How much is 50 Cent’s Net Worth? $30 million
How did 50 Cent earn his wealth and money?
Curtis “50 Cent” James Jackson III was born on 6th July, 1975 in Queens, U.S.A. By profession, he is a rapper, an actor, and an investor and businessman. His mother used to sell drugs and after her death, he went on to live with his grandparents. At the age of 12, he began to deal drugs, too, and took the wrong road – one full of drug dealing and guns. Later, he started rapping in his friend’s basement who introduced him to Jam Master Jay. He taught 50 Cent very important lessons regarding rapping and recording music. In 2000, 50 Cent produced “Power of the Dollar” with Columbia Records but a few days before its launch he was attacked and shot nine times. The album was ultimately cancelled. This particular experience opened his eyes, and he realized it was high time to actually do something worthwhile with his life. HE started making mixtapes after he had recovered, and by 2002 he had released two of them called “Guess Who’s Back?” and “50 Cent Is the Future”. These mixtapes built up a good reputation for him in the industry.
In 2002, when Eminem heard “Guess Who’s Back?” he was impressed and met with 50 Cent. Eminem also introduced him to Dr. Dre. He ended up getting signed by Shady Records (Eminem’s label), Aftermath Entertainment (Dre’s label) and Interscope Records. With the aid of these two people and his talent, 50 Cent went on to be included in the world’s best-selling rappers. He has an East Coast hip hop group called G-Unit, wherein he is the lead vocalist; other group members are Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck. He has also signed them on G-Unit records which he founded himself. 50 Cent’s first album with a major label, which Dre produced for him, was called “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”. It enjoyed commercial success with 872,000 copies sold in the first four days and reached number 1 at Billboard 200.
His second album, “The Massacre”, was launched in 2005 and it met the same fate: number 1 on Billboard 200, and 1.14 million copies sold within the first four days only. His third album, “Curtis”, was based on his life before his first major label album, and was released in 2007. It sold 691,000 copies in the first week and debuted number 2 on the Billboard 200. In 2009, he released his fourth album, “Before I Self Destruct”. One of the songs of this album is said to be somewhat of speculation about the tension between 50 Cent and Jay-Z. His fifth studio album, “Animal Ambition”, came out in 2014. He is currently working on his sixth studio album, named “Street King Immortal”. He executive produces and stars in the show Power, which airs on Starz.
50 Cent has won numerous accolades over the span of his career. He has a Grammy, six World Music Awards, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and four BET Awards. As of yet, he has sold 30 million albums across the globe. He was deemed the third best rapper and sixth best artist of the 2000s by Billboard. Moreover, Rolling Stone considers one of his albums, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” to be number 37 amongst the 100 best albums of the 2000 era, whereas his single “In Da Club” is on number 13 in the “100 Best Songs of the 2000s”. He has pursued a career in acting, with one of the movies he starred in being a semi-autobiographical movie – “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”.
He has various business ventures and investments spread on a wide range of industries, from music and movies to financial market investments to mining to real estate to fashion to consumer electronics to vodka and fragrances. He has also invested in promoting boxes. 50 Cent is versatile enough to have written various books as well; “From Pieces to Weight” (a memoir), “Playground”, “Death Before Dishonor” being a few of them. Unfortunately, 50 Cent declared bankruptcy in 2015, and his net worth has fallen by a huge margin from $155 million to just $20 million.
What are 50 Cent’s best-selling albums/mixtapes?
Get Rich or Die Tryin’: 15,600,000
The Massacre: 11,250,000
Guess Who’s Back?: 1,375,000
Before I Self Destruct: 1,250,000
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