50 Cent (Curtis James Jackson III) is an American hip-hop artist and actor, born in 1975 in New York. He was ranked by Billboard Magazine as the top rap artist of the 2000s. Eminem discovered him in 2002 and signed him to Shady\Interscope Records. In 2003, his first major label album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was certified platinum nine times. Other records he has released include The Massacre, Curtis, Before I Self Destruct, and Animal Ambition.