Get Rich or Die Tryin is the debut studio album of American rapper 50 Cent, released February 4, 2003, on Aftermath Entertainment under a joint venture with Shady Records and distribution by Interscope Records. Its initially planned release was pushed seven days ahead due to heavy bootlegging and Internet leakage. The album featured production from Dr. Dre and Eminem, among others and featured guest appearances from Eminem and then-newcomers Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.
The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 872,000 copies in its first week. It spawned five singles, including the number 1-hits "In da Club", "21 Questions", "Wanksta", and the international single "P.I.M.P.". By December 2003, Get Rich or Die Tryin had sold six million copies in the United States and was certified sextuple platinum by the RIAA. Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from most music critics and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, losing to OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below at the 46th Grammy Awards.
In 2002, Eminem listened to a copy of Jackson's Guess Who's Back? mixtape album through Jackson's attorney, who was working with Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg.Ninja (December 2002). . Dubcnn. Accessed May 22, 2007 After being impressed with the mixtape, Eminem invited Jackson to Los Angeles where he was introduced to producer Dr. Dre.Touré (April 3, 2003). "". Rolling Stone. Accessed July 6, 2007. 50 Cent signed a one million record deal with Dr. Dre and released his next mixtape, No Mercy, No Fear. It featured the 8 Mile single, "Wanksta", which was later put on Get Rich or Die Tryin. Both Eminem and Dr. Dre had started working-productions on his debut album with addition help from producers Mike Elizondo, Sha Money XL and among others. The first single "In da Club" was the first of seven tracks he recorded in five days with Dr. Dre.
The next single "21 Questions" was not inlikes to be on the album to Dr. Dre, he stated that he did not want the song on the album. According to 50 Cent, "Dre was, like, 'How you goin' to be gangsta this and that and then put this sappy love song on?'"Allison Samuels, February 21, 2007. . MSNBC. Accessed July 7, 2007. 50 Cent responded saying, "I'm two people. I've always had to be two people since I was a kid, to get by. To me that's not diversity, it's necessity." "Back Down" and "Heat" were instrumentals originally composed by Rakim and Dr. Dre. They were both originally intended to be used on Rakim's debut Aftermath album, Oh My God, but due to creative differences was not released. Early pressings of Get Rich or Die Tryin included a limited edition bonus DVD.
The album's lead single, "In da Club", was certified platinum by the RIAA, becoming 50 Cents' first song to top the Billboard Hot 100 for nine and remained on the chart for twenty-two weeks.Martens, Todd (May 1, 2003). "". Billboard. Accessed July 5, 2003."". aCharts.us. Accessed July 5, 2007. The track also reached number one on the Top 40 Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Hot Rap Tracks charts."". Allmusic. Accessed July 5, 2007. The song reached number one in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland and the top five in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It received two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Song. This is considered to be one of the best rap songs of all time, introducing a new sound and rhythm to rap. It was listed at number 18 on VH1's "100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time".
Its third single, "21 Questions", became 50 Cent's second chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained four non-consecutive weeks. It spent seven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Outside the States, "21 Questions" reached number six in the United Kingdom. It was certified Gold by RIAA. The fourth single "P.I.M.P." was shipped with a remix featuring rapper Snoop Dogg and trio-group G-Unit. It was the third single that peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on "Hot Rap Tracks", becoming the third single from the album to peak in the top then on the "Hot 100" chart. It also reached number one in Canada. It was certified Gold by RIAA. The album's final single, "If I Can't", peaked at number seventy-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and thirty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
Get Rich or Die Tryin debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 872,000 copies in its first week.Holloway, Lynette. . The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-27. On December 9, 2003, the album was certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of six million copies.. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2009-12-27. It was among the best selling albums of the decade, selling 12 million copies by the end of the year.Candace Anderson (September 17, 2007). . TheCurrentOnline. Retrieved July 18, 2008.Byrnes, Paul (January 18, 2006). . The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved April 13, 2008. It remains as 50 Cent's best-selling album to date, with sales of over 8,000,000 copies in the United States making it the Fourth highest selling rap album of all-time in the U.S. In Russia, the album was certified 5x platinum, selling 120,000 copies. The album has sold 15 million copies worldwide.
