50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly) by Billboard.
He began boxing at about age 11, and when he was 14 a neighbor opened a boxing gym for local youth.
The rapper, also 35, has a 13-year-old son, Marquise, from a previous relationship.
known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, and investor.
Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic.
He later began pursuing a musical career and in 2000 he produced Power of the Dollar for Columbia Records, but days before the planned release he was shot nine times and the album was never released.
He executive produces and stars in the show Power, which airs on Starz.In 2003, he founded G-Unit Records, signing his G-Unit associates Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.Jackson had similar commercial and critical success with his second album, The Massacre, which was released in 2005.During his career Jackson has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards.He has pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005), the Iraq War film Home of the Brave (2006) and Righteous Kill (2008).It burns, burns, burns.'" In his autobiography, From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens, he wrote: "After I got shot nine times at close range and didn't die, I started to think that I must have a purpose in life ... Give me an inch in this direction or that one, and I'm gone".After using a walker for six weeks, Jackson was fully recovered after five months. With business partner Sha Money XL, Jackson recorded over thirty songs for mixtapes to build a reputation."When I wasn't killing time in school, I was sparring in the gym or selling crack on the strip," Jackson remembered. In the tenth grade, he was caught by metal detectors at Andrew Jackson High School: "I was embarrassed that I got arrested like that ... I was telling my grandmother [openly], 'I sell drugs.'" On June 29, 1994, Jackson was arrested for selling four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer.He was arrested again three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine and a starting pistol.In 2002, after Jackson released the compilation album Guess Who's Back?, he was discovered by Eminem and signed by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. Dre (who produced his first major-label album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'), Jackson became one of the world's best selling rappers and rose to prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit (which he leads de facto).