Get Rich or Die Tryin' (album)

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Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Studio album by 50 Cent
Released February 6, 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre Hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 69:32
Label Aftermath, Interscope, Shady
Producer Dr. Dre (also exec.), Eminem (also exec.), Sean Blaze, Darrell Branch, Dirty Swift, DJ Rad, Terence Dudley, Mike Elizondo, John "J-Praize" Freeman, Megahertz, Denaun Porter, Red Spyda, Reef, Rockwilder, Sha Money XL
50 Cent chronology
Guess Who's Back?
(2002)
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
(2003)
The Massacre
(2005)
Singles from Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  1. "In da Club"
    Released: January 7, 2003
  2. "21 Questions"
    Released: April 29, 2003
  3. "P.I.M.P."
    Released: August 12, 2003
  4. "If I Can't"
    Released: September 16, 2003

Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the debut studio album of American rapper 50 Cent, released February 6, 2003, on Aftermath Entertainment under a joint venture with Shady Records and distribution by Interscope Records. Its initially planned release was pushed seven days ahead due to heavy bootlegging and Internet leakage. The album featured production from Dr. Dre and Eminem, among others and featured guest appearances from Eminem and then-newcomers Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.

The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 872,000 copies in its first week.1 It spawned four singles, including the number 1-hits "In da Club" and "21 Questions", and the international single "P.I.M.P.". By December 2003, Get Rich or Die Tryin' had sold six million copies in the United States and was certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. As of 2013, it has sold nine million copies in the US, making it the fourth highest selling hip hop album of all time in the US.2 Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from most music critics and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, losing to OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below at the 46th Grammy Awards. It ranked Number 37 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of best albums of the 2000's.

Background

In 2002, Eminem listened to a copy of 50 Cent's Guess Who's Back? mixtape album through Jackson's attorney, who was working with Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg.3 After being impressed with the mixtape, Eminem invited 50 Cent to Los Angeles where he was introduced to producer Dr. Dre.4 50 Cent signed a one million dollar record deal with Dr. Dre and released his next mixtape, No Mercy, No Fear. It featured the 8 Mile single, "Wanksta", which was later put on Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Both Eminem and Dr. Dre had started working-productions on his debut album with additional help from producers Mike Elizondo, Sha Money XL among others. The first single "In da Club" was the first of seven tracks he recorded in five days with Dr. Dre. The next single "21 Questions" was not in line to be on the album to Dr. Dre, he stated that he did not want the song on the album. According to 50 Cent, "Dre was, like, 'How you goin' to be gangsta this and that and then put this sappy love song on?'"5 50 Cent responded saying, "I'm two people. I've always had to be two people since I was a kid, to get by. To me that's not diversity, it's necessity."5 "Back Down" and "Heat" were instrumentals originally composed by Rakim, Tommy Coster and Dr. Dre. They were both originally intended to be used on Rakim's debut Aftermath album, Oh My God, but due to creative differences was not released. Early pressings of Get Rich or Die Tryin' included a limited edition bonus DVD.

Singles

The album's lead single, "In da Club", was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), becoming 50 Cents' first song to top the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks and remained on the charts for twenty-two weeks.67 The track also reached number one on the Top 40 Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Hot Rap Tracks charts.8 The song reached number one in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland and the top five in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It received two Grammy nominations for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song. This is considered to be one of the best rap songs of all time, introducing a new sound and rhythm to rap. It was listed at number 18 on VH1's "100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time".

Its second single, "21 Questions", became 50 Cent's second chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for four non-consecutive weeks. It spent seven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Outside the States, "21 Questions" reached number six in the United Kingdom. It was certified gold by the RIAA. The third single "P.I.M.P." was shipped with a remix featuring rapper Snoop Dogg and trio-group G-Unit. It was the third single that peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on "Hot Rap Tracks", becoming the third single from the album to peak in the top then on the "Hot 100" chart. It also reached number one in Canada. It was certified Gold by RIAA. The album's final single, "If I Can't", peaked at number seventy-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and thirty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

Commercial performance

Get Rich or Die Tryin' debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 872,000 copies in its first week.9 On December 9, 2003, the album was certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of six million copies.10 It was among the best selling albums of the decade, selling 12 million copies by the end of the year.1112 It remains as 50 Cent's best-selling album to date, with sales of over 9,000,000 copies in the United States making it the fourth highest selling rap album of all-time in the United States.13 In Russia, the album was certified 5x platinum, selling 120,000 copies.14

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars15
Blender 4/5 stars16
Entertainment Weekly (B)17
The Guardian 3/5 stars18
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars19
The New York Times (favorable)20
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)21
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars22
USA Today 3/4 stars23
XXL 5/5 stars (XXL)24

Viewed as a classic upon its release,25 Get Rich or Die Tryin' has been called the most hyped rap debut in over a decade.15 At Metacritic, it holds an aggregate score of 73 out of 100, based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".26