Perceived as a classic upon its release,Ex, Kris. . The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-12-27. Get Rich or Die Tryin has been called the most hyped rap debut in over a decade. Allmusic writer Jason Birchmeier called the album impressive and incredibly calculated in their positive four star review. Rolling Stones Christian Hoard commended 50 Cent's undeniable showcase of skill, radio-ready tracks, and marketable thug persona in addition to the album's production for its dark synth grooves, buzzy keyboards, and persistently funky bounce. Brett Berliner of Stylus Magazine gave Get Rich or Die Tryin a B rating and commended 50 Cent for his variety as a rapper.Berliner, Brett. . Stylus Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-12-27. It is one of only 19 rap albums to receive a perfect rating from XXL magazine. The album has an average rating of 73/100 from Metacritic, based on 19 critic reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews. "In da Club" earned the number-one spot on Billboard 2003's single and album of the year, the first since Ace of Base had both in the same year. Album cut "Back Down" was listed on XXL's list of the greatest diss tracks of all time.
In December 2009, Billboard magazine ranked Get Rich or Die Tryin at number 12 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade.
Credits for Get Rich or Die Tryin adapted from Allmusic.. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
* 50 Cent – executive producer
* Justin Bendo – engineer
* Sean Blaze – producer, engineer
* Darrell Branch – producer
* Tom Coster – keyboards
* Terence Dudley – producer
* Mike Elizondo – bass, guitar, keyboards, producer
* Eminem – producer, executive producer, mixing
* Ron Feemster – Fender Rhodes
* John "J. Praize" Freeman – producer
* Marcus Heisser – A&R
* Steven King – producer, mixing
* Tracy McNew – A&R
* Megahertz – producer
* Red Spyda – producer
* Luis Resto – keyboards
* Ruben Rivera – keyboards, assistant engineer
* Rockwilder – producer
* Tom Rounds – engineer
* Sha Money XL – producer, engineer, executive producer
* Tracie Spencer – vocals
* Rob Tewlow – producer
* Patrick Viala – engineer
* Sacha Waldman – photography
* Ted Wohlsen – engineer
* Carlisle Young – engineer, digital editing
Charts and certifications
Chart procession and succession
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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.Campion, Chris (August 21, 2005). . The Observer. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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 Rule, 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 sixth best artist of the 2000–2009 decade by Billboard magazine. The magazine also ranked him as the fourth top male artist and as the third top rapper behind Eminem and Nelly.http Billboard magazine also ranked him as the sixth best and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000–2009 decadehttp and as the number one rap artist of the 2000–2009 decade.http Billboard ranked his album Get Rich or Die Tryin' as the twelfth best album of the 2000–2009 decadehttp and his album The Massacre as the 37th best album of the 2000–2009 decade.http
Life and music career
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.Touré (April 3, 2003). . Rolling Stone. Accessed May 22, 2007. Samuels, Allison (February 21, 2007). . MSNBC. Accessed May 22, 2007. After her death, Jackson moved into his grandparents' house with his eight aunts and uncles. Otto, Jeff (September 6, 2005). . IGN. Accessed May 22, 2007.Reid, Shaheem (November 7, 2005). . MTV. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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".Reid, Shaheem (February 12, 2003). . MTV. Accessed May 22, 2007.
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.Weiner, Jonah (August 2007). . Blender. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 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".Reid, Shaheem (February 25, 2005). . MTV. Accessed May 22, 2007. At the age of twelve, Jackson began dealing narcotics when his grandparents thought he was at after-school programs.. Female First (February 1, 2006). Accessed May 21, 2008. 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 , '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.. The Smoking Gun (February 27, 2003). Accessed May 22, 2007.Dave (November 2, 2003). . Rap News Network. Accessed May 22, 2007. He adopted the nickname "50 Cent" as a metaphor for "change".. AOL Music (August 1, 2003). Accessed May 22, 2007. 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".Boots, Tone (August 3, 2005). . Stuff. Accessed May 22, 2007.
