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Posted by Robert
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10/3/2003 6:28:02 AM

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This was on the Manchester.Online web site. It is a come on for the 50 concert in England on the 8th of October. That concert sold out.

EVEN the title of 50 Cent's award-winning album, Get Rich Or Die Trying, is so emblematic of the boastfully joking hip-hop mindset that it's no surprise that the former Curtis Jackson has sold more than eight million copies worldwide of his debut album.

The clincher, though, is that "50" is the real deal. Born into a notorious New York drug dynasty during the late seventies, 50 Cent lost those closest to him at an early age.

Raised without a father, his mother was found dead under mysterious circumstances before he could hit his teens.

The orphaned youth was then taken in by his grandparents, but realised that, given his circumstances, the easiest way to make a living was working outside the law on the infamous New York Avenue, where he amassed a small fortune and a lengthy rap sheet.


But the birth of his son eventually inspired him to begin to pursue music seriously and one of his earliest tunes, How To Rob, guaranteed him immediate notoriety, playfully portraying himself as a deliriously hungry up-and-comer daydreaming of robbing famous rappers.

But some people weren't laughing. Unable to take a joke, Jay-Z, Big Pun, Sticky Fingaz, and Ghostface Killah all replied to the song.

"It wasn't personal. It was comedy based on truth, which made it so funny,'' says 50 Cent.

In April of 2000, 50 was shot nine times, including a .9mm bullet to the face, in front of his grandmother's house. He spent the next few months in recovery while Columbia Records dropped him from the label.

Typically, 50 reacted by banging out track after track, despite no income or backing, with his new business partner and friend Sha Money XL.


The two recorded over 30 songs, strictly for mix-tapes, with the sole purpose of building a buzz. By Spring of the next year he'd released the new material independently on the makeshift LP Guess Who's Back?.

Beginning to attract interest, and now backed by his crew, G-Unit, 50 swiftly decided to showcase his hit-making ability by releasing another bootleg, boastingly called 50 Cent Is the Future.

That was the CD which caught the ear of Eminem and within a week Em was on the radio saying, "50 Cent is my favourite rapper right now."

When Eminem's mentor Dr. Dre joined him in praising the young hitmaker and undertook to produce him, 50 Cent became the most sought-after newcomer in almost a decade.

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Not since the summer of '94, when radio would play absolutely anything Notorious B.I.G. related, had hip hop seen a buzz like this.

Ever the astute businessman, 50 didn't let the opportunity escape him and quickly released another bootleg of borrowed beats, No Mercy, No Fear.

The only new track on that record also found a home on the multi-platinum soundtrack to Eminem's smash movie, 8 Mile.

"Creatively, what more could I ask for?'' he asks of his current position at the top of the pile.

The 50 Cent and G-Unit No Fear, No Mercy tour is at the Manchester Evening News Arena on Wednesday, October 8. 8pm. Tickets are sold out.

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