He also started tuning in to rap music, and soon he was writing rhymes like his favorite musicians, LL Cool J and 2 Live Crew.
By high school, Mathers was skipping most of his classes, and focusing his energies on his music.
He dreamed about breaking into the music business but was not sure he should give it a try.
When his son, Marquise, was born, 50 Cent knew it was time to make a change: he decided to stop dealing drugs and start making music.
When he was twelve, the family finally put down roots in the east side of Detroit.