A drug dealer, Sabrina raised Jackson until she died in a mysterious fire when Jackson was 8. I think rappers condition themselves like boxers, so they all kind of feel like they're the champ. In the tenth grade, he was caught by metal detectors at Andrew Jackson High School: After I got arrested I stopped hiding it. I was telling my grandmother [openly], 'I sell drugs.
He was arrested again three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine and a starting pistol. Although Jackson was sentenced to three to nine years in prison, he served six months in a boot camp and earned his GED. He has said that he did not use cocaine himself. I'm the same kind of person 50 Cent was. I provide for myself by any means. Beginnings Jackson began rapping in a friend's basement, where he used turntables to record over instrumentals.
Jay taught him how to count bars , write choruses , structure songs and make records. He credited Jam Master Jay for improving his ability to write hooks ,  and Jay produced Jackson's first unreleased album. They sent him to an upstate New York studio, where he produced thirty-six songs in two weeks;  eighteen were included on his album, Power of the Dollar.
Jackson explained the song's rationale: Shooting On May 24, , Jackson was attacked by a gunman outside his grandmother's former home in South Jamaica. After getting into a friend's car, he was asked to return to the house to get some jewelry; his son was in the house, and his grandmother was in the front yard.
Jackson was shot in the hand, arm, hip, both legs, chest and left cheek. They were driven to a hospital, where Jackson spent thirteen days. The alleged attacker, Darryl Baum, Mike Tyson 's close friend and bodyguard,  was killed three weeks later.
I was scared the whole time I was looking in the rear-view mirror like, 'Oh shit, somebody shot me in the face!
It burns, burns, burns. Once upon a Time in Southside Queens, he wrote: How much more damage could that shell have done? Give me an inch in this direction or that one, and I'm gone". When he left the hospital he stayed in the Poconos with his girlfriend and son, and his workout regime helped him develop a muscular physique. Unable to work in a U. They then got into all the markets on the mixtapes and all the mixtape DJs were messing with them. The mixtape featured one new track, " Wanksta ", which appeared on Eminem's 8 Mile soundtrack.
In March Jackson's second commercial album, The Massacre , sold 1. He released " Ok, You're Right ", produced by Dr. On September 3, Jackson posted a video  for the Soundkillers' Phoenix-  produced track, "Flight ", introducing his mixtape and book The 50th Law.
The song, with lyrics inspiring speculation about tension between Jackson and Jay-Z, was a bonus track on the iTunes version of Before I Self Destruct.
New business ventures In a Contactmusic. Dre amid rumors of tension between Jackson and Dre. It was ultimately delayed a year due to disagreements with Interscope Records, with Jackson saying that he would release it in November  with a different title than Black Magic. According to the book's publisher, the first-person novel about a year-old schoolyard bully "who finds redemption as he faces what he's done"  was scheduled for publication in January In a series of tweets Jackson told that the delay of his fifth album was due to disagreements with Interscope Records,  later suggesting that it would be released in November with his headphone line SMS by It will all be clear in the negotiations following me turning this actual album in.
And, of course, the performance and how they actually treat the work will determine whether you still want to stay in that position or not. We made two that are definite singles and the other two are the kinds of records that we been making, more aimed at my core audience, more aggressive, more of a different kind of energy to it. Departure from Interscope Main articles: Animal Ambition and Street King Immortal Jackson's fifth album, Street King Immortal, was initially scheduled for a summer release and postponed until November Its first promo single , " New Day " with Dr.
Dre and Alicia Keys , was released on July The song was produced by Dr. A solo version by Keys was leaked by her husband, Swizz Beatz. In January , Jackson said he planned to release Animal Ambition in the first quarter of the year, followed by Street King Immortal.
It's also because of the leverage of having the strong relationships with Eminem and Dr. They don't want me to be uncomfortable. They value our friendship to the point that they would never want [to jeopardize] it over that little bit of money.
The song, "Funeral", was released with a video on Forbes. Produced by Jake One, it is a continuation of "50 Bars" from a previous album; two more tracks were scheduled for release on March I outlined all the things that would be a part of prosperity, positive and negative [for Animal Ambition]. The song, produced by Remo the Hitmaker, features vocals from fellow American rappers 2 Chainz and T. He is financially invested in a highly diversified variety of industries.
Jackson is now involved in artist and talent management, record, television, and film production, footwear, apparel, fragrances, liquor, video games, mobile apps, book publishing, headphones and health drinks and dietary supplements. In October , Jackson became a beverage investor when he was given a minority share in the company in exchange for becoming a spokesperson after learning that he was a fan of the beverage.
The health conscious Jackson noted that he first learned of the product while at a gym in Los Angeles, and stated that "they do such a good job making water taste good. G-Unit Films in and Cheetah Vision in In over 18 months, Jackson has sold projects to six different networks. Among them was Power , a STARZ drama in which he not only co-stars but also serves as co-creator and executive producer. Power debuted in June and was renewed for a second season after one episode.
Ratings have been a success for Starz. The partnership coincides with Jackson's goal to feed a billion people in Africa during the next five years. It's our mission with Street King to really change children's lives around the world. The rapper was asked to take part in two promotional bottle signings, one in Oak Creek and another in Sun Prairie. Jackson made an appearance at Liquor Warehouse in Syracuse, New York on April 25, where he reportedly sold 1, bottles gallons of Jackson's signature liquor brand.
The joint venture is partnered between Jackson, basketball player Carmelo Anthony , baseball legend Derek Jeter and Mathias Ingvarsson, the former president of mattress powerhouse Tempur-Pedic. Jackson became the chief fashion designer for the brands single pair of Frigo boxers. Unable to sell his Connecticut mansion, Jackson postponed Before I Self-Destruct due to the severity of the economic downturn. His endorsements company G Unit Brands Inc. Jackson bought the stock in the company on November 30, , a week after it offered buyers million shares at 17 cents each.
Jackson later made a stock recommendation on Twitter, causing its share value to rise from four cents to nearly 50 cents 32p each, closing on Monday at 39 cents 25p. Jackson was later investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for breaching securities laws following his tweet which may have constituted allegations of Insider trading via his Pump and dump stock investment strategy. The app downloaded more than 1 million times since its launch in March and has more than 1 million users as of February In , he visited a platinum, palladium and iridium mine shaft in South Africa, and met with South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe in talks of purchasing an equity stake in the mine.
Licensed to promote in New York , he was in the process of being licensed in Nevada where most major fights are held in the U. A former amateur boxer, Jackson signed gold medalist and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and middleweight Olympic medalist Andre Dirrell.
They unveiled plans to challenge the box-office dominance of mixed martial arts and change the landscape of boxing with TMT Promotions. Wealth Jackson was the second wealthiest rapper in the hip hop industry, behind Jay-Z in The court filing says he also owes money to his stylist, his barber and his fitness coach.