During the next two years, 50 Cent returned to the rap underground where he began. On May 24, 2000, just before Columbia was set to release Power of the Dollar, an assassin attempted to take 50 Cent's life on 161st Street in Jamaica, Queens near where Jam Master Jay would later be fatally shot two and half years later , shooting him nine times with a 9mm pistol while the rapper sat helpless in the passenger seat of a car. He brings his skills and talent to the show to find the next big entrepreneur and he's determined not to just hand it over without a lot of sweat and hard work. He reveled in his oft-told past, he called out wannabe gangstas, and he made headlines. Though he would later struggle with the nature of his fame as well as market expectations, 50 Cent endured substantial obstacles throughout his young yet remarkably dramatic life before becoming the most discussed figure in rap, if not pop music in general, circa 2003. Some of them featured 50 Cent and his G-Unit companions rapping over popular beats, others mocked popular rappers namely Ja Rule, who quickly became an arch-rival , and a few discussed his shooting.
He helped his G-Unit crew grow into a successful franchise, spawning platinum-selling solo albums for his group members, lucrative licensing deals for the brand name, and sell-out arena tours to promote the franchise internationally. In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo. However, his old associates won't let him go so easily. Trackmasters signed the rapper to their Columbia sublabel and began work on his debut album, Power of the Dollar. By the time of his third album Curtis, 2007 , however, 50 Cent faced a formidable backlash, particularly among hip-hop purists, who were displeased by his turn toward crossover pop-rap and thus away from street-level credibility. When he reunites with an old love Joy Bryant and is later shot numerous times during a robbery, Marcus decides it's time to change his life. Following an unsuccessful late-'90s run at mainstream success foiled by an attempt on his life in 2000 and a successful run on the New York mixtape circuit driven by his early-2000s bout with Ja Rule , Eminem signed 50 Cent to a seven-figure contract in 2002 and helmed his quick rise toward crossover success in 2003.
As these singles were riding high on the charts, however, 50 Cent and the Game were feuding, and the latter was acrimoniously booted out of G-Unit. Born in South Jamaica, Queens, Jackson began drug dealing at the age of twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. However, his old associates won't let him go so easily. Billboard magazine also ranked him as the sixth best and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000—2009 decade and as the number one rap artist of the 2000—2009 decade. . After releasing his album Guess Who's Back? It's about hungry and determined entrepreneurs who need a plan and direction to become a huge success. His break came in 1996 when he met Run-D.
In 2012 he left the label over creative differences, taking an unreleased album, Street King Immortal, with him. Before Get Rich dropped, though, Eminem debuted 50 Cent on the 8 Mile soundtrack. Most notably, he was tied to Jam Master Jay's shooting in October 2002, the F. He even looked like the ideal East Coast hardcore rapper: big-framed with oft-showcased biceps, abs, and tattoos as well as his trademark bulletproof vest, pistol, and iced crucifix. A bidding war ensued, driving up the signing price into the million-plus figures in the process and slowly moving the rapper into the up-and-coming spotlight once again as word spread.
Although Marcus makes good money selling, his dream is to become a rapper. He starts working for drug dealer Levar Bill Duke and his assistant Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. His hustler mother passed away when he was only eight, and his father departed soon after, leaving his grandmother to parent him. One shot pierced his cheek, another his hand, and the seven others his legs and thighs, yet he survived, barely. The product of a broken home in the rough Jamaica neighborhood of Queens and, in turn, the storied hood's hustling streets themselves, 50 Cent lived everything most rappers write rhymes about but not all actually experience: drugs, crimes, imprisonments, stabbings, and most infamously of all, shootings.
Billboard ranked his album Get Rich or Die Tryin' as the twelfth best album of the 2000—2009 decade and his album The Massacre as the 37th best album of the 2000—2009 decade. In the end, there is only one winner who is chosen by 50 Cent. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2003 and The Massacre 2005. This willingness to rap openly and brashly and the attention it attracted came back to haunt him, however. Days after the release of Animal Ambition, the premier episode of the crime drama Power -- produced by and starring 50 Cent -- made its television debut.
He began selling drugs early on and even got shot 9 times, but started a career in rap and never looked back. This constant mixtape presence throughout 2000-2002 garnered industry attention as well as street esteem, particularly when Eminem declared on a radio show his admiration for 50 Cent. With the help of Eminem and Dr. He is currently working on his fifth studio album, Black Magic, which currently has no official release date but is expected to be released later in 2011. But all-importantly, 50 Cent may have fit the mold of a prototypical hardcore rapper, but he could also craft a catchy hook. When he reunites with an old love Joy Bryant and is later shot numerous times during a robbery, Marcus decides it's time to change his life. By the time Get Rich finally hit the streets on February 6, 2003, 50 Cent had become the most discussed figure in the music industry, and bootlegged or not, his initial sales figures reflected this a record-breaking 872,000 units moved in five days, the best-selling debut album since SoundScan started its tracking system in May 1991 , as did his omnipresence in the media.
As a result, his music crossed over to the pop market, appealing to both those who liked his roughneck posturing and rags-to-riches story as well as those who liked his knack for churning out naughty singalong club tracks. Shortly afterward came his most storied incident. It's around this point in time that he traded crime for hip-hop. The magazine also ranked him as the fourth top male artist and as the third top rapper behind Eminem and Nelly. Audiences all over the world will be trying to determine who this rap mogul will pick for the winning prize. During the successive months, 50 Cent worked closely with Eminem and Dre, who were both credited as executive produced on his upcoming debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin', each of them producing a few tracks for the highly awaited album.