1996–2000: Early career
Jackson started rapping in a friend's basement where he used turntables to record over instrumentals."La Méthode Cauet" (2006). TF1. 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.Youngs, Ian (December 23, 2002). . BBC News. Retrieved August 16, 2007.Tarek, Shams (May 16, 2003). . Queens Press. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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.. 50cent.com. Accessed May 22, 2007. He also started the now-defunct Hollow Point Entertainment with former G-Unit affiliate Bang 'Em Smurf.Chery, Carl (May 18, 2004). . SOHH. Retrieved June 5, 2007. Williams, Houston (February 2004). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007.
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.50 Cent. . MTV. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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.Ninja (December 2002). . Dubcnn. Accessed May 22, 2007.
On May 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.Tyrangirl, Josh (February 17, 2003). . Time. Accessed May 22, 2007. The face wound resulted in a swollen tongue, the loss of a wisdom tooth, and a small slur in his voice.Get Rich or Die Tryin': The Movie (2003) (bonus documentary DVD). Interscope Records. 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.Chery, Carl (October 24, 2005). . SOHH. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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.Jenkins, Sacha (July 9, 2007). . XXL. Retrieved July 31, 2007.
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.Mace, Francis (September 6, 2005). . The Smoking Gun. Accessed May 22, 2007.Weiner, Jonah (April 2005). . Blender. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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 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".Birchmeier, Jason. . Allmusic. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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".Hoard, Christian (March 6, 2003). . Rolling Stone. Accessed May 22, 2007. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 872,000 copies in the first four days.Gundersen, Edna (September 3, 2005). . USA Today. Accessed May 22, 2007. The lead single, "In da Club", which The Source noted for its "blaring horns, funky organs, guitar riffs and sparse hand claps",Rosario, Boo (March 2003). "Record Report". The Source, p. 192. broke a Billboard record as the most listened-to song in radio history within a week.. Rock on the Net. Accessed May 22, 2007.
50 Cent at Globen Stockholm4.jpgthumbleft50 Cent at a show in Stockholm, June 2009
Interscope granted Jackson his own label, G-Unit Records in 2003.Winston, Dallas (April 9, 2003). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 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.Whitmire, Margo (April 15, 2005). . Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2007. 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".Montgomery, James (March 9, 2005). . MTV. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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".Brackett, Nathan (March 10, 2005). . Rolling Stone. Accessed May 22, 2007.
GUnitBKK.JPGrightthumbFrom left: With Olivia, Lloyd Banks, and Young Buck in Bangkok, Thailand, February 2006
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.Reid, Shaheem (September 2, 2005). . MTV. Accessed May 31, 2007.Chery, Carl (May 27, 2005). . SOHH. Retrieved June 22, 2007. 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.Black, Bea (February 8, 2006). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 22, 2007. In September 2007, he released his third album Curtis, which was inspired by his life before Get Rich or Die Tryin.Reid, Shaheem (April 27, 2007). . MTV. Retrieved October 4, 2007. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 691,000 units in the first week,Mayfield, Geoff (September 18, 2007). . Billboard. Retrieved October 4, 2007. 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 the song.
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 Dre.
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."
50 Cent says that fans can expect Black Magic in the Summer of 2011. " should look forward to the actual album this summer, so I have to release something soon," he said about when to expect the first single. "I'm not sure if I'll make a full mixtape . That's what I was doing when I was making collaborations with new artists: I was working with artists that wouldn't exactly be my equal because they don't have a successful track record. But at some point you have to make the decision to just be an artist and work because you enjoy the music and you think it's a good idea, as opposed to it being someone of your caliber." 50 Cent has already confirmed that Eminem will appear on the album, but he also confirmed that he has been working with new producers such as Boi-1da and Alex da Kid.
