The South Jamaica, Queens 26 year old native, 50 cent, is grinding hard to be at the top in his field. His freestyles on mixtapes are more like songs because he adds a hook and an original beat to his music. This has separated him from the average rapper. 50 lays it down so well because he's not a newcomer. Instead he's an established artists that’s confident enough to spit flames and make hot music. 50 is so hot, that DJ’s have taken it upon themselves to release two Best of 50 Cent mix CD’s, before he had even signed to a major label.
50 hit the scene like an earthquake with “How To Rob An Industry Nigga” and he’s been on a rampage ever since dealing with bootleggers, label backstabbing and other platinum selling artists trying to get at him physically. In 1999 his album Power of the Dollar, was heavily bootlegged and Trackmasters/Columbia never released it. Supposedly Trackmasters weren’t comfortable with him being caught up in the streets and getting shot three days before filming the video for “Thug Love”, with Destiny’s Child his first single. That of course led to the fall out with Columbia and negotiating his release from their grasps. He still showed love and rhymed over a Trackmasters produced remix of “I’m Gonna Be Alright” on J-Lo’s latest album.
The beat making squad also worked on 50’s new upcomming LP. 50 recently signed with hip-hop management juggernaut Violator, and has Teamworks Music producing with Sha Money XL holding him down. He’s currently in a bidding war with labels like J, Universal and Jive to release his album Get Rich or Die Trying thru his own imprint, Rotten Apple. 50 has full access and advantage of the streets through mixtapes because that’s his forum because he controls it.
He’s been stabbed and shot since being in the public’s eyes and has never snitched on anybody but instead remained in his gangsta state of mind. He has loosened up a bit on the violent mentality and has started coming out with concepts that can interest the world.