Happy Birthday, Fif: 36 Most Entertaining Moments of 50 Cent’s Career

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    Happy Birthday, Fif: 36 High and Lows of 50 Cent's Career
    We gon’ party like it’s your birthday…Since he bullied his way onto the scene back in 1999 with the fiery tongue-in-cheek stickup-kid single, “How to Rob” (<em>Power of A Dollar</em>, <em>In Too Deep Soundtrack</em>), hip-hop’s self-proclaimed bad guy has left quite an impressionable mark on the game. From racking a number of multi-platinum plaques (<em>Get Rich Or Die Tryin’</em>, <em>The Massacre</em>, etc.) and accolades (13 Grammy Award nominations, selling 1.14 million copies of <em>The Massacre</em> in a week), to participating in a slew of business deals here and there (Glacéau’s purchase by Coca-Cola for a reported $4.1 billion), starring in a couple of high-profiled feuds (Ja Rule & Murder Inc., Fat Joe, etc.) and also building arguably one of the industry’s most dynamic powerhouses, G-Unit, Curtis “50 Cent”Jackson has made a career off of making game-changing moves. As we celebrate the G-Unit general’s 36th born day, XXLMag.com decided to take a trip down memory lane lining up 36 of the most entertaining moments of his career, including the good, the funny, and some just plain wrong. The future is now… — Ralph Bristout
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    Meeting and being mentored by Jam Master Jay
    50 met the late, great Run-D.M.C. DJ in 1990s, and JMJ, helped the then fledgling rapper hone his talents by teaching him the difference between rapping for the sake of rapping, versus song structure.
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    50 Cent releases <em>Guess Who’s Back?</em>
    After <em>Power Of the Dollar</em> was put on permanent hold by Columbia a couple of years prior, Fif released this 18-track compilation in April 2002. Eminem would soon hear the record and, Yeah, you know the rest.
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    <em>50 Cent Is the Future</em>
    Released in 2002, Fif’s first official mixtape found him jacking your favorite rappers’ beats making his own songs over them, thus becoming a game-changer. The beginning of a new era in the mixtape game...
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    Shady/Aftermath deal
    In 2002, 50 inks a recording deal with Eminem and Dr. Dre and becomes part of the Shady/Aftermath family (via Interscope), for a reported $1 million.
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    50 Cripples Murder Inc.
    Fif's ascencion to superstardom coincided with Murder Inc.'s downfall. As he gained popularity, Fif didn't miss an opportunity to take shots at his rivals way be it via records like "Back Down" or highly entertaining interviews. The Inc. never recovered.
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    Releases "In Da Club"
    The Grammy-nominated, Dr. Dre-produced breakout hit that sparked the 50 Cent takeover, “In Da Club” peaked at no.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for nine weeks.
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    Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ hits stores
    Fif’s Shady/Aftermath/Interscope debut hit stores on February 4th, 2003, selling an estimated 872,000 in the first four days beating Snoop’s record with <em>Doggystyle</em>, which sold 803,000 copies its first week back in ’93.
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    UMPG signs 50 Cent to Worldwide Publishing Deal
    On February 10th, 2003, Universal Music Publishing Group signed the Shady/Aftermath signee to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.
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    Reebok Sneaker Deal
    In June 2003, shortly after finding much success with Jay-Z’s S. Carter line, Reebok signs 50 to a 5-year endorsement contract for his G-Unit Collection.
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    Buys Mike Tyson’s Mansion
    50 purchases Mike Tyson’s Farmington, Connecticut mansion (approximately 50,000 sq. ft. with 52 rooms) for a reported $4.1 million in 2003.
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    50's Fox
    Fif turned heads when he arrived at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards with actress Vivica A. Fox as his date. The two reportedly dated briefly, but the romance ended on a bad note— prompting the two stars to feud for years. They reconciled in 2009 and Vivica even appeared in Fif's video for "Do You Think About Me."
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    G-Unit Records
    50 is granted his G-Unit Records imprint through Interscope, signing Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck to record deals. <em>Beg For Mercy</em>, <em>Hunger for More</em>, <em>Straight Outta Cashville</em> and <em>Thoughts of a Predicate Felon</em>, are released with eventual platinum certifications.
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    G-Unit
    From books (G-Unit Books), film (G-Unit Films), clothing to charity programs (G-Unity), not to mention the record sales and more, it’s certainly more than music for Curtis and his Guerilla Unit.
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    Piggy Bank
    With the Murder Inc. feud still fresh, Fif launched a preemptive strike against Jadakiss, Nas and Fat Joe for appearing on Ja Rule’s “New York.” He’s since squashed his beef with D-Block, is still at odds with Nas and occasionally still jab Joey Crack when he feels like it.
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    <em>The Massacre</em> goes platinum in a week