Hit-Boy told MTV, ""He's taking it back to the old 50. He had some new records that were some different-sounding stuff too. I'm excited to see how people react to it, and hopefully we end up with some stuff on the album. I gave him some stuff he really loved. It's really a blend of the old 50 mixing with the new stuff that he's doing. It's crazy."
During an interview with DDotOmen and Cardiak, who produced Lloyd Banks “Start It Up”, was asked about producing music for 50 Cent’s upcoming album, which he replied "I actually have a joint on his next project called 'Outlaw', It’s crazy!"http
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.. Reebok (November 13, 2003). Accessed May 22, 2007. Leeds, Jeff (December 26, 2004). . The New York Times. Retrieved June 9, 2007. 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.Totilo, Stephen (March 26, 2008). . MTV. Retrieved March 27, 2008. 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.Goldman, Lea (September 30, 2007). . Forbes. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 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,. Kyte (January 10, 2008). Retrieved January 13, 2008. in which he planned to donate part of the proceeds to HIV awareness.Mirchandani, Raakhee (January 5, 2007). . New York Post. Accessed May 22, 2007. Jackson has signed a multi-year deal with Steiner Sports to sell his memorabilia.Black Widow (May 4, 2008). . SixShot. Retrieved July 15, 2008.
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.Topel, Fred (December 12, 2006). . Crave Online. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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.Brevet, Brad (December 11, 2006). . Rope of Silicon. Accessed May 22, 2007. He also started the film production companies G-Unit Films in 2007 and Cheetah Vision in 2008.Rock Steady Eddy (January 22, 2008). . Woohah. Retrieved February 18, 2008. . MTV (March 23, 2007). Accessed May 22, 2007. In August 2007, Jackson announced plans to launch a dietary supplement company in conjunction with his movie Spectacular Regret.Jokesta (August 21, 2007). . Def Sounds. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
Val Kilmer and 50 Cent.jpgthumb50 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.Strong, Nolan (January 2, 2007). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 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.Richburg, Chris (February 6, 2007). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 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 in funding.
On October 13, 1997, Jackson's then-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins gave birth to a son, Marquise Jackson.B96jobo (September 6, 2007). . YouTube. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 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." Yahoo News, February 5, 2009
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."Williams, Kam. . AALBC. Accessed May 22, 2007. He credited his son for inspiring his career and being "motivation to go in a different direction".. I Like Music (2005). Accessed May 22, 2007.
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.Tannenbaum, Rob (April 2004). "Playboy Interview: 50 Cent". Playboy, p. 140.. Langfield Entertainment (May 1, 2005). Retrieved June 23, 2007.
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.Lynskey, Dorian (January 20, 2006). . The Guardian. Accessed May 22, 2007. If his felony convictions did not prevent him from voting, he claimed he would have voted for Bush.. MTV (November 23, 2005). Accessed May 22, 2007. He later stated that Bush "has less compassion than the average human. By all means, I don't aspire to be like George Bush."Williams, Ben (July 23, 2007). . New York. Retrieved August 1, 2007.
In 2007, Forbes recognized Jackson for his wealth, placing him second behind Jay-Z in the rap industry.Goldman, Lea (August 16, 2007). . Forbes. Retrieved August 20, 2007. He resides in Farmington, Connecticut, in the former mansion of ex-boxer Mike Tyson.Bernard, Sarah (August 22, 2005). . New York. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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.Keil, Braden (May 4, 2007). . New York Post. Accessed May 27, 2007. 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.. MTV (October 16, 2007. Retrieved October 28, 2007. 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.Chicago Tribune (May 31, 2008). . Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 13, 2007.
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 economic downturn.. HipHopDX.com. Retrieved December 1, 2008.
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 permission.
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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 project).
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 Beats."
