What was rapper 50 Cent’s first major single?
In Da Club
After struggling for years in the New York City hip-hop scene, Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, scored a hit with “In Da Club,” the first single from his February 2003 album “Get Rich or Die Tryin.”
The song reached the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in March and stayed on the chart for 30 consecutive weeks. In May, Jackson released “21 Questions,” which performed almost as well as its predecessor. These two tracks vaulted the Queens-based artist to stardom, as fans connected with his slow-burning hooks and languid lyrical delivery. Jackson’s hardscrabble past, including a shooting that left him with nine bullet wounds, also bolstered his profile among listeners and fellow rappers. Sources: Billboard.
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, and investor. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. Although he left drug-dealing to pursue a musical career, in 2000 he was shot nine times. After Jackson released the compilation album Guess Who’s Back? in 2002, he was discovered by Eminem and signed by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.