Turning Point: The Moment Your Favorite Artist Became a Superstar

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  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem
  • 50 Cent
  • Lil Wayne
  • Drake
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Beyoncé
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Mariah Carey
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Usher
  • Pharrell
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Alicia Keys
  • Adele
  • Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Jay Z
  • Jay Z
  • Kanye West
  • Rihanna
  • Chris Brown

50 Cent

Few artists have made the rapid ascent from relative obscurity to super stardom in the way Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson did in 2003. Tracking the arrival of the Queens MC is as easy as remembering the first time you heard his ubiquitous hit "In Da Club" or the infamous tale of him surviving nine shots. The song was everywhere and the story was in every magazine from GQ to XXL. Signing to Eminen and Dr. Dre’s Shady/Aftermath immediately set the stage for Fif’s classic debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which led to his reign as a hip hop king.

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