Rapper, actor, entrepreneur, producer
Grew up in Queens, New York. He raised by his mother until she was murdered when he was eight. At the age of 12 he began dealing crack cocaine on the streets of New York.
In 2003 his debut commercial album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', sold over 900,000 copies in its opening week and reached number one in the US Billboard album charts. He has earned 11 Grammy award nominations.
Shot nine times at point-blank range whilst sitting in a car in the US.
"The only thing that I'm scared of is not livin' up to the expectations of Dr Dre and Eminem."
"I think it's easier for the general public to embrace me in a negative way. You have people who already have a perception of me that says I'm a bad person."
50 Cent has feuded with Jadakiss, The Game, Ja Rule and Fat Joe.
Eminem and Dr Dre both helped launch his career.
Rapper, producer, owner of record label
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in an upper-middle class background, he lived with both his parents until their divorce. He then moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois.
He launched his second album, Late Registration, in 2003 which became number one on the US Billboard album chart, selling 860,000 in its first week. He has won a total of five Grammy awards.
Involved in a car crash which left him with a metal plate in his chin.
"I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it [the media] says, 'they're looting'. You see a white family, it says, 'they're looking for food'. And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black".
None to date as he has kept himself to himself
He has worked with Pharrell, Jamie Foxx and in the early days Twista.