He made an incredible journey from the slums of New York, where he sold illegal substances, survived an assassination attempt, dealt with all the troubles and became one of the most influential musicians. We tell you what he does and what the birthday boy looks like today
Got tattoos, but then decided to remove them
Like many other rappers, 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) loved to decorate his body early in his career. He has several dozen tattoos, which are filled with symbols and dates that are memorable for the artist.
However, at the end of the 2000s, the artist began to get rid of his tattoos using a special laser correction procedure. According to him, some of the tattoos, especially those that were on his hands, interfered with his shooting.
“I had to do it because they make the filming process very difficult. Imagine if the shooting starts at six in the morning, I came to the set at three in the morning so that the make-up artists had time to hide the tattoos that were not suitable for this role. So I just brought them together on my hand. On the right hand, ”Jackson said.
He also added that removing tattoos was much more painful than filling.
Learned about the existence of a third son when he was 10 years old
50 Cent is the father of at least three sons from different women. He has a 19-year-old son, Mark, who was born to the artist by his former lover Shanica Tompkins and 7-year-old Saira, whose mother was model Daphne Joy.
In 2016, Curtis Jackson introduced his third son, Davian, to the public, who at that time was already 10 years old. The artist did not name his mother and he himself admitted that the appearance of the third offspring, especially already an adult, was a surprise for him. But he added that he would do everything possible to make Davian a good place in life.
Got bankrupt, but quickly resolved problems
In the summer of 2015, 50 Cent filed a bankruptcy lawsuit. From the documents that Jackson filed with the court, it became known about his debts in the amount of $ 36 million.
However, later, Jackson’s financial affairs were in order. Already in 2017, he paid off all debts. The court removed his bankruptcy status. At the same time it became known that 50 Cent earned about $ 8 million for the album “Animal Ambition”, released in 2014. The disc could be purchased for bitcoins – in the year the record was released, the rapper received an amount in bitcoins equal to “only” 400 thousand dollars. However, he was in no hurry to convert cryptocurrency into real money. Over the years, its rate has grown significantly, and now Jackson’s earnings in bitcoins are equivalent to 7.5-8 million dollars.
Debuted in cinema
The artist began acting in films at the beginning of the 2000s and gradually received more and more significant roles. He has shot with Robert De Niro (Freelancers), Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw) and Bruce Willis (Set Up).
In 2014, 50 Cent served as an executive producer, actor and director for several episodes of “Power”.
The artist is also the owner of a production agency. In an interview with Larry King in 2018, Jackson admitted that in the coming years he will act as a producer and actor in at least two more series. “All Hollywood will be mine!” – he said.
Got a star on the Walk of Fame
On January 30, 2020, the 50 Cent star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The opening ceremony was attended by fellow artist Eminem and Dr. Dre.
“We knew from the beginning that you were a star. And now Hollywood has admitted it too! ” – said Eminem.
In response, 50 Cent said that the day before he was pretty nervous, but worried not for himself, but for friends who do not have such a star yet. Curtis Jackson became the ninth hip-hop artist to receive a star. Prior to him, the group Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Pharrell Williams received it.
Writes books – including children’s books
In 2020, 50 Cent released his biography and reflections on business – a book called “Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter”.
“A lot has happened in recent years. I have gained experience in the music industry and in many others. I realized that it was time to share this experience, ”said the rapper in an interview.
Interestingly, this book is not the first in the artist’s literary biography. He has previously released his autobiography, a fitness guide on how to keep fit, and a children’s book. This is about the book “Playground”, released in the United States in 2012: in it, the artist told the story of a teenager who becomes a bully – very similar to his own.
Loves MMA and boxing. Looks like an athlete himself
Curtis Jackson is a frequent guest of fighting fights and tournaments according to the rules of MMA. In 2018, he even partnered with Bellator, the second largest promotions in the mixed martial arts world after the UFC. One of the points of this contract was a special cash prize from 50 Cent to the winner of the grand prix middleweight – the artist added $ 1 million to the prize pool.
At the same time, Jackson acted as a participant in the famous conflict between the Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov and the Irishman Conor McGregor. He suggested that Khabib move to Bellator “today” because he is not appreciated and “offended” in the UFC. 50 Cent promised the Russian fighter to pay extra $ 2 million for this transition.
45-year-old Jackson’s own physical form is also pretty good. And all thanks to sports. He does boxing and fitness 5-6 days a week. According to him, this is required of him by filming a movie, where he must look his best.