Allmusic writer Jason Birchmeier called the album impressive and incredibly calculated in his positive four star review.15 Rolling Stone's Christian Hoard commended 50 Cent's undeniable showcase of skill, radio-ready tracks, and marketable thug persona in addition to the album's production for its dark synth grooves, buzzy keyboards, and persistently funky bounce.22 Brett Berliner of Stylus Magazine gave Get Rich or Die Tryin' a B rating and commended 50 Cent for his variety as a rapper.27 It is one of only 19 rap albums to receive a perfect rating from XXL magazine.24 In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau gave the album a two-star honorable mention ((2-star Honorable Mention)),28 indicating a "likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy."29 He cited "What Up Gangsta" and "Patiently Waiting" as highlights and quipped, "Gets no cuter as his character unfolds."30

Accolades

"In da Club" earned the number-one spot on Billboard 2003's single and album of the year, the first since Ace of Base had both in the same year. Album cut "Back Down" was listed on XXL's list of the greatest diss tracks of all time.31 In December 2009, Billboard magazine ranked Get Rich or Die Tryin' at number 12 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade.32 In 2012 Complex named Get Rich or Die Tryin one of the classic albums of the last decade.33

Track listing

  • All songs were co-written by 50 Cent.
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"       0:06
2. "What Up Gangsta"   Curtis Jackson Rob "Reef" Tewlow 2:59
3. "Patiently Waiting" (featuring Eminem) Mike Elizondo, Luis Resto, M. Mathers Eminem 4:48
4. "Many Men (Wish Death)"   Darrell Branch, F. Perren, K. St. Lewis, Luis Resto Darrell "Digga" Branch, Eminem (add.), Luis Resto (add.) 4:16
5. "In da Club"   Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo (co.) 3:13
6. "High All the Time"   C. Hampton, C. Almonacy, H. Banks, Luis Resto, M. Mathers, M. Clervoix DJ Rad, Eminem (co.), Sha Money XL (co.) 4:29
7. "Heat"   Tommy Coster, Andre Young, Mike Elizondo Dr. Dre 4:14
8. "If I Can't"   Andre Young, Mike Elizondo Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo (co.) 3:16
9. "Blood Hound" (featuring Young Buck) S. Henderson, D. Brown Sean Blaze 4:00
10. "Back Down"   Andre Young, Mike Elizondo Dr. Dre 4:03
11. "P.I.M.P."   D. Porter Mr. Porter 4:09
12. "Like My Style" (featuring Tony Yayo) D. Stinson, M. Bernard, Alla Borisovna Pugacheva Rockwilder 3:13
13. "Poor Lil Rich"   M. Clervoix Sha Money XL, Eminem (add.) 3:19
14. "21 Questions" (featuring Nate Dogg) J. Cameron, V. Cameron, K. Risto Dirty Swift of Midi Mafia 3:44
15. "Don't Push Me" (featuring Lloyd Banks and Eminem) Luis Resto, M. Mathers, C. Lloyd Eminem 4:08
16. "Gotta Make It to Heaven"   C. Jackson, D. Wesley, Alla Borisovna Pugacheva Megahertz 4:01
17. "Wanksta" (bonus track) J. Freeman , M. Clervoix John "J-Praize" Freeman (mixed by Dr. Dre) 3:39
18. "U Not Like Me" (bonus track) A. Thelusma Red Spyda 4:15
19. "Life's on the Line" (bonus track) T. Dudley Terence Dudley 3:38
Sample credits
  • "Many Men (Wish Death)" contains a sample of "Out of the Picture" by Tavares
  • "21 Questions" contains a sample of "It's Only Love Doing Its Thing" by Barry White
  • "Patiently Waiting" contains a sample of "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dogg feat. Daz Dillinger
  • "If I Can't" contains a sample of "Peter Piper" by Run-DMC
  • "Poor Lil Rich" contains a sample of "Your Life's on the Line" by 50 Cent

Personnel

Credits for Get Rich or Die Tryin' adapted from Allmusic.34

Charts

Chart (2003)35 Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart35 4
Austrian Albums Chart35 16
Belgian Flanders Albums Chart35 3
Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart35 14
Canadian Albums Chart36 1
Danish Albums Chart35 6
Dutch Albums Chart35 5
Finnish Albums Chart35 11
French Albums Chart35 12
Greek Foreign Albums Chart37 3
Hungarian Albums Chart38 17
Italian Albums Chart35 13
New Zealand Albums Chart35 3
Norwegian Albums Chart35 5
Swedish Albums Chart35 8
Swiss Albums Chart35 8
UK Albums Chart 2
US Billboard 20036 1
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums36 1

Certifications

Country Certification
Australia 2× Platinum39
Belgium Platinum40
Canada 6× Platinum41
Denmark Gold42
Europe Platinum43
France Gold44
Germany Gold45
Greece Gold37
Ireland Platinum46
Japan Gold47
New Zealand 2× Platinum48
Norway Gold49
Russia 3× Platinum50
Sweden Gold51
Switzerland Platinum52
United Kingdom 3× Platinum53
United States 9× Platinum54

See also

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