Happy Birthday 50 Cent!
Curtis Jackson is one of the most influential forces today. From music to movies to successful business ventures, 50 has stayed on top since he made his entrance at the end of the millennium.
In 2002, 50 was discovered by Eminem and signed to Shady Records, under Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.
Dr. Dre produced his first major-label album Get Rich or Die Tryin' and 50 became one of the world's best selling rappers as the leader of G-Unit. In 2003, he founded G-Unit Records, signing Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.
He gained commercial and critical success with his second album, The Massacre, in 2005 and is currenly working on his sixth album, Street King Immortal.
He executive-produced and starred in the television series Power which ran from 2014–2020 and is slated to produce its spin-offs.
50 has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards.
As an actor, he appeared in the hit film Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005), the war film Home of the Brave (2006), and the crime thriller film Righteous Kill (2008).
50's Get Rich or Die Tryin' and "In da Club" in its lists of the "100 Best Albums of the 2000s" and "100 Best Songs of the 2000s" .