50 Cent is a former drug dealer from South Jamaica, Queens who pivoted from hustling dope to hustling mixtapes. After being mentored by Queens legends like Jam Master Jay and Nas, 50 Cent signed to Columbia Records. He was ambushed and shot 9 times, his subsequent hospitalization led to him being dropped from his deal. He had to rehab, relearn how to rhyme, and change his approach and strategy. He assembled G-Unit and revolutionized mixtape-as-self-promotion, elevating himself and G-Unit and to get signed to a record deal on Eminem’s Shady imprint under Dr. Dre’s Aftermath/Interscope. He put out his classic debut album “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’” in 2003.
Established his G-Unit label in 2002
Started G-Unit Clothing Co. with Reebok in 2003.(5 Year Deal)
Invested in Gluceau, aka VitaminWater in 2004. In 2007 Coca-Cola purchased Gluceau making him $100 Million
Launched ThisIs50.com in 2007.
Developed G-Unit video games, “50 Cent: Bulletproof” (2005), and “50 Cent: Blood On The Sand” (2009), after which company Swordfish Studios closed.
Produced various successful TV programs (Power, Ghost: Power Book II, For Life)
In 2015, 50 Cent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after incurring a $32 million dollar debt due to him being embroiled in several lawsuits and being ordered to pay large sums of money to multiple individuals.
As of now, it seems that 50 Cent will be executive producer of “Power Book II: Ghost”, “For Life” and a prequel series based on his character Kanan as well as developing film projects, including a “Den Of Thieves” sequel for G-Unit Film & Television Inc.