50 Cent is celebrating his 45th birthday today. The rapper, who hails from Queens, New York City, US shot to fame when he was discovered by legendary rapper, Eminem, back in 2002.
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Briefly.co.za gives you five interesting facts about the man who has also become famous for his acting skills.
The American rapper's real name is Curtis James Jackson III. His stage name is 50 Cent. He is also known as Ferrari F-50 in the music industry.
First major-label album
50 Cent became one of the world's best-selling rappers and rose to prominence with his album titled Get Rich or Die Tryin'. It was produced by Dr Dre. The album was released on 6 February, 2003. One of the most famous songs in the album was In Da Club.
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F-50 has won several awards, including a Grammy Award, 13 Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards.
The musician has appeared in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005), the Iraq War film Home of the Brave (2006) and Righteous Kill (2008), among many others. He is also the executive producer of Power on Starz and For Life on ABC Network.
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During his career, 50 has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. The star was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly) by Billboard.
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