Pun responds to this track on his album Yeeeah Baby, in the song "My
"And to the 50 Cent Rapper, very funny -- get your nut off,
'cuz in real life, we all know I'd blow your motherfucking head off...If
I'm gonna write a song, it'll be about how I had to beat your mothafuckin'
ass. And that'll be the name of the motherfucker: 'That's Why I Had
To Beat Your Motherfucking Ass', featuring Tony Sunshine."
Kurupt responded on the diss track "Callin' Out Names."
"Now it's 50 mc's that ain't worth shit
Get ya ass kicked 50 times, beat to 10 cent"
Wyclef Jean responded on the song "Low Income", from his
2000 album, The Ecleftic.
"I stay so hungry that if 50 Cent came to rob me
he'd be part of my charity."
Before signing with Interscope, Jackson engaged in a well-publicized
dispute with rapper Ja Rule and his label The Inc. Records. Jackson
claims that a friend robbed Ja Rule of his jewelry and that Ja Rule
accused him of setting it up. However, Ja Rule claimed the conflict
stemmed from a video shoot in Queens because Jackson did not like seeing
him "getting so much love" from the neighborhood. In
March 2000, while at The Hit Factory studio in New York, Jackson had
an altercation with Murder Inc. associates. He was treated for three
stitches after receiving a stab wound. Rapper Black Child
claimed responsibility for the stabbing, saying he acted in self-defense
because he thought someone reached for a gun.
An affidavit by an IRS agent suggested that Murder Inc. had ties to
Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, a New York drug lord who was suspected
of being involved in the murder of Jam Master Jay and the shooting
of Jackson. An excerpt of the affidavit read:
The investigation has uncovered a conspiracy involving McGriff and
others to murder a rap artist who has released songs containing lyrics
regarding McGriff's criminal activities. The rap artist was shot in
2000, survived and thereafter refused to cooperate with law enforcement
regarding the shooting. Messages transmitted over the Murder Inc. pager
indicate that McGriff is involved in an ongoing plot to kill this rap
artist, and that he communicates with Murder Inc. employees concerning
The exchange of insultive tracks released from both parties culminated
into Ja Rule releasing Blood in My Eye, which was an album that mostly
insulted Jackson and Eminem. Ja Rule eventually tried to squash the
feud with Jackson by using minister Louis Farrakhan in a televised
interview. However, the attempt at peace lost credibility as the interview
was scheduled a day before Blood in My Eye was released. As a result,
most fans, along with Jackson, dismissed the interview as a blatant
Ja Rule later released R.U.L.E. with the successful single, "New
York", featuring Jadakiss and Fat Joe in which Ja Rule took subliminal
shots at Jackson. This single prompted Jackson to enter a feud with
the two featured artists. The feud died down in late 2004, when Eminem
released "Like Toy Soldiers" which explains the recent feuding
with Ja Rule and Benzino, to which Eminem ends the song offering a
truce to his enemies. Although the feud was later resurrected in early
New York rappers
Before releasing The Massacre, Jackson recorded a song "Piggy
Bank", a response to Ja Rule's song "New York", which
was leaked before the album's release. The song takes aim at rappers
including Fat Joe, Nas, and Jadakiss. Fat Joe responded with a
song, "My Fofo", accusing Jackson of taking steroids, hiding
in his home, and being jealous of The Game. Jadakiss also responded
with a song, "Checkmate", and said that Jackson was trying
to "create a buzz for his new album". The "Piggy
Bank" music video portrays animated caricatures of Jadakiss (as
a Ninja turtle), Fat Joe (as an overweight boxer who receives a knockout),
Nas (as a kid chasing a "milkshake" truck in a Superman costume),
and The Game (as Mr. Potato Head). He also disses all of them on the
beef version of his single "Window Shopper" Kelis, Nas's
wife, responded to the song on her single "Bossy".[citation
needed] Nas later responded with "Don't Body Ya Self (MC Burial)." Nas
later dissed 50 on the song "Street Ridaz" on Game's mixtape "Brake
Jackson spoke negatively about Bad Boy Entertainment mogul Sean Combs
and recorded a song, "Hip-Hop", revealing the reasons behind
his negative feelings: primarily, a contract dispute over Mase. In
the song, he implied that Diddy knew about The Notorious B.I.G.'s murder
and threatened to expose him through former associates. The feud
was resolved, with both rappers appearing on MTV's TRL and Sucker Free,
respectively, stating that there were no longer problems. The
feud reignited in 2010 with 50 Cent dissing Diddy, saying his music "sucks".
