50 Cent is one of the most famous rappers in the world. His real name is Curtis Jackson III. The celebrity was born on 6 July 1976 in New York. His family lived in one of the most criminal New York neighborhoods. Since childhood, Jackson learned what violence, racism, and poverty were.
Curtis never knew his father. His mom, Sabrina, gave birth when she was just 14 years old. The young mother didn’t have time for the boy. She did was too young to get a decent job. While grandparents were looking after the boy, Sabrina was dealing drugs. Curtis followed in her footsteps. He started selling cocaine when he was just 12 years old. In some of the later interviews, Curtis would talk about short rendezvous with his mother, which seemed like Christmas to him. The young woman gave the boy expensive gifts to make up for the time she couldn’t spend with him.
When Jackson was eight years old, his mother died. After that, he was brought up by grandparents. When he was in middle school, Curtis took up boxing. The hobby later helped him become a boxing promoter.
In 1994, when Jackson was 19 years old, he was arrested for selling drugs. The young man didn’t get jail time. But in three weeks he was arrested again. Police officers found heroin and weapons on his apartment. This time Curtis was sent to jail for three years. However, he was amnestied before the term was up.