    Fif’s sophomore LP, released March 5, 2005, sells 1.14 million copies in four days, staying atop the Billboard 200 for six weeks.
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    <em>Get Rich Or Die Tryin</em> hits theaters
    Directed by Jim Sheridan, Fif’s semi-auto-biographical film hit theaters November 2005, eventually grossing over $46 million worldwide.
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    <em>From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside</em>
    Co-authored by kris ex, 50 releases his first memoir titled <em>From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside</em> via MTV Books.
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    Vitamin Water deal with Coca-Cola
    After purchasing stock in Glacéau (the makers of Vitamin Water) in 2004, and even getting his own flavor (Formula 50), the company was purchased by Coca-Cola in 2007. “I took quarter waters sold it in bottles for two bucks, and Coca-Cola came and bought it for billions, what the fuck?,” raps 50 on “I Get Money.” Yep.
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    #MurdaMaseBack?
    Why a best moment you ask? Despite the signing never actually taking place, 50 was able to bring Pastor Ma$e back to his former alias…for a brief moment, of course.
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    50 and Cici
    Rumors that 50 Cent and Ciara were dating surfaced when the two collaborated on Cici's "Can't Leave 'em Alone" in 2006. The relationship was never confirmed and the two alleged love birds briefly quarreled over Twitter earlier this year.
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    50 vs. Cam Phone Call
    Who could forget that infamous phone call between Fif and Cam live on Hot 97’s “The Angie Martinez Show” February 1st, 2007. Hey Allan Grunblatt, “Put Cam on the phone!”
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    50 vs. Cam Phone Call Part II: The Birth of "Curtis"
    Not literally of course but the fiery conversation led to Fif making money off of Cam's jab, "Cuuuuuuuurtis!" by having it be the title for his third studio album.
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    Sept. 11th 2007: <em>Curtis</em> vs. <em>Graduation</em> - The Soundscan Battle
    Kanye and Fif’s bout on the Soundscan remains one of hip-hop’s most commercially-friendly rap rivalries. Although he lost to Kanye’s 957,000 units in-a-week, <em>Curtis</em> still managed to sell 691k from jump.
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    Lose Control
    With the stakes at an all time high during the 2007 soundscan showdown against Kanye West, Fif's "Follow My Lead" video featuring Robin Thicke leaked. Legend has it that an angry 50 ripped a flat screen off the wall at the G-Unit offices and threw it.
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    Calls Rocsi a Pop
    In May 2008, after footage surfaced of <em>106 & Park</em> hostess Rocsi blatantly calling 50’s <em>Curtis</em> album “garbage,” Fif went on-air to let off some steam. Not really a best but, still is hilarious.
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    <em>Righteous Kill</em>
    Stars alongside Al Pacino and Robert De Nero for this underwhelming crime thriller released on September 12th, 2008.
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    Forbes 1, 2, 3
    On the heels of his Vitamin Water deal, 50 topped the Forbes list in 2008 after taking in $150 million.
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    Thisis50.com Arrives
    In March 2008, 50 launches online communities, “Thisis50.com” & “BooBoo.tv.”
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    Scent of a Soldier
    In 2009 Fif joined Diddy and Jay-Z as one of few rappers with his own fragrance when he released Power By 50 Cent.
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    “The 50th Law”
    50’s take on Robert Greene’s <em>The 48 Laws of Power</em> debuted at No.<em> 4 on The New York Times</em> Best Sellers list in 2009.
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    Buys Rick Ross’ baby mother furs.
    Fif added Rick Ross to his growing list of enemies when the rotund rapper inexplicably picked a fight by dissing him on 2009's "Mafia Music." A high entertaining feud ensued between the two. Knowing know bounds, 50 connected with Ross’ baby mother and bought her furs in a clip that was published online. Really foul, but funny.
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    Movin' Weight
    Fif had the internets going nuts in May of 2010 when he leaked photos of his dramatic 60 lbs weight loss for the movie <em>Things Fall Apart</em>.
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    Uber50
    Fif took Twitter by storm when he began writing on the social networking site regularly in the summer of 2010. The Queens MC became a fan favorite with his brutally honest and hilarious tweets. This year the tech savvy rapper/actor teams up with UberSocial (formerly UberTwitter) to release Uber50, a new twitter theme for the BlackBerry.
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    Rumors surfaced that 50 and talk show host Chelsea Handler were an item in late 2010. Though both parties denied the gossip, photos of the two out on the town quickly surfaced. A flick of the two in bed together later leaked on Twitter. Handler eventually confessed to the union.
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    $50 Million Tweet
    Despite the controversy, 50 allegedly earned $8.7 million in January 2011 promoting a stock over Twitter.
  • http://www.justice.gov.za Ch*l*z

