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Rising to super stardom with his 2003 debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent is a living example of the fact that hip-hop is as much a lifestyle as it is a type of music. He was one of the biggest stars of hip-hop produced in the 2000s and is widely regarded as the protégé of Dr. Dre and Eminem. With his debut album, the nine times platinum Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent shot to international fame in a short amount of time. And has since then, never looked back.
The rapper and hip-hop star recently confirmed that he will be heading to Australia in 2018 for the 15th anniversary tour, in honor of his super hit debut album. 50 Cent tickets for this tour are now available. For fans that cannot make it to catch the star in Australia, keep checking for updates regarding the latest shows being performed in the US – so you don’t miss out on anything!
Early Music of 50 Cent
Born in Queens, New York City, in 1975 as Curtis James Jackson III, 50 Cent had a troubled childhood, with drug dealing and possession of weapons, along with serving six months in jail. In 1996, his friend introduced him to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, who at that time was establishing his own record company. This is where 50 Cent learned the basics of music making, including how to write choruses, make records and structure songs. After recording an unreleased album with this label, 50 Cent eventually parted ways with it and went on to sign up with Columbia Records. He then moved to New York and began writing songs that were included on his album, Power of the Dollar.
However, it was his song “How to Rob” about how he would rob various big names in the industry that got him noticed by the big rappers.
50 Cent’s Rise to Fame
In 2002, Eminem, impressed by 50 Cent’s Guess Who’s Back? CD, asked the singer to come to Los Angeles and meet with Dr. Dre. Soon after that, the rising star was given a $1 million record deal, followed by the release of No Mercy, No Fear.
50 Cent’s mainstream success came with the release of his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. The album was described by AllMusic as “probably the most hyped debut album by a rap artist in about a decade". Not only was it applauded by the critics, it also performed well on the charts, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and selling an impressive 872,000 copies in the first week of sales. “In da Club”, the lead single from the album set a record as the most listened to song in radio history within a week of its release.
With such a successful debut, the artist soon started working on his second album. This album called The Massacre, managed to sell 1.14 million copies within the first four days of its release and was at the top of Billboard 200 for an impressive six weeks. “Candy Shop,” “How We Do” and “Disco Inferno,” all become top five hits on Billboard.
More Music, More Success
In late 2007, the singer released his third album, titled Curtis. The album drew inspiration from 50 Cent’s life before his debut album. The album peaked at number two on Billboard 200 and sold 691,000 copies in the first week. His fourth album, Before I Self Destruct, was released in November 2009 and was well-received by fans and critics alike. His latest album to have been released was Animal Ambition in 2014, while Street King Immortal is yet to be released. In July of 2017, 50 Cent confirmed that the album would be released by the end of the year. So far, only singles have been released.
Other Businesses and Investments
In addition to making music, 50 Cent has also ventured into the business side and has been highly successful at that end as well. He made an intelligent decision of investing into a diversified set of industries, including artist and talent management, television, film production, record production, apparel, fragrances, video games, mobile apps, headphone, book publishing, health drinks, footwear and supplements. He has also invested in the real estate sector, mining, boxing, vodka and fashion, etc. The multi-talented star established his own record label, G-Unit Records in 2003.
Awards and Accolades for 50 Cent
Over the years, 50 Cent has won quite a few awards and has achieved a tremendous amount of success. In a short amount of time, he became one of the world’s best selling rappers. During his career, 50 Cent has managed to sell more than 30 million albums all over the world and has won multiple awards including a Grammy Award, six World Music Awards, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, four BET Awards and three American Music Awards. He was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third best rapper by Billboard, only coming in behind Eminem and Nelly. His album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Best Albums of the 2000s” at number 37, while his song “In Da Club” has appeared on the “100 Best Songs of the 2000s” list, bagging the 13th position.
Artistry and Influences
50 Cent has listed many musicians as having a big impact on his work. These include the like of Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, The Juice Crew and KRS-One as his rapping influences. He has also talked about the inspiration he drew from the works of Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rakim, while working on his album, Animal Ambition. 50 Cent was inspired by LL Cool J when writing his song “21 Questions”.
Reviews for 50 Cent
50 Cent has been a much-talked about celebrity since he first hit super stardom in the industry. While not all coverage of the rapper has been positive, he has been praised, more often than not. Rolling Stone has called him “one of the biggest stars hip-hop produced in the 2000s, a muscled and menacing, yet imperturbably cool presence with a near-mythic backstory.”
In addition to being a big success in the music industry, 50 Cent has also been praised for his business skills. He had his own G-Unit clothing line, a semi-biographical movie, a PlayStation game and even a Vitamin Water Flavor to his name. Forbes magazine ranked him on the list of “Hip Hop Cash Kings” in 2007, with a worth of $32 million, coming in second to only Jay-Z.
50 Cent Tour Tickets
In the summer of 2017, 50 Cent announced that he will be returning to the stage to perform live as part of his 15th anniversary celebration tour, in honor of his debut studio album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Fans of the singer, who can’t wait to get their hands on the latest 50 Cent tour tickets would be ecstatic to hear about this opportunity to catch the artist live in action. Keep checking for updates on tickets and where his latest performances are scheduled to take, if you don’t want to miss out on your favorite rapper’s live performances!