Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

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by 50 Cent

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Probably the most hyped debut album by a rap artist in about a decade, most likely since Snoop's Doggystyle (1993) or perhaps Nas' Illmatic (1994), 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' certainly arrived amid massive expectations. In fact, the expectations were


Probably the most hyped debut album by a rap artist in about a decade, most likely since Snoop's Doggystyle (1993) or perhaps Nas' Illmatic (1994), 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' certainly arrived amid massive expectations. In fact, the expectations were so massive that they overshadowed the music itself -- 50 becoming more of a phenomenon than simply a rapper -- so massive that you had to be skeptical, particularly given the marketing-savvy nature of the rap world. Even so, Get Rich is indeed an impressive debut, not quite on the level of such landmark debuts as the aforementioned ones by Snoop or Nas -- or those by Biggie, Wu-Tang, or DMX either -- but impressive nonetheless, definitely ushering in 50 as one of the truly eminent rappers of his era. The thing, though, is that 50 isn't exactly a rookie, and it's debatable as to whether or not Get Rich can be considered a true debut (see the unreleased Power of the Dollar [1999] and the Guess Who's Back? compilation [2002]). That debate aside, however, Get Rich plays like a blueprint rap debut should: there's a tense, suspenseful intro ("What Up Gangsta"), an ethos-establishing tag-team spar with Eminem ("Patiently Waiting"), a street-cred appeal ("Many Men [Wish Death]"), a tailor-made mass-market good-time single ("In da Club"), a multifaceted tread through somber ghetto drama (from "High All the Time" to "Gotta Make It to Heaven"), and finally three bonus tracks that reprise 50's previously released hits ("Wanksta," "U Not Like Me," "Life's on the Line") -- in that precise order. In sum, Get Rich is an incredibly calculated album, albeit an amazing one. After all, when co-executive producer Eminem raps, "Take some Big and some Pac/And you mix them up in a pot/Sprinkle a little Big L on top/What the f*ck do you got?" you know the answer. Give Em (who produces two tracks) and Dr. Dre (who does four) credit for laying out the red carpet here, and also give 50 credit for reveling brilliantly in his much-documented mystique -- from his gun fetish to his witty swagger, 50 has the makings of a street legend, and it's no secret. And though he very well could be the rightful successor to the Biggie-Jigga-Nas triptych, Get Rich isn't quite the masterpiece 50 seems capable of, impressive or not. But until he drops that truly jaw-dropping album -- or falls victim to his own hubris -- this will certainly do. [The clean version edits moments of profanity.]

Product Details

Release Date:
Interscope Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

50 Cent   Primary Artist
Tracie Spencer   Vocals
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Theron Feemster   Keyboards

Technical Credits

J.B. Freeman   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer,Producer
Tom Rounds   Engineer
Rob Tewlow   Composer,Producer
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Producer
Ted Wohlsen   Engineer
D. Stinson   Composer
Terence Dudley   Producer
Rockwilder   Producer
A. Young   Composer
Eminem   Producer
Carlisle Young   Engineer
Darrell Branch   Producer
DJ Rad   Producer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Denaun Porter   Composer,Producer
Sean Blaze   Producer,Engineer
Curtis Jackson   Composer
Megahertz   Producer
Red Spyda   Producer
Justin Bendo   Engineer
Dirty Swift   Producer

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fifty gonna shut every other record label down!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
has 10 tracks that i cant stop listening to, compared to everyone else that has 2 tracks or so
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the hotness right here. Forget bout Pimp Juice and Hova, 50 gonna leave ya noddin your head long after you stopped playin the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
yo this cd is really great. i cant put it down. 50 Cent really has his stuff together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is so excellent and he is very talented and truthful the new TUPAC......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this cd especially the song In Da Club i love that song it is up beat n u can really feel the base
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you ain't no wanksta then you have to buy this album if you don't get it then you must be crazy!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget a Jay Z or a Murda Inc. 50 is the hottest rapper since Notorius B.I.G. 4sho!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fiftty came out crazy on this album man !!!!! New style, tight beats, lovely tracks, just the perfect combination to let the Hip Hop industry recognize his awsome talent!!! Ya'll better take a chance to listen to tha album yo, Ain't never been nuttin' like tha be4!!!!!!! Never!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album! He really did his thing. If ur a hip hop fan go get this one. As a future rap star i really love this album, its not that commercial stuff out now . