Curtis James Jackson, better known under the name 50 Cent, is one of the most prominent rap artists of today. He is talented, adventurous and has its own unique style, which, in fact, made it a real star. At present, the famous "Fifty" is on top of success. He is a frequent speaker on the stage, as well as pleases fans of his talent and bright notable roles in movies. But can we say that the way to the heights of popularity was given to him simply and easily? Of course not. After all, the fate of the famous rapper was a lot of strength tests.
EARLY YEARS, CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY OF 50 CENT
Curtis James Jackson was born on July 6, 1975. His home became a poor New York City neighborhood of Queens, who at all times was not the best place for a child. At the time of the appearance of the son of his mother he was only fifteen years old. She was selling crack, and therefore spent most of his life on the street. In the education of their child, she almost did not participate, but feeling guilty about it, I am constantly trying to make amends with money.
One day she did ever left the life of her young son. Deciding to give up the old business, she fell out of favor with former friends, so soon died under very questionable circumstances. From this point Curtis was in the care of her grandmother. From the earliest years in the life of the rap artist was only two main passions - music and boxing. With eleven years he began to engage in sports, and also took a lot of time to devote to music lessons. However, the latest craze soon faded into the background, when the life of our today's hero first appeared drugs. According to some reports, as well as once his mother, Curtis was selling narcotic drugs since the age of twelve. For a long time, "boxing" and "crack" was the key word in his life. But at some point in the life of the musician after all there was a change. In 1994, he was arrested for drug possession and was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison. In prison, Curtis James Jackson spent only part of the due date, and for some time later, was able to get parole. Again returning to freedom, the young musician decided to finally make all the difference in my life. He gave up the drug trade, began again to compose music, and took the name 50 Cent is in honor of the famous gangster past.
Rapper 50 CENT
In 1996, the year Curtis James Jackson met with Jam Master Jay'em musician who greatly helped the young boy in the early stages of his work. He taught 50 Cent's work in the studio, feeling the beat, the right to build intonation. Together they were to record their first album, Curtis James, but release plate for unknown reasons failed.
Musician's debut album was released only in 2000. Unofficial album «Power of the Dollar», immediately became quite popular in certain circles in the United States, but because very soon, 50 Cent began often act "opening act" together with other rap artists. Rapid ascent to the top was interrupted because of the attempt on the life of a musician, what happened May 24, 2000-year. Right on the street rapper was shot nine times in the face and chest. A few days later he was on the border between life and death, but in the end, still managed to get out. The episode gave the musician strength and confidence, and very soon he began to work with renewed vigor. In 2002, he began to cooperate fruitfully with Eminem and his support recorded an album with the symbolic name «Get Rich or Die Tryin '». The album was a huge success, and for some time later, the geography of concert tours musician spread throughout America. Subsequently, the hero of our today released four successful albums, each of which was warmly received by the public. Major hits "fifty dollars" have become a real classic of the genre and earned him numerous awards and prizes. The total circulation of albums was nearly five million copies. Thus, already in the mid-2000s, 50 Cent has become one of the most popular artists in the United States.
CAREER In other industries, filmography
In parallel with the musical career of our today's hero also steadily been building a career in the film industry. Over the years, he starred in twenty-three films, many of which are surely well known to lovers of contemporary cinema. So, one of the most notable films include tapes is "Get Rich or Die," which, in fact, is the autobiography of a musician, as well as such films as "Home of the Brave", "frozen ground", "Righteous Kill," "Twelve." It is noteworthy that many of the actors' work musician received very high praise from critics. In addition, it is also worth noting that on the creation of some films ("Before I Self Destruct", "frozen ground") and the musician has also worked as a producer and / or writer. Special mention should also writing career 50 Cent. Currently, his bibliography includes about a dozen books. And it is impressive.
In addition to everything else as a model musician often participates in various advertising campaigns, as well as working as an organizer of boxing matches.
PERSONAL LIFE OF 50 CENT
Novels and hobbies musician is rarely made public. The details of his personal life Curtis James Jackson usually keeps to himself. It is known only that in 1997, the famous rap artist born son - Marquis Jackson. Mother of the child was a girl named Shanigava Tompkins.
Jackson has had a highly successful business career. He is financially invested in a highly diversified variety of industries. Jackson is now involved in artist and talent management, record, television, and film production, footwear, apparel, fragrances, liquor, video games, mobile apps, book publishing, headphones and health drinks and dietary supplements.  His broad business and investment portfolio contains investments in a variety of sectors including real estate, financial market investments, mining, boxing promotion, vodka, fragrances, consumer electronics and fashion.  He established his own record label G-Unit Records in 2003 following his mainstream success.  In November 2003, he signed a five-year deal with Reebok to distribute a G-Unit Sneakers line for his G-Unit Clothing Company.  Stating in an interview regarding his vast business empire, Jackson says his businesses have a habit of doing well as he sees all of his ventures both past and present as revolving around his alter ego.  Jackson has also started a book publishing imprint, G-Unit Books on January 4, 2007 at the Time Warner Building in New York.  He has written a number of books including a memoir, From Pieces To Weight in 2005 where it sold 73,000 copies in hardcover and 14,000 copies in paperback; a crime novel and a book with Robert Greene titled The 50th Law, an urban take on The 48 Laws of Power.  In November 2011, Jackson released 50 Cent’s Playground, a young adult fiction novel about a bullied, violent kid and his gay mom.