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Happy Birthday, 50 Cent!

A big happy born day is in order for hip-hop’s self-proclaimed bad guy, 50 Cent. The music mogul, business entrepreneur and humanitarian celebrates his 37th birthday today (July 6).

Since entering the game with his contentious stickup-kid single in 1999′s “How to Rob,” the South Jamaica, Queens native has fought—and bullied—his way to the top spot thus leaving an impressionable mark on the game.

Before signing his life-changing deal with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope in 2002, a deal that was reported a whopping $1 million, ‘Fif was busy occupying the streets with an imposing mixtape catalog alongside his G-Unit comrades. From Guess Who’s Back?, which sparked Eminem’s attention, to the game-changing 50 Cent is the Future, that found him jacking for beats and remaking his own songs over them, Sabrina’s baby boy took the mixtape game to a new level.

Soon after inking his major deal, the G-Unit boss would release his crowning achievement in February 2003, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’—his major label debut. Fueled by his Dr. Dre breakout hit “In Da Club,” which remained on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for an astonishing nine weeks, the debut sold approximately 872,000 in the first four days of release beating Snoop Dogg’s previous record with Doggystyle (803,000 copies its first week in 1993).  Soon after, 50 would be granted his own imprint under the Interscope umbrella for G-Unit Records, signing his crew members Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck to record deals. When his sophomore album The Massacre arrived in 2005, 50 took it up another notch and went platinum in week selling 1.14 million copies in the first four days and remained on the top of the Billboard 200 for six weeks.

It doesn’t stop there however as Fif has come to be no slouch on the business tip as well. In 2004, after purchasing stock in Glacéau (makers of Vitamin Water) the company was then bought by Coca-Cola in 2007  for a stunning $4.1 billion. According to Forbes, 50 made about $100 million from the deal and topped the esteemed Forbes List in 2008. Fast forward past a long list of ventures including the $200 million deal he received in 2010 with Lions Gate Entertainment for his Cheetah Vision Films production company—which has provided films like Gun, with Val Kilmer, and Things Fall Apart, with Ray Liotta—his new label G-Note Records, SMS Audio and his latest Street King charity campaign dedicated to feeding impoverished kids in Africa and it’s clear that there’s no stopping Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. would like to wish 50 Cent a very happy G day. Salute!—XXL Staff

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