On February 1, 2007, Cam'ron and Jackson had a live argument on The
Angie Martinez Show on Hot 97 radio. Jackson commented that Koch Entertainment
was a "graveyard", meaning major record labels would not
work with their artists. Cam'ron then ridiculed the record sales
of G-Unit members Lloyd Banks and Mobb Deep by stating that Jim Jones
outsold their albums despite being signed to an independent label and
that his group, The Diplomats, had a distribution deal from several
labels. Both rappers released "diss" songs with videos
on YouTube. Jackson suggested in "Funeral Music" that Cam'ron
is no longer able to lead The Diplomats and that Jim Jones should take
his place. Cam'ron responded with "Curtis" and "Curtis
Pt. II", in which he makes fun of Jackson's appearance, calling
him "a gorilla, with rabbit teeth". Jackson responded
by releasing "Hold On" with Young Buck.
Main article: G-Unit vs. The Game feud
Although he was close with The Game, before The Game released his
debut album The Documentary, they soon became at odds. After its release,
Jackson felt The Game was disloyal for saying he did not want to participate
in G-Unit's feuds with other rappers and even wanting to work with
artists they were feuding with. He also claimed that he wrote six songs
on the album and was not receiving proper credit for his work, which
The Game denied.
Not Rich, Still Lyin'"
A track in which he takes aim at The Game.
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Jackson later dismissed The Game from G-Unit on Hot 97 radio. After
the announcement, The Game, who was a guest earlier in the evening,
attempted to enter the building with his entourage. After being denied
entry, one of his associates was shot in the leg during a confrontation
with a group of men leaving the building. When the situation
escalated, both rappers held a press conference to announce their reconciliation.
Fans had mixed feelings as to whether the rappers created a publicity
stunt to boost the sales of the albums they had just released.
Nevertheless, even after the situation deflated, G-Unit criticized
The Game's street credibility. The group denounced The Game and announced
that they will not be featured on his albums. During a Summer Jam performance,
The Game launched a boycott of G-Unit called "G-Unot".
After the performance at Summer Jam, The Game responded with "300
Bars and Runnin'", an extended "diss" aimed at G-Unit
as well as members of Roc-A-Fella Records on the mixtape You Know What
It Is Vol. 3. Jackson responded through his "Piggy Bank" music
video, which features The Game as a Mr. Potato Head doll and also parodies
other rivals. Since then both groups continued to attack each
other. The Game released two more mixtapes, Ghost Unit and a mixtape/DVD
called Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin.
Jackson posted a cover of The Game's head on the body of a male stripper
for "Hate It or Love It (G-Unit Radio Part 21)" mixtape,
as a response to The Game displaying pictures of G-Unit dressed as
Village People. Although he was signed to Aftermath Entertainment,
The Game left the label and signed with Geffen Records to terminate
his contractual obligations with G-Unit (although others claim Jackson
pressured Dr. Dre to kick him off). G-Unit member Spider Loc had
also began to insult The Game on various songs. In addition, The Game
released "240 Bars (Spider Joke)" and "100 Bars (The
Funeral)" both attacking G-Unit, Spider Loc and others. Jackson's
response was "Not Rich, Still Lyin'" where he mocks The Game.
Lloyd Banks replied to the Game on a Rap City freestyle booth session.
The Game quickly released a "diss" record called "SoundScan" where
The Game pokes fun at Lloyd Banks' album Rotten Apple falling thirteen
spots on the Billboard 200 chart and disappointing second week sales.
Lloyd Banks replied on his mixtape Mo' Money In The Bank Pt. 5: Gang
Green Season Continues with a song called "Showtime (The Game's
Over)". Lloyd Banks states that Jackson wrote half of The Game's
first album The Documentary and pokes fun at The Game's suicidal thoughts.
In October 2006, The Game extended a peace treaty to Jackson, which
was not immediately replied to. However, a couple days later,
on Power 106, he stated that the treaty was only offered for one day.
On The Game's album, Doctor's Advocate, he claims that the feud is
over on a few of the songs.
In July 2009, The Game stated the beef was squashed with help from
Michael Jackson and Diddy, and he apologized for his actions during
the beef. Tony Yayo said that neither Jackson or G-Unit would
accept his apology. Since then, The Game continued his old "G-Unot" ways
at live concerts. Jackson released "So Disrespectful" a diss
song on Before I Self Destruct targeting Jay-Z, The Game and Young
Buck. Game later responded with the song "Shake", poking
fun of the music video for 50's single "Candy Shop", quote, "Me
and 50 aint agreeing on shit so I had to (Shake) Aint no telling what
he putting in that protein (Shake) Seen the candy shop video look at
this nigga (Shake) And thats the same shit that made the nigga Young
Buck (Shake)". He also takes shots at Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo,
in which he says, "I'm surprised that Lloyd Banks and Yayo didn't
(Shake) Wasn't selling no records Jimmy Iovine said (Shake)".
Game also dissed G-Unit several times on the song "400 Bars".
