50 Cent, aka Curtis James Jackson III, was born July 6, 1975 in South Jamaica, Queens. His mother was murdered when he was 12 years old and he was forced to live with his grandparents. He turned to selling drugs shortly after and told his grandparents he was in an after-school program which they believed. 50 cent was a serious boxer and competed in the Junior Olympics in the mid 1980's.
His life became all about boxing and selling drugs. When he was in 10th grade, he was arrested for taking guns to school and he didn't learn his lesson there. In 1994, he was arrested for trying to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer. Three weeks later, he was arrested again after the police raided his home and found drugs and guns. He was sentenced to prison, but managed to serve only 6 months in a boot camp that changed his life. He then adopted the name 50 Cent, which he says means "for change."
50 Cent began his rapping career in 1996 when he was introduced to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC. Jay taught him everything he could but 50 Cent didn't get his big break until Eminem listened to a copy of one of his cds and flew him out to LA. 50 Cent signed a 1 million dollar record deal and his career took off from there. He is now a house hold name and continues to record and produce cds. He has one son, Marquise Jackson, whom he credits as an inspiration and motivator for his career.