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Born in the South Jamaica section of Queens, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has lived in New York City all his life. He was raised by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was only eight. Growing up, the Queens rapper originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but eventually fell back on rapping. DJs had taken it upon themselves to release two Best of 50 Cent mix CDs, before he had even signed to a major label. 50 Cent hit the scene with "How To Rob" and he's been on a rampage ever since dealing with bootleggers, label back stabbing and other platinum selling artists trying to get at him physically. In 1999 his album Power of the Dollar, was heavily bootlegged and Trackmasters/Columbia never released it. Supposedly, Trackmasters weren't comfortable with him being caught up in the streets and getting shot three days before filming the video for "Thug Love," (with Destiny's Child) -- his first single. 50 was shot three times that night, two shots hitting him in the head, the bullet that struck his face he carries as a reminder of what happened. That event led to the fall out with Columbia and negotiating his release from their grasps. He still showed love and rhymed over a Trackmasters produced remix of "I'm Gonna Be Alright" on J-Lo's latest album, but rivals at Murder Inc. had 50 cut from the track which could have launched the rapper. This all changed in one night when Eminem said on a radio show that "50 Cent is definitely my favorite rapper right now, he's the only one keeping it real." The very next day a bidding war started on 50, ending when 50 signed to Eminem's very own label Shady/Aftermath. 50 Cent's fame has exploded, being produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem and finally making his debut album "Get rich or Die Tryin'." 50 has full access and advantage of the streets through mix-tapes; that's his forum because he controls it. 50 Cent is the most anticipated artist of 2003. It's well deserved because he's "been patiently waiting."  See full bio on IMDb »

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50 Cent -- $14.5 Million from Lawyers He Accused of Sleek Audio Screw Job

50 Cent
$14.5 Mil from Lawyers He Accused Of Sleek Audio Screw Job

50 Cent just got a HUGE financial helping hand in his bankruptcy case -- his old lawyers will cough up $14.5 million after a sweet settlement deal. 50 had sued his team of attorneys for… READ MORE >

50 Cent -- I Saw Kanye's Breakdown Coming (VIDEO)

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I Saw Kanye's Breakdown Coming

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- 3 days ago
50 Cent -- I'm Not a P.I.M.P. for Your Wraps and Rims

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I'm Not a P.I.M.P. For Your Wraps and Rims!!

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- 6 days ago
50 Cent -- Cops Called for Alleged 'Buck 50' Slashing Threat (PHOTO)

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Cops Called for Alleged 'Buck 50' Slashing Threat

Sources close to 50 tell TMZ, "50 doesn't personally know him however he heard that he was assaulted, as a result of the vlad and Jimmy Henchmen interview that mentioned 50. Mafi personally… READ MORE >

- 12 days ago
'Empire' Star Ta'Rhonda Jones -- 50 Cent Needs Hugs ... and a Shrink's Couch (TMZ LIVE VIDEO)

'Empire' Star
50 Cent Needs Hugs ... And a Shrink's Couch

Cookie's assistant on "Empire" proved she's got her back in real life too by taking a jab at 50 Cent's mental health ... on the heels of him trash talking Taraji P. Henson. Ta'Rhonda Jones,… READ MORE >

- 68 days ago
50 Cent -- Your Superhero's an Impostor ... We'll Stop Him in Court! (UPDATE)

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Your Superhero's an Impostor ... We'll Stop Him in Court!

50 Cent's new superhero series might be dead before it even takes flight -- Starz is being threatened with a lawsuit if they don't shut down the production. JourStarr Publications fired off a… READ MORE >

- 82 days ago
50 Cent -- Gets Prison Letter from Drug Lord ... Make My Life a Movie (PHOTOS)

50 Cent
Gets Prison Letter from Drug Lord ... Make My Life a Movie

50 Cent just got tapped by infamous drug lord Big Meech -- considered hip-hop's Pablo Escobar -- to make a movie about his life, and 50's got prison letters to prove it. The rapper… READ MORE >

- 103 days ago
50 Cent & The Game -- No Need for Beefing ... When Ladies Are Stripping (VIDEO)

50 Cent & The Game
No Need for Beefing When Chicks Are Stripping

It's official now ... you know 50 Cent and The Game's feud is really squashed when they come together over strippers. The longtime rivals were kicking it Monday night at Ace of Diamonds in L.A.… READ MORE >

- 125 days ago
50 Cent -- I'm Taking Over for Harvey

50 Cent
I'm Taking Over For Harvey

50 Cent is running the show Monday night for TMZ ... stepping in for Harvey and dropping some knowledge about today's biggest stories. 50 didn't hold back about Malia Obama's dance fest… READ MORE >

- 125 days ago
50 Cent -- Good Luck Getting a Hit from Diddy! (VIDEO)

50 Cent
Good Luck Getting a Hit from Diddy!

50 Cent threw enough shade to keep Diddy cool for a few months when he begged a packed Scottsdale club to rattle off the Bad Boy honcho's last hit track. Let's just say there were a… READ MORE >

- 132 days ago

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