In January 2009, Rick Ross started a feud with 50 Cent because he
supposedly looked at him the wrong way at the BET Awards. However,
Jackson told news sources that he did not even remember seeing Rick
Ross there. In late January, a track entitled "Mafia Music" by
Rick Ross, leaked onto the Internet. There were several lines that
seem to diss Jackson. Days later, Jackson released "Officer Ricky
(Go Head, Try Me)" in response to Rick Ross's disparaging remarks
on his "Mafia Music" song. The next day Rick Ross appeared
on Shade 45, and told Jackson to come up with something better in 24
Before going to Venezuela, Jackson uploaded a video entitled "Warning
Shot", where he warns Rick Ross: "I'ma fuck your life up
for fun". In addition, Jackson released the first of a series
of "Officer Ricky" cartoons. Early February, Jackson once
again made a video which he uploaded to YouTube where he interviews "Tia",
the mother of one of Rick Ross's children. She verifies his being a
correctional officer and claims his whole persona is fake and fraudulent.
On Thursday, February 5, 2009, The Game, who Jackson has a long-standing "beef" with,
called up Seattle's KUBE 93 Radio Station. When asked about the beef
between Jackson and Rick Ross, The Game sided with Jackson and said
that things are not looking good for Rick Ross. However, he offered
to help Rick Ross get out of this situation, stating "Rick Ross,
holla at your boy, man," and "50 eating you, boy."
On his album Deeper Than Rap, Ross references Jackson in the song "In
Cold Blood". A video for the song was released that portrayed
Jackson's mock funeral. Upon release, Ross stated that he has ended
In an interview, Jackson said: "Rick Ross is Albert From CB4.
You ever seen the movie? He's Albert," he added. "It never
gets worse than this. You get a guy that was a correctional officer
come out and base his entire career on writing material from a drug
dealer's perspective such as "Freeway" Ricky Ross."
After hearing word that Lil Wayne had prepared a song for him after
50 made some unkind remarks, 50 lashed out at Wayne first on August
17, 2007 with the song "Part Time Lover". Wayne never
really responded to the song, although a 50 Cent diss track called "Louisianimal" did
leak much later on November 17, 2008. Jackson responded to Lil
Wayne in January 2009 in a song entitled "Play This On The Radio".
As of August 14, 2009, the controversy between Jackson and Lil Wayne
seems to have ended after Jackson appeared and performed at Lil Wayne's
America's Most Wanted Musical Festival stop in Anaheim, California.
After numerous rumors of a "beef" within G-Unit, Jackson
officially dismissed Young Buck from the group, in 2008. He later assured
that he was still signed with the label. Numerous slander songs
then arose on the internet from both camps, with Young Buck appearing
in a music video of former rival The Game. Jackson then leaked
a taped phone conversation between himself and Young Buck, which showed
one of the true reasons for the falling out; Jackson was owed money
by the Southern rapper. Young Buck later stated the conversation took
place over a year before the leak. The two camps have since released
a multitude of songs against each other, with the feud settling down
by 2009, with Young Buck stating he's been working on his latest album,
which is still to be released under the G-Unit label.
On July 21, 2007, Jackson filed a $1 million lawsuit against advertising
company Traffix Inc. of Pearl River, New York for using his image in
a promotion which he claims threatens his safety. He became aware of
the internet ad after one of his staff members saw it on a MySpace
page. According to court documents, the ad features a cartoon image
of the rapper and the message: "shoot the rapper and you will
win $5000 or five ring tones guaranteed". Though the ad did not
use his name, the image allegedly intended to resemble him, suggesting
he endorsed the ad. The lawsuit calls it a "vile, tasteless and
despicable" use of 50 Cent's image that "quite literally
calls for violence against him". The lawsuit seeks for unspecified
punitive damages and a permanent injunction against the use of his
image without permission.
Main articles: 50 Cent discography and G-Unit discography
* Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)
* The Massacre (2005)
* Curtis (2007)
* Before I Self Destruct (2009)
* Black Magic (2011)
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by 50 Cent
Year Film Role Notes
2003 50 Cent: The New Breed Himself Documentary DVD
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' Marcus Film debut
2006 Home of the Brave Jamal Aiken Supporting Role
2008 Righteous Kill Spider Supporting Role
Before I Self Destruct Clarence Supporting Role
50 Cent: The Money and the Power Himself TV series (one episode: "Choose
Your Crew Wisely")
2009 Streets of Blood Stan Johnson
Entourage Himself TV series (one episode: "One Car, Two Car, Red
Car, Blue Car")
Dead Man Running Thigo
Caught in the Crossfire Tino Executive producer
2010 13 Jimy
Twelve Lionel Supporting Role
Morning Glory Himself
2011 Vengeance Black Post-production
Blood Out Hardwick
Year Film Role Notes
2005 The Simpsons Himself TV series (one episode: "Pranksta Rap")
50 Cent: Bulletproof Himself Video game, voice only
2009 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Himself Video game, voice only
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Soldier Video game, voice