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More so than any other music since the blues hip-hop is all about stories And its stories are both criminal minded and grand making them enthralling and unbelievable but also making them only as interesting and convincing as the teller Thats why despite being blackballed by the industry without a major-label recording contract heads still gravitated to Jamaica Queens realest son 50 Cent like the planets to the sun 50 Cent born Curtis Jackson 26 years ago is the real deal the genuine article Hes a man of the streets intimately familiar with its codes and its violence but still 50 an incredibly intelligent and deliberate man holds himself with a regal air as if above the pettiness which surrounds him Couple his true-life hardship with his knack for addictive syrupy hooks its clear that 50 has exactly what it takes to ride down the road to riches and diamond rings 50 is real so he does real things Born into a notorious Queens drug dynasty during the late 70s 50 Cent lost those closest to him at an early age Raised without a father 50s mother whose name carried weight in the street hint hint dummies was found dead under mysterious circumstances before he could hit his teens The orphaned youth was taken in by his grandparents who provided for 50 But his desire for things would drive him to the block Which in his case was the infamous New York Avenue now known as Guy R Brewer Blvd There 50 stepped up to get his rep up amassing a small fortune and a lengthy rap sheet But the birth of his son put things in perspective for the post adolescent and 50 began to pursue rap seriously He signed with JMJ the label of Run DMC DJ Jam Master Jay and began learning his trade JMJ would teach the young buck to count bars and structure songs Unfortunately caught up in industry
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