"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 Turn."
"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.. MTV (November 3, 2003). Retrieved June 4, 2007. 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.Smith, Dominic (July 2005). . FHM. Retrieved July 11, 2007. Rapper Black Child claimed responsibility for the stabbing, saying he acted in self-defense because he thought someone reached for a gun.Reid, Shaheem (April 25, 2003). . MTV. Retrieved June 5, 2007.
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 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 publicity stunt.
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 2005.
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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.Reid, Shaheem (February 22, 2005). . MTV. Accessed May 23, 2007. 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".Reid, Shaheem (March 10, 2005). . MTV. Accessed May 23, 2007. 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"Reid, Shaheem (August 4, 2005). . MTV. Accessed May 23, 2007. Kelis, Nas's wife, responded to the song on her single "Bossy". 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 Lights".
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.Reid, Shaheem (September 6, 2005). . MTV. Retrieved June 4, 2007. The feud was resolved, with both rappers appearing on MTV's TRL and Sucker Free, respectively, stating that there were no longer problems.Strong, Nolan; Jeffries, Alexis (September 7, 2006). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 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.Sanneh, Kelefa (February 27, 2007). . The New York Times. Accessed May 22, 2007. 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".Petipas, Jolene (February 9, 2007). . SOHH. Accessed May 25, 2007. Jackson responded by releasing "Hold On" with Young Buck.
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.Reid, Shaheem (March 1, 2005). . MTV. Accessed May 25, 2007.
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.Reid, Shaheem (February 28, 2005). . MTV. Retrieved June 2, 2007.Hope, Clover (March 2, 2005). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007. When the situation escalated, both rappers held a press conference to announce their reconciliation.Fresh, Remmie (March 9, 2005). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007. Fans had mixed feelings as to whether the rappers created a publicity stunt to boost the sales of the albums they had just released.Rodriguez, Jayson (March 1, 2005). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007. Nevertheless, even after the situation deflated,Williams, Houston (May 9, 2005). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 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".Rodriguez, Jason (June 6, 2005). . AllHipHop. Retrieved July 20, 2007.
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.Reid, Shaheem (July 10, 2006). . MTV. Retrieved June 15, 2007. 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).Petipas, Jolene (August 1, 2006). . SOHH. Retrieved June 9, 2007. 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.Chery, Carl (February 3, 2006). , SOHH. Retrieved July 23, 2007. 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.Fresh, Remmie (September 30, 2006). , Allhiphop. Retrieved June 23, 2007. However, a couple days later, on Power 106, he stated that the treaty was only offered for one day.Audio of the conversation on Power 106 URL . The Black Wall Street. Retrieved October 11, 2006. 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, Hip-Hop DX. and he apologized for his actions during the beef. Hip-Hop DX. Tony Yayo said that neither Jackson or G-Unit would accept his apology. MTV News. 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. All Hip-Hop. 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 hours.
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.. HipHopDX.com. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 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 Jackson's career.
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".. HipHopDX.com. Retrieved August 17, 2007. Wayne never really responded to the song, although a 50 Cent diss track called "Louisianimal" did leak much later on November 17, 2008.. HipHopDX.com. Retrieved November 27, 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.Aliya Ewing (April 7, 2008) HipHopDX. Retrieved January 19, 2009. Numerous slander songs then arose on the internet from both camps, with Young Buck appearing in a music video of former rival The Game.(July 25, 2008) . Retrieved January 19, 2009. MTV. Retrieved August 16, 2008. 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.Black Widow (June 19, 2008) SixShot. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 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.Shaheem Reid (October 21, 2008) MTV.com Accessed January 19, 2009.
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.. CBC (July 21, 2007). Retrieved July 23, 2007.. Fox News (July 20, 2007). Retrieved July 27, 2007.
* Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)
* The Massacre (2005)
* Curtis (2007)
* Before I Self Destruct (2009)
* Black Magic (2011)
Awards and nominations
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