Music / 50 Cent

a): I sell crack and I will kill you,
b): Despite being very rich, I will still kill you, or
C): Girl, lemmie get in those drawers!
The Rap Critic on 50 Cent's favorite themes

Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), also known by his gang name 50 Cent, is a gangsta rap artist known for surviving being shot nine times. That is his entire public persona.

He is associated with Dr. Dre and Eminem, as well as his posse, G-Unit. He was the face of rap music during much of the Zeroes, and his first two studio albums have sold a combined twenty-one million copies, and has starred in several films and video games, such as Get Rich Or Die Tryin', 50 Cent: Bulletproof, and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. He is also a producer and supporting actor on the Starz original series Power.

Also works part-time in Ashington as a peat layer.

Songs of note:

  • "How to Rob''
  • "In Da Club''
  • "Wanksta''
  • "21 Questions''
  • "P.I.M.P.''
  • "If I Can't''
  • "Disco Inferno''
  • "Candy Shop''
  • "Just a Lil Bit''
  • "Outta Control''
  • "Ayo Technology''
  • "Baby By Me''
  • "My Life''


  • Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (2003)
  • The Massacre (2005)
  • Curtis (2007)
  • Before I Self Destruct (2009)
  • Animal Ambition (2014)
  • Street King Immortal (in Development Hell)

Tropes found in his music include:

  • Arch-Enemy: Unquestionably Ja Rule; 50 Cent has said that they'll probably never be friends. He's also had beefs with the Game, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Nas, and Rick Ross.
  • Animated Music Video: The "Piggy Bank" video was done completely with CGI, which allowed for some rather unflattering portrayals of some of 50's rivals he calls out in the song, with Jadakiss depicted as a Ninja Turtle and The Game as a Mr. Potato Head.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Said on an episode of the Graham Norton show that after being shot nine times, he was praying to God to save him. Jimmy Carr, who was also a guest, immediately pointed out the glaring hole in his logic:
    Jimmy: If it was a higher power, why didn't he stop the man from shooting you in the first place?
    50 Cent: (look of legitimate surprise and bewilderment)
  • Big Applesauce: Jamaica, Queens.
  • Bulletproof Vest: His Iconic Item. Notably, his clothing line originally came in XXL only, in order to fit over them.
    • Saying this, though, 50 Cent refers to his vests as being made out of Teflon rather than Kevlar. Teflon's only used to coat armor-piercing bullets (otherwise, they would wear down the rifling in the barrel much faster than regular bullets); having it on your vest will not help you.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His distinctive voice partially resulted from his injuries.
  • Glory Days: 2003-2007 were the years 50 Cent was referred as one of the best rappers around. Now people generally consider him to be washed up and overrated.
  • Has Two Mommies: He wrote in his autobiography that his mother was lesbian and had a relationship with another woman.
  • Heroic Build
  • Hypocrite: After GRODT, he started doing duets in his later songs despite calling out his rival Ja Rule for doing the same thing in his earlier years.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Response to criticism of his ridiculously-wild first pitch at a New York Mets game:
    50 Cent: I'm a hustler, not a damn ball player.
  • In Da Club: The Trope Namer.
  • Intercourse with You: "Candy Shop" and "Amusement Park". "Amusement Park" wasn't as successful because fans realized it was literally the same song as "Candy Shop" with the metaphor changed.
  • Made of Iron: Made a living out of it.
  • Manchild: 50 Cent comes off as this for his antics on social media.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: People can be taken by surprise when they see that behind Fifty's image as a hardcore, hustling, rapping street gangster, he really is a softspeaking, humble, calm, well-read and intellectual man. Even Robert Greene, the author of 48 Laws of Power, admitted that he was surprised by Fifty's "Zen-like calmness" and deep philosophical knowledge when he met him the first time.
  • Mentors: Eminem and (to a lesser extent) Dr. Dre.
  • Metallicar Syndrome: Aversion: "Gotta Make It to Heaven"
    In the hood they identify niggaz by they cars / So I switch off bass to stay off the radar
  • Murder Ballad
  • Narcissist: Not that this isn't the norm for his brand of rap, but you'd think he'd at least come up with a more inventive album cover.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: His film career (with a filmography rivalling that of Nicolas Cage in recent years) is basically this.
  • Not Quite Dead: One would think shooting a guy nine times would finish him off.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's one of the richest musicians alive. Most of it isn't through music.
    • Does this really count if his endeavors outside of music are highlighted in almost all of his interviews and even some of his music? The very first line of "I Get Money" is about his deal with Vitamin Water.
  • Parental Abandonment: He's never even met his father.
  • Playing with Syringes: The beginning of the video for "In Da Club" features 50 being designed by scientists in a lab, while Dr. Dre and Eminem look on approvingly in lab coats.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Got some of this from the Game, whom 50 kicked out of G-Unit for "disloyalty" at what proved to be the high point of both artists' careers.
    • He's also been getting this recently from some of the rest of G-Unit.
  • Rags to Riches: He's one of the few musicians that can't be accused of selling out, as his entire thing is this trope.
  • Raised by Grandparents
  • Scary Black Man: Many rappers are scared to beef with 50 Cent.
  • Take That!: He literally built his career on this trope.
  • Turn of the Millennium
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Well, it's either that or a bulletproof vest.
  • Web Original: a lot. He really loves to use the Internet for promotion. Some videos that he produces are made to promote other artists and others as Take Thats against other musicians that he dislikes. Some of them are really funny.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Although not always for music. That being said his last feature outside of the world of rap was, er, Nicole Scherzinger.