The legendary resume of the Detroit MC Eminem became even more esteemed in 2002 when he stumbled upon the breakout mixtape, "Guess Who's Back" of the aspiring Queens, New York native MC known as, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Eminem would be so impressed with 50's musical output that he would invite him back to LA to meet up with the legendary Compton native producer Dr. Dre to sign a record label deal worth $1 million dollars.
Before 50 would ever be blessed to be the protege of two Hip-Hop legends, he would first have to put in the groundwork in signing many shady record deals that were merely his chance to work and truly hone his MC skills as an artist and songwriter respectively. This would include studying under the tutelage of the legendary MC, "Jam Master Jay" of "Run DMC" who would teach 50 how to count bars, write verses and how to properly structure and cultivate a record. After his rap debut on, "Onyx's" "React" track, Jackson would team up with Jam Master Jay to record a string of songs that was intended to be released as 50's first project but 50 would end up parting ways with Jay before doing so. In 1999, 50 would end up signing a record deal with Colombia Records via the producer team, "The Trackmasters". By 2000, 50 would release the album, "Power of the Dollar" that bolstered 50's breakout single that would land him plenty of healthy buzz and on tour through the gritty song, "How To Rob".
Just three years after 50 Cent survived the infamous incident of getting shot nine times in his childhood neighborhood, he would be signed to Aftermath and Shady Records courtesy of Dr. Dre and Eminem. Within nearly a year after being signed in 2002, 50 Cent would release his classic debut album, "Get Rich or Die Trying" that would become the best-selling album of 2003 by selling over 800,000 units in the first week of its release. By the end of 2003, 50's debut would sell approximately twelve million copies worldwide and would instantly catapult his career into the stratosphere and Hip-Hop superstardom alike. The album showcases and illuminates 50's superb songwriting and MC skills perfectly paired with the executive production magic of the superproducer Dr. Dre. The album carried hit singles such as, "In Da Club" (which was executively produced by Dr. Dre and also showcases DJ Quik's impeccable drum sounds by providing Dre with the classic Drum Kit for the hit song), "Many Men", "21 Questions", "P.I.M.P" and "Wanksta".
After forming his own record label, "G-Unit Records" in 2003, he would sign his G-Unit group mates and MC's, "Lloyd Banks", "Tony Yayo" and "Young Buck". Then eventually the Compton MC, "The Game" would sign onto the group as Joint Venture deal with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Two years following the releases of his debut album, 50 Cent would release his sophomore effort in, "The Massacre" that would sell over one million copies in just four days. The album bolstered the hit singles, "How We Do", "Disco Inferno" and "Candy Shop" that all debuted on Billboards Top 200 Chart. After The Game left the G-Unit Collective, the success of G-Unit as a group would never be as successful and to the streets, 50's musical career would never have the same impact after the diss G-Unot launched by The Game via the conflict between each other. Since 2005, 50 Cent has released three additional albums in, "Curtis", "Before I Self-Destruct" and "Animal Ambition" that would cumulatively sell over 4 million copies.
Through his business ventures with Vitamin Water, his film companies and FRIGO (a luxury underwear brand), 50 Cent has been able to raise his net worth to approximately $150 million dollars and continues to expand his talents into acting in movies and TV shows.
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