He grew up on one of the notorious streets of New York and survived being shot at nine times. At some point in his life, drugs were the only means to a livelihood. For years, Curtis Jackson (his birth name) was a star in the underground mix-tape circuit but the rest of the world did not hear him until he was discovered by Eminem in 2002. It was no surprise that his first album was a global hit as hip hop was not just music to him but a lifestyle.
50 Cent rose to prominence with East Cost hip hop group ‘G-Unit’ and was in a short time regarded as one of the world’s best selling rap artists. Unlike several ‘studio gangsters’ who make up stories about drugs, violence and murder in order to sell their music; the G-Unit General did not have to stress out as his life was gangster enough so it was just natural for it to reflect in his music. He had enough gruesome experiences to fuel his song and drive them all the way to the top of music charts.
Date of Birth: July 6, 1975
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
The P.I.M.P. artist has had it tough but is proof that life’s obstacles can either break one or make them stronger. He never got married but became a father as a teenager. Follow this write up as we look into details of the personal life of the rap genius and business man. Did he meet his father? What do we know about his kids? Does Fif’ have any siblings? Read on to find out all there is to know about the hip hop legend.
Sabrina Jackson (mother)
Year of Birth: 1960
Year of Death: 1983 (age 23)
Sabrina was only 15 when her little boy was born and this meant she had little for them to live on. She had no choice but to turn to drugs as a means of livelihood for her family of two. It did not take so long for Sabrina to become one of the most feared drug dealer in her Queens’ neighbourhood but her ‘reign’ was short lived. When Curtis was 8, his bisexual mother was killed mysteriously most probably as a result of a drug war since this was common in their violent neighbourhood.
Up till date, the ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ artist has no idea who his birth father is. 50 Cent also does not have any siblings.
Beulah Jackson (maternal grandmother)
Month of Death: September 2014
Fifty Cents was surrounded by violence from the day he was born and this only worsened after he lost his mother. Beulah Jackson was the next person he could call family after the tragic death of Sabrina and she took him up as her own baby. There was only little Beulah could do anyway as she had nine other children to cater to so young Curtis spent most of his life on the streets and learned life the hard way. By the time Cents was twelve, he was not just dealing drugs but was involved in crack which is one of the strongest forms of cocaine.
In an interview, 50 stated that one reason why he went all in to drugs and violence was to be able to fend for himself. He did not want to ask his grand ma for stuffs he knew she couldn’t give him so in the bid to become self independent, the teenage Curtis gradually became the neighbourhood drug kingpin.
Amidst all the street life and hustles, Curtis still went home everyday to be his grandmother’s baby. She loved him dearly and was there for him when his mothers’ siblings were not willing to take him up. The most famous Jackson adored Beulah in the same vein and was scared to death when she was diagnosed with cancer. In 2014, grand ma Jackson passed on and her death broke 50 as she was the love of his life.
Curtis Jackson II (grandfather)
Year of birth: 1931
Papa lives with 50 cent who takes care of him.
Shaniqua Tompkins (ex-girlfriend)
Duration of Relationship: 1994 – 1998
Shaniqua is an actress but is mostly known for her affiliation with the hip hop superstar. She is a Liberal Arts major and also a passionate advocate for Domestic Violence and Victim Services. In 1994, she began a relationship with 50 and for four years things were good until their love went sour. Two years before their break up, Niq had borne a son for Cent and he had promised to take care of her for life.
Tompkins was heartbroken when their relationship ended and she sued the G-Unit star for $50 million but this suit was later dismissed by a judge. Since the break up with Tompkins, she took her son far from his father and raises him as a single parent. Cent had tried to make contact but to no avail and he believes that his look-alike son would eventually resent his mother when he comes of age and begins to start life from scratch.
Daphne Joy (ex-girlfriend)
Duration of Relationship: 2011 – 2012
Date of Birth: February 8, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
50 and the busty model dated for just a little over a year and in this time she had a child for him. Daphne’s got incredible curves and is ever ready to show her figure.
Marquise Jackson Tompkins (son with Shaniqua Tompkins)
Date of Birth: October 13, 1996
Zodiac Sign: Libra
50 had dropped out of high school and was spending most of his time in jail but music is one thing he fell in love with all along. Rap music was his favourite and he tried his hands on rhymes every now and then. By the time Marquise was born, the notorious Jackson decided it was time he left drugs and start making music for real. His son became his motivation to go in a different direction but after a while his mother took him away.
Up until Marquise was officially an adult, Cent paid his due for child support and is glad that his son is grown and he can take a break off this huge financial responsibility. In total, Cent had to pay $1.4 million in child support so you can imagine how relieved he would be that Marquise is over 20.
Now that he’s all grown up Marquise is taking after his father with his interest in music. He dropped a single titled ‘Different’ and in it, he made quite a number of references to the strained relationship he has with 50. All he wants to do with music is to entertain people and strike deep chords of emotions in them; he has no interest in competing with his estranged father.
Sire Jackson (son with Daphne Joy)
Date of Birth: September 1, 2012
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Jackson dated model Daphne Joy from 2011 to 2012 and she became the mother of his second child. Sire at the age of 2 modelled for a telephone brand for Kidz earning a huge amount of money in his contract.
Less than a year ago, in April 2016, 50 disclosed that he has a third son but refused to say more about it. Cent met his ‘son’ Davian at a fan event and is very proud that his son is growing up to be an excellent academic. Davian is not 50’s biological child but he treats him like he is.