Ask your grandmother what she knows about 50 Cent, and she'll sing you the lyrics to "I Whip Ya Head Boy" tell you he got shot nine times. Ask your mother about him, and she'll tell you that he was a drug dealer. Ask your older brother, and he'll wax poetic about how 50 has less compassion than a puppy euthanizer, and he'll go on and on about how 50 destroyed Ja Rule's career, made a gazillion dollars off of Vitaminwater...and then bring up the fact he got shot nine times.

Few rappers have done a better job selling—and let's be honest, mythologizing—their life story than Curtis Jackson. That narrative certainly helped make his classic debut, Get Rich Or Die Tryin', the commercial smash it was when it topped the charts 10 years ago, today. The G-Unit general is one of the grittiest pop stars ever. One full decade later, a sizable portion of his life story has become hip-hop folklore—something even casual rap fans are well aware of. But there's a lot about 50 people overlook and flat-out don't know.

We did some digging, and came up with these: the 50 Things You Didn't Know About 50 Cent.

This is 50.

Written by Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)

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