Happy Birthday 40th birthday, 50 Cent! Help us greet 50 Cent by SHARING this post.[youtube clipid="GO22Z0T3qPE" autoplay="0"]Today at Hip Hop My Way, we’re celebrating the career of hip hop music / entrepreneur mastermind 50 Cent. Curtis Jackson grew up in the inner city of NYC in the SOUTH JAMAICA, QUEENS neighborhood. Despite growing up in a broken home during the crack cocaine epidemic in the 80s, the former drug dealer defeated the odds en route to success, including infamously surviving a violent attack on his life. After surviving a career defining and life changing nine shots, 50 aka Ferrari became one hip hop’s biggest stars ever.50 Cent took his hustler spirit and applied it to his dreams of becoming a legendary recording artist. In 2002, the Shady Records signee released “Get Rich or Die Trying,” and his debut LP has since sold over 10 million units. From then on, there was no looking back for the Queens native.Taking after his mentors Eminem and Dr. Dre, 50 Cent would soon launch his record label. G-Unit Records would also experience success with each member of the group boasting multi-platinum releases. The innovator of sound decided to move his vision over to fashion, and launched G-Unit clothing in conjunction with Marc Ecko and the G-Unit sneaker as collaboration with Reebok. Continuing his momentum, the frequent jewelry rocker kept the good times rolling by launching his own watch line, which was also successful. In addition, around the same time as his successful fashion endeavors, 50 Cent fell in love with acting. First, he launched a semi-autobiography movie with MTV Films that was a major release in cinemas. Next, while sitting down with Robert Greene, the author of the successful The 48 Laws of Power, the rapper created his own version titled, The 50th Law.The entrepreneur with a thirst for success made his best business to date by investing in Vitamin Water and selling his share once the beverage grew in popularity. More recently, 50 Cent is now a celebrity spokesperson for Effen Vodka, direct competitor of Diddy’s Ciroc.In the world of professional sports, 50 Cent owns SMS Boxing Promotions, which was inspired by his headphones line, SMS Audio.What we like most about 50 Cent is his generosity. The rapper doesn’t hesitate to share his riches with the less fortunate, and is involved in philanthropic efforts to help aid hunger in America and Africa.