On Thursday (Jan. 30), rapper/actor/producer 50 Cent received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place just 10 days before the finale of the producer’s hit Starz show Power, as Fox 5 reports.
Notables joined the rapper in front of The W Hollywood Hotel and Hollywood Hamburger at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, including Dr. Dre and Eminem.
50 Cent, whose given name is Curtis James Jackson III, said that he received a phone call from singer Mary. J. Blige, earlier, to congratulate him on the honor.
“I told her I was nervous, and she was like, `What are you nervous about?’ I said just because it’s starting to feel really important because of who’s coming,” he said. “This is a different experience. I’ve been to awards shows, and when you win at the awards shows there’s some people there, they feel like they should have won. … But you know, this one is different because everybody is in the same space, everybody fees the same way about it. I just want to say thank you, thanks for supporting me.”
Jackson’s star is the 2,686th since the completion of the Walk of Fame. It was built in 1961. Jackson came to fame in 2003 with his debut studio album, Get Rich or Die Tryin. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and it was also the best-selling album of 2003. It sold 12 million copies worldwide.
50 Cent won his only Grammy at the 2010 award ceremony for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Crack A Bottle.”
In addition to being a rapper, Jackson is also a music, film, and television producer, having founded G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. in 2005.
“I think one of the things I noticed when he first walked into the room was his presence, right, because it just kinda felt like he’s gonna be a star, like just the way he carried himself, swagger, everything. It just seemed like he was the whole package,” Eminem said, as E Online reports.
“What’s crazy about it to me is the charisma and the personality matched the intensity of his music and that first album is so classic.”