Born Curtis James Jackson III in Queens, New York.
He is arrested on felony drug charges for selling cocaine to an undercover NYPD officer.
Is arrested when police searching his home find heroin and crack, drug packaging material, and a starter gun. He spends seven months in a youth "shock incarceration" boot camp.
His girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins gives birth to their son, Marquise Jackson.
Signs with Columbia Records.
His parole term comes to an end.
Releases his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Interscope Records gives him his own label, G-Unit Records.
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is certified seven times platinum by the RIAA.
Appears on an episode of the Simpsons entitled, "Pranksta Rap."
Releases the album The Massacre. The song's first single, "Candy Shop," becomes a massive hit. The second single, "Just A Lil' Bit," goes to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Publishes his memoir, From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens.
The film Get Rich or Die Tryin' is released. It is a semi-autobiographical account of his life. That night, 30-year-old Shelton Flowers is shot to death after an argument with another man near the concession stand inside a Loews multiplex in Homestead, Pennsylvania after a showing of the movie.
On ABC's The View, 50 Cent speaks about the shooting: "I feel for the victim's family in this situation. But you know, these weren't kids. This was a 30-year-old man [who] had a dispute with three other guys."
Stars in the film Home of the Brave, a film about a soldier who is traumatized by his experiences in the Iraq War.
Starts a film production company called G-Unit Films.
His third album, Curtis, debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200.
Starts a film production company called Cheetah Vision.