50 Cent


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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson was a former crack dealer from New York turned rapper who scored immediately with Power of the Dollar (1999), a catchy product for the masses produced by "Trackmasters" (i.e. the duo of Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier and Samuel "Tone" Barnes). After a couple of assassination attempts, Jackson was rediscovered by Eminem and rapidly became a rap superstar: Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003), the album with In da Club, offered a crossover of gangsta rap into pop music. The album remained for years the best-selling gangsta rap album. Thanks to that album, hip-hop music moved into the mainstream and became to dominate the sales charts. Its influence on the New York scene was enormous because 50 Cent's style de facto replaced the classic "boom-bap" sound of New York and for a long time the New York scene would remain a relatively derivative one, even a caricature of its "gansta" style of the 1990s.

The Massacre (2005) reinforced that position of stardom.

There was, however, very little content on Curtis (2007) and Before I Self Destruct (2009).

50 Cent was again influential in shaping the decline of the New York scene: when in 2007 Kanye West's album Graduation outsold 50 Cent's Curtis in its first week, it heralded the dawn of a new age of hip-hop music, no longer ruled from New York.

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