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CURTIS "50 CENT” JACKSON (Marcus) makes his motion picture debut in "Get Rich or Die Tryin'.” 50 Cent is a multi-platinum recording artist whose controversial lyrics and life have sparked debate ever since he burst on the scene in 2003 with his landmark "Get Rich or Die Tryin'.” The album soared to the top of the Billboard album charts, was the largest debut in Soundscan history, and has since gone on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide. "Get Rich or Die Tryin”' garnered 50 Cent numerous awards and accolades, including Best Artist at the World Music Awards, Best Male Rap Artist at the American Music Awards, and an ASCAP Award for Rhythm and Soul Songwriter of the year, among many others. That same year, he also received three Grammy nominations including Best New Artist, Best male Rap Solo Performance and

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. With his 2005 follow up, "The Massacre,” 50 Cent became the first artist to have four songs in the top ten of Billboard's Hot 100 since The Beatles in 1964. The album became the largest album seller in a short week selling 1.1 million albums in 4 days, held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for 9 weeks and is already one of the top-selling albums of the year with over 4 million sold to date.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, 50 Cent lost those closest to him at an early age. Raised without a father, his mother died before he hit his teens. The orphaned youth was taken in by his grandparents, but his desire for things took him to the street where he amassed a small fortune and a lengthy rap sheet. The birth of a son put things in perspective, and 50 began to pursue rap seriously. He signed with JMJ, the label of Run DMC's late great Jam Master Jay and began learning his craft.

In 1999, the platinum hitmakers Trackmasters took notice of 50 and signed him to Columbia Records. In just two weeks he turned out 36 songs, which resulted in "Power of A Dollar,” an unreleased masterpiece that hip-hop critics judged a classic. In April, 2000, 50 Cent was shot 9 times, including a 9mm bullet to his face, in front of his Grandmother's house in Queens. He spent the next few months in recovery while Columbia dropped him from the label. With the help of his business partner and friend, Sha Money XL, 50 landed on his feet and released a series of G-Unit mix tapes that created a buzz on the street. The CD got the attention of bitter rival MCs and more importantly, Eminem, who along with Dr. Dre, signed the rapper to a $1 million record deal under their Shady/Aftermath imprint.

Ever the businessman, 50 Cent set up his own label with longtime partner Sha Money XL and presented his infamous G-Unit clique with the 2004 quadruple platinum "Beg For Mercy.” 50 oversaw the solo endeavors of Lloyd Banks ("The Hunger For More”) and Young Buck ("Straight Outta Cashville”) further expanding G-Unit's agenda. More recently, he teamed with Dr. Dre for the Aftermath/G-Unit joint release of West Coast rapper The Game.


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