Born Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent was discovered by rap sensation Eminem in 2002 after releasing his compilation album Guess Who’s Back? and was subsequently signed. With the help of Eminem and rapper/producer Dr. Dre, he released his debut studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003. The album was an instant success, debuting at the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Its lead single “In da Club” set a Billboard record for the most listened to song in radio history within a week. Following the albums success, Jackson began his own record label, G-Unit Records, in 2003. He went on to sign artists including Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and The Game.
The Massacre, his second album, was released in 2005 and debuted at the number one spot, remaining there for six straight weeks. Jackson became the first solo artist to have three singles in the Billboard top five in the same week with “Candy Shop, “Disco Inferno,” and “How We Do.” He has released three studio albums since, including Curtis (2007), Before I Self Destruct (2009), and Animal Ambition (2014). His highly anticipated sixth album, Street King Immortal, has yet to be released. Jackson has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), Home of the Brave (2006) and Righteous Kill (2008). He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide throughout his career and won several awards including a Grammy Award and 13 Billboard Music Awards.