Born and raised in the South Jamaica neighbourhood of Queens in New York, 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) was discovered by Eminem following the release of his debut mixtape Guess Who’s Back? Shortly after its release, he was signed to Eminem’s Shady Records under Interscope and began work on his debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, which is widely considered legendary.
50 Cent did not only have a legendary career as a rapper but for the majority of the early noughties, was pretty much untouchable. Along with the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, 50 Cent was breaking records and became a mainstay on radio upon the release of his debut album.
50 Cent is currently one of the wealthiest men hip hop, and similar to his musical peers Diddy and Dre, the former G-unit rapper has achieved a lot of success outside of the hip hop genre and is enjoying a fruitful career as a producer, filmmaker, and actor, making him a rapper turned media mogul. However, he will forever be known primarily as a legendary rapper.
In his 26-year career, 50 Cent has released five studio albums, ten mixtapes, two visual albums, four compilation albums, and two soundtracks. He has also entered the film industry and taken on other ventures. 50 Cent is a rapper that cemented his place in rap history, so we’re going to break down the facts and figures and present you with his career in numbers.
50 Cent’s solo albums:
50 Cent’s highest-selling solo album is his 2003 Debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. Undoubtedly the rapper’s best album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was the kind of debut album everyone dreams of having. One which goes straight to the top and turns heads, and that’s exactly what this 2003 album did.
With Eminem and Dr Dre credited as the album’s executive producers, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ sold 872,000 copies in its first week and 12 million units worldwide. By the end of 2003, the album had already been certified six times platinum. The album’s lead single, ‘In Da Club’, has been streamed 936.6 million times on Spotify alone. It is one of the most well-known hip hop songs of all time.
50 Cent’s most streamed song:
As a lead artist, over his 26-year career span, 50 Cent has released a total of 76 singles. However, his most streamed song of all time on the prevalent music streaming service Spotify is the lead single from his 2003 album Get Rich Or Die Tryin, ‘In Da Club’. The single, as of 2022, has been streamed approximately 936.6 million times.
As a featured artist, 50 Cent’s most streamed song is ‘Hate It Or7 Love It’ by Compton rapper The Game. The 2004 track from The Game’s album The Documentary is a hip-hop classic and has been streamed approximately 410 million times.
50 Cent’s biggest video on YouTube:
50 Cent’s most streamed video on Youtube is ‘In Da Club’, which has 1.1 billion views. Being one of the few hip hop songs that have managed to surpass the billion mark. As a featured artist, his biggest video on YouTube is Eminem’s ‘You Don’t Know’ on which he features alongside Cashis and Lloyd Banks. the video has accrued 419 million views since its upload in 2009.
50 Cent’s net worth:
As of 2022, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson’s net worth is approximately $40 million, with Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ still being one of the highest-selling debut albums of all time.