Curtis Jackson 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 years old. As 50 cent was growing up, he originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but eventually he gained interest in rapping. DJs around the area released two Best of 50 Cent mix CDs, before he had gotten signed to a major label. 0 Cent hit the scene with “How To Rob An Industry Nigga” and he’s been on a rage ever since dealing with bootleggers, label back stabbing and other platinum selling artists trying to get at him physically. According to this website http://www. imdb. com/name/nm1265067/bio, 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. 0 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. ” Curtis Jackson recently announced the release of his new album ‘Curtis’ had been pushed back to September. The 31-year-old wrote on his official website: “I’m an international artist.
My fans worldwide deserve to receive my album at the same time as my fans here in the US. Taking that into consideration, moving the album to September was a necessary course of action. 50 cent hasn’t just made it big into the industry; he also made it 5th as richest rappers in 2009 accumulating $20 million. He is known for making platinum albums. 50 Cent’s resume includes his own record label, clothing line, and his involvement in video games and movies. One of 50 Cent’s major accomplishments is Vitamin Water drink, Formula 50 that Coca- Cola bought from him. ttp://www. singersroom. com/news/881/Hip-Hop-News-50-Cent-Making-Millions-on-Vitamin-Water-Sale-But-Not-400-million says that “the soft drinks giant has just paid a staggering $4. 1 billion to drinks company Glaceau, which 50 bought in as a shareholder in 2004. In exchange for his share in the company’s profits, Glaceau named a Vitamin Water drink, Formula 50, after the artist. The rapper – also known as Fiddy – personally endorsed the product. ” As a ten per cent shareholder in the beverage, 50 Cent will see his fortune rocket from the Coca-Cola deal.
The ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ star was profiled by finance magazine Forbes last year, after transforming his urban image into a multi-million dollar empire. “50 Cent also partnered with Mark Ecko Enterprises in the spring of 2003 to create a clothing line that was sold through Ecko Unlimited. Ecko and 50 severed their ties last year, but prior to the split, G-Unit Clothing was accounting for 15 percent of Ecko’s revenues. The line pulled in $75 million in 2006. With 50’s 8% royalty cut, that means that Mr.
Jackson made $6 million from selling hats, t-shirts and outerwear emblazoned with the “G-Unit” logo. ” This was stated in this website http://www. starpulse. com/news/index. php/2008/02/11/50_cent_s_g_unit_clothing_severs_ties_wi . Another one of 50 Cent’s releases was a ghostwritten memoir called From Pieces to Weight in 2005. According to Nielsen BookScan, it’s sold 73,000 copies in hardcover and 14,000 copies in paperback. At $23 for the hardcover edition and $13 for the paperback, that’s $1. million in hardcover sales and $182,000 in paperback sales or $1. 9 million total. His new book, The 50th Law, lays out the personal philosophy and self-confidence that reversed the fortune of his humble beginnings. 50 Cent also launched his acting career with his 2005 biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ but he’s yet to achieve the former on the big screen. Get Rich only grossed $46 million, failing to recoup its $40 million budget. 50 followed that up with the Samuel L. Jackson flick Home of the Brave, which made a whopping $499,620.
His most recent outing last year in the $60 million Righteous Kill, with Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, only banked $77 million. 50 cent is a true entrepreneur. He has ventured in rapping, creating his own clothing line, coming out with a book, landing a deal with Coca-Cola launching his own soft drink. 50 cent has even created a career in acting. Just when you think he has accomplished a goal in various fields, 50 cent seeks for another opportunity to make money. According to