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There can only be so many rappers whose names are easily recognized even by those who do not really like rap music, and one good example of that is probably 50 Cent. Oftentimes, he is even referred to as a “master of the nuanced art of lyrical brevity”.
50 Cent was helped and mentored by Dr. Dre and Eminem.
The name “50 Cent” is a metaphor for change.
The American rapper has multiple music awards under his name.
“In Da Club” is one of 50 Cent’s most famous songs.
With his name being basically known worldwide, it is no longer a surprise that 50 Cent has already established his career and his fortune that came along with his fame. Let us take a brief look at 50 Cent’s life and endeavors that made him who he is right now.
Life Before Fame
Curtis James Jackson III or more famously known as “50 Cent” was born on July 6, 1975. He was born in Queens, New York and was raised in the South Jamaican community of the same neighborhood. Growing up, he was raised by his mother, Sabrina, who was a known drug dealer. His mother died of a fire when he was only 8 years old, so he was eventually raised by his grandmother.
When he was in his 20s, he got involved in drug dealing and was arrested. He was supposed to serve a 9-year sentence but only served a 6-month sentence in a boot camp where he also earned his GED. His name “50 Cent” is a metaphor for the word change which symbolizes the change he had to go through to have what he has right now.
50 Cent started his music career in 1996 but only gained the attention of the mainstream music community in 2002 when he released the song “In Da Club” which is still his most popular hit today. Other famous hits of 50 Cent include “Candy Shop”, “Many Men”, and “P.I.M.P.”
Debt and Bankruptcy
Now while we know that 50 Cent has had a well-established music career, it seems that he really isn’t that lucky when it comes to his finances. In 2015, 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy protection with a debt of around $32.5 million.In 2017, he was able to recover from bankruptcy by paying $22 million.
50 Cent’s Net Worth Today
Not everyone recovers from bankruptcy but it seems that 50 Cent is one living example of people who do. After paying off his debt, 50 Cent invested in different activities and made sure that it will not happen to him again. Aside from his music activity, 50 Cent also had endeavors on television by producing “Power” and starring in “For Life”.
With the different things that 50 Cent went through, it is quite a surprising thing to know that his net worth is still at an estimated $52 million!
The rapper’s life literally is like a plot for a character who went through all the ups and downs that anyone might go through. Let us just hope that 50 Cent continues to make good decisions and good music.