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Get Rich or Die Tryin

50 Cent

February 6th, 2003

Birth Name:
Curtis James Jackson III

50 Cent

Hip Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s


50 Cent/G-Unit
50 Cent/G-Unit
Hip-Hop/R&B: 2005
Hip-Hop/R&B: 2003

50 Cent


Though he would later struggle with the nature of his fame as well as market expectations, 50 Cent endured substantial obstacles throughout his young yet remarkably dramatic life before becoming the most discussed figure in rap, if not pop music in general, circa 2003. Following an unsuccessful late-'90s run at mainstream success (foiled by an attempt on his life in 2000) and a successful run on the New York mixtape circuit (driven by his early-2000s bout with Ja Rule), Eminem signed 50 Cent to a seven-figure contract in 2002 and helmed his quick rise toward crossover success in 2003. The product of a broken home in the rough Jamaica neighborhood of Queens and, in turn, the storied hood's hustling streets themselves, 50 Cent lived everything most rappers write rhymes about but not all actually experience: drugs, crimes, imprisonments, stabbings, and most infamously of all, shootings. Of course, such experiences became 50 Cent's rhetorical stock-in-trade. He reveled in his oft-told past, he called out wannabe gangstas, and he made headlines. He even looked like the ideal East Coast hardcore rapper: big-framed with oft-showcased biceps, abs, and tattoos as well as his trademark bulletproof vest, pistol, and iced crucifix. But all-importantly, 50 Cent may have fit the mold of a prototypical hardcore rapper, but he could also craft a catchy hook. As a result, his music crossed over to the pop market, appealing to both those who liked his roughneck posturing and rags-to-riches story as well as those who liked his knack for churning out naughty singalong club tracks. And too, 50 Cent didn't forget about his posse. He helped his G-Unit crew grow into a successful franchise, spawning platinum-selling solo albums for his group members, lucrative licensing deals for the brand name, and sell-out arena tours to promote the franchise internationally. By the time of his third album (Curtis, 2007), however, 50 Cent faced a formidable backlash, particularly among hip-hop purists, who were displeased by his turn toward crossover pop-rap and thus away from street-level credibility.

Top Albums

Get Rich or Die Tryin', 50 Cent
1. Get Rich or ..
The Massacre, 50 Cent
2. The Massacre
Before I Self Destruct (Deluxe Version), 50 Cent
3. Before I Sel..
Get Rich or Die Tryin', 50 Cent
4. Get Rich or ..
Curtis, 50 Cent
5. Curtis
Curtis, 50 Cent
6. Curtis
Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, 50 Cent
7. Get Rich or ..
Before I Self-Destruct - The Selects, 50 Cent
8. Before I Sel..
The Massacre (Special Edition), 50 Cent
9. The Massacre..
Best Friend (Remix) - Single, 50 Cent
10. Best Friend ..
Curtis, 50 Cent
11. Curtis
The Massacre (Special Edition), 50 Cent
12. The Massacre..
Before I Self-Destruct - The Selects, 50 Cent
13. Before I Sel..
God's Plan, 50 Cent
14. God's Plan
P.I.M.P. (Sessions@AOL) - Single, 50 Cent
15. P.I.M.P. (Se..
The Massacre, 50 Cent
16. The Massacre
Right There (The Remixes) [feat. 50 Cent], Nicole Scherzinger
17. Right There ..
In Da Hood - Single, 50 Cent
18. In Da Hood -..
How We Do (feat. 50 Cent) - Single, Game
19. How We Do (f..
I'll Whip Ya Head Boy (Remix) - Single, 50 Cent
20. I'll Whip Ya..

Top Songs

Down On Me (feat. 50 Cent)All About You (Deluxe Editi..3:48$1.29
In da ClubGet Rich or Die Tryin'3:13$1.29
In da ClubGet Rich or Die Tryin'3:13$1.29
Candy ShopMassacre3:29$1.29
Just a Lil BitMassacre3:57$1.29
21 QuestionsGet Rich or Die Tryin'3:44$1.29
P.I.M.P.Get Rich or Die Tryin'4:09$1.29
Patiently WaitingGet Rich or Die Tryin'4:48$0.69
Many Men (Wish Death)Get Rich or Die Tryin'4:16$1.29
Disco InfernoMassacre3:34$1.29
I Just Wanna (feat. Tony Yayo)I Just Wanna (feat. Tony Ya..3:28$1.29
Realist KillazTupac - Resurrection (Music..2:58$1.29
Crack a BottleRelapse4:57$1.29
Hate It or Love It (G Unit Remix)Massacre4:23$1.29
Best FriendGet Rich or Die Tryin' ..4:11$0.69
You Don't KnowEminem Presents the Re-Up (..4:17$1.29
I Get MoneyCurtis3:43$0.69
Ayo TechnologyCurtis4:07$1.29
Window ShopperGet Rich or Die Tryin' ..3:10$1.29
What Up GangstaGet Rich or Die Tryin'2:59$1.29
I'll Whip Ya Head BoyGet Rich or Die Tryin' ..3:56$1.29
Wanksta (Soundtrack Version)Get Rich or Die Tryin'3:39$1.29
Buzzin (Remix) [feat. 50 Cent]Buzzin (Remix) [feat. 50 Ce..3:44$1.29
If I Can'tGet Rich or Die Tryin'3:16$1.29
Hustler's AmbitionGet Rich or Die Tryin' ..3:57$1.29

Top Music Videos

Candy Shop (Alternate Version), 50 Cent & Olivia
1. Candy Shop (Al..
Ayo Technology, 50 Cent
2. Ayo Technology
P.I.M.P. (Snoop Dogg Remix), 50 Cent
3. P.I.M.P. (Snoo..
In da Club (Alternate Version), 50 Cent
4. In da Club (Al..
Outta Control (Remix) [Alternate Version], 50 Cent featuring Mobb Deep
5. Outta Control ..
Just a Lil Bit, 50 Cent
6. Just a Lil Bit
Down On Me, Jeremih & 50 Cent
7. Down On Me
Still Will, 50 Cent & Akon
8. Still Will
I Get Money (Edited Version), 50 Cent
9. I Get Money (E..
In da Club (International Version), 50 Cent
10. In da Club (In..
Many Men (Wish Death) [Dirty Version], 50 Cent
11. Many Men (Wish..
Baby By Me (Edited Version), 50 Cent & Ne-Yo
12. Baby By Me (Ed..
Wanksta (Alternate Version), 50 Cent
13. Wanksta (Alter..
Amusement Park, 50 Cent
14. Amusement Park
OK, You're Right, 50 Cent
15. OK, You're Rig..
Candy Shop (Edited Version), 50 Cent & Olivia
16. Candy Shop (Ed..
Mujeres In the Club, Wisin & Yandel & 50 Cent
17. Mujeres In the..
Get Up, 50 Cent
18. Get Up
Best Friend (Remix), 50 Cent featuring Olivia
19. Best Friend (R..
Do You Think About Me, 50 Cent
20. Do You Think A..


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