Curtis James Jackson III is an American rapper, actor, and entrepreneur best known by his stage name 50 Cent. He has been dubbed a “master of the delicate art of lyrical brevity” for his influence in the hip hop business.
Jackson, who was born in Queens’ South Jamaica community, began selling drugs at the age of 12 during the 1980s crack epidemic. He eventually pursued a musical career, producing Columbia Records’ Power of the Dollar in 2000, but he was shot days before the album’s scheduled release, and the album was never published. After releasing the mixtape Guess Who’s Back? in 2002, Eminem discovered 50 Cent and signed him to Shady Records, which is owned by Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.
50 Cent became one of the world’s best-selling rappers and rose to popularity as the de facto head of East Coast hip hop group G-Unit with the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre (who produced his first major-label album Get Rich or Die Tryin’). He formed G-Unit Records in 2003, and signed his G-Unit associates Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo to it.
With his second album, The Massacre, released in 2005, 50 Cent experienced similar commercial and critical success. By his fifth album, Animal Ambition (2014), he has changed his musical direction, and he is presently working on his sixth studio album. He created, executive produced, and starred in the television series Power (2014–2020), and he is set to produce its spin-offs.
50 Cent has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has received numerous prizes, including a Grammy, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and four BET Awards.
Jackson made appearances in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Trying (2005), the military picture Home of the Brave (2006), and the crime thriller film Righteous Kill (2007) as an actor (2008). Billboard recognized 50 Cent as the sixth best musician of the 2000s and the third best rapper (after Eminem and Nelly).
Get Rich or Die Trying and “In da Club” were named 37 and 13 on Rolling Stone’s lists of the “100 Best Albums of the 2000s” and “100 Best Songs of the 2000s,” respectively.
50 cent’s Children
50 Cent’s Children are Marquise Jackson, and Sire Jackson.
On October 13, 1996, Jackson’s girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, gave birth to son Marquise Jackson. Tompkins later sued Jackson for $50 million, saying he promised to take care of her for life. The suit, with 15 causes of action, was dismissed by a judge who called it “an unfortunate tale of a love relationship gone sour.” The two have bickered for years, and have even taken their feud to social media many times.
Marquise’s birth 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”. He credited his son for inspiring his career and being the “motivation to go in a different direction”.
Despite this, the two have endured a fractured relationship that began when Jackson and Tompkins separated in 2008.
Their feud has been taken to social media numerous times, including in 2020 when Jackson disclosed that he “used to” love his son.
Jackson has a tattooed “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”), and has “50”, “Southside” and “Cold World” on his back: “I’m a product of that environment. It’s on my back, though, so it’s all behind me”.
Jackson dated model Daphne Joy and had his second son, Sire Jackson, with her, on September 1, 2012.
At the age of two years, Sire modeled for Kidz Safe, a headphone brand for kids, earning $700,000 through his contract.
50 Cent’s son, Marquise is a rapper and actor like his dad.