    U used 2 b the man,musically hommie……………………..
    ………………………………………what the hell happen 2 u!!!!!!

  • Luke

    oh great XXL, this is the second time i only see 2 pics, and for the rest , when i press next, nothing happens. thanks

    • Gotit

      Yeah it won’t work for me either. Layout is BS. I should be able to see all 36 at once, or on two pages. This website layout is atrocious and I couldn’t even get past “reason” #2. Was sent here by thisis50, not coming back.

  • http://xxlmag.com charlie breezy

    hate it, like it or love it……….at da end of the day 50 will go dwn as one of da smartest rappers in history….cus da man is makin more money outside of rap an knws how to keep da ppl talkin bout him whether its gud or bad!!!!!!!! 50 is still winnin realtalk!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nico

    He met JMJ in ’06? NAH..

  • JP

    50 still that dude… b-day shout outs from Miami

  • tony viera

    50 is tha man!!! cant wait for the new album!!!

  • King Carter

    Happy Birthday goes out to my top 5 rapper of all time and the 2nd “King of NY” under Jay-Z, My dude 50 Cent; Enjoy your day big homie

  • Tha Fuck

    Fuckin 5.0 dickriders, why ain’t ya’ll mention how the westcoast one man army Game ended Curtis (aswell as the other G-Unit cats) musical career.

    Ain’t no real hiphop head seeing 5-0 as a real mcee, get real, fuckin bitch-ass bulshit poppyhooks. This nigga ain’t been gangsta since GRODT.

    I mean, he’s a great entertainment – dude funny, and a dope businessman but when it comes to rap this guy a joke. A fuckin joke. Better go off with fuckin David Guetta ahha!<<50 voice

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    50 Cent
    The Best Forever

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    50 Cent. Can’t live with him, can’t live without him

  • http://None Skyislimit

    Lol at the dude who commented on July 6,2011 4:30PM, you can’t compare Game to 50. 50 is big in everything he does, Game will never be like 50, that’s a real talk. Game has done nothing but failed massively, 50 still pop all over the world. I’m from South Africa and i can tell you that no-one is playing Game’s song but 50 is popping in almost every car driven by young dudes. All the clubs in Long Street Cape Town are playing 50′s songs but you will never listen to Game’s song. 50 is still huge, if you hate him and say is gone that’s only shows how much you are jealous of him.

  • http://None Skyislimit

    Lol at the dude who commented on July 6,2011 4:30PM, you can’t compare Game to 50. 50 is big in everything he does, Game will never be like 50, that’s a real talk. Game has done nothing but failed massively, 50 still popping all over the world. I’m from South Africa and i can tell you that no-one is playing Game’s song but 50 is popping in almost every car driven by young dudes. All the clubs in Long Street Cape Town are playing 50′s songs but you will never listen to Game’s song. 50 is still huge, if you hate him and say is gone that’s only shows how much you are jealous of him. The song he did with Nicole Sherzinger is being played all over the country here in South Africa. That Buzzing song with Manny, Down on With Jeremih and now Outlaw. 50 is the best dude.

  • NaNa NaNa Na Eeeee

    50cent ! Men, this guy is the greatest rapper ever of all time. A real gangster. They tried to kill him with 7 bullet shots and he didn’t die instead he came back and made more money. He’s better than Biggie and 2Pac, the bullets killed those guys. 50cent cannot be killed, he makes the most moneys, and he rules over all of you. He’s the best rapper

  • JoeM

    The links in the next button and the next arrows are broken.. fix those shits… can only see 2 pictures.

    Fucking slacker web developer/coder you guys got.

  • G-UNOT

    i jus wasted 10 min of y life bz up cz dwn fuck 50 snitch GGGG UNOT