50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, grew up in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens in New York City. He grew up without a father and was raised by his bisexual mother Sabrina Jackson, whogave birth to him at the age of 15. Sabrina, who was a cocaine dealer, raised Jackson until the age of 8, when she was murdered. At the age of 23, she became unconscious after someone drugged herdrink. She was then left for dead after the gas in her apartment was turned on and the windows shut closed. After her death, Jackson moved into his grandparents house with his eight aunts anduncles. He recalls, "My grandmother told me, 'Your mother's not coming home. She's not gonna come back to pick you up. You're gonna stay with us now.' That's when I started adjusting to the streets alittle bit." He has a cousin, Michael Francis, who raps under the stage name "Two Five".
Jackson began boxing around the age of 11. In the early 1980s, he competed in the Junior Olympics as anamateur fighter. He aspired to fight in the Golden Gloves boxing tournament but was too young to compete. Jackson recounts, "I was competitive in the ring and hip-hop is competitive too. In somany ways they're similar. I think rappers condition themselves like boxers, so they all kind of feel like they're the champ."
When Jackson was 12 years old, he was dealing narcotics. He commentedthat selling drugs was "easy" since much of people he knew when he was young did so. Jackson regularly hid cocaine from his grandmother and took guns and drug money to school. In the 10th grade, hewas eventually caught by metal detectors at Andrew Jackson High School. He later stated, "I was embarrassed that I got arrested like that. That's the worst way to get arrested. After I got arrested Istopped hiding it. I was telling my grandmother [openly], 'I sell drugs.'"
On June 29, 1994, Jackson was arrested for helping to sell four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer. He...