A former protege of Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay, 50 Cent released his debut album "Get Rich Or Die Tryin" in 2003; it featured the singles "In Da Club" and "Wanksta". This was produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre.
50 Cent had previously released underground albums, but did not gain exposure to a mainstream audience until he was discovered by Eminem, who was impressed by his talents and signed him to a joint deal between Shady and Aftermath Records.
50 Cent's Arrest Record:
DIN (Dept. Identif. Number) 94R6378 Inmate Name: JACKSON, CURTIS Sex: MALE Date of Birth: /1975 Race/Releasing Facility: MONTEREY Date Received (Original): /1994 Date Received (Current): 08/1994 Admission Type: County of Commitment: QUEENS Latest Release Date/Type: (Released Inmates Only) /95 PAROLE DIV OF PAROLE Crime 1, Description: CRIM POSS CONTR SUBSTANCE 3RD Crime 1, Crime Class: B Crime 2, Description: Crime 2, Crime Class: Crime 3, Description: Crime 3, Crime Class: Crime 4, Description: Crime 4, Crime Class: If all 4 crime fields contain data, there may be additional crimes not shown here. In this case, the crimes shown here are those with the longest sentences. Aggregate Minimum Sentence: 003 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days Aggregate Maximum Sentence: 009 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days Earliest Release Date: Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate. Earliest Release Type: Parole Hearing Date: 09/6 MO AFT INIT APPEAR Parole Eligibility Date: /1997 Conditional Release Date: 07/2000 Maximum Expiration Date: /2003 Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision: Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date: Parole Board Discharge Date: 01/200150 Cent wasn't from "Southside Jamaica Queens" like he claims, he was from the Locust Manor section of Queens, and the buildings he often refers to as "the projects" isn't a housing project, it's actually Rochdale Village, which is a middle-income housing cooperative. The area income ranges from around $45,000 to $65,000. The crime rate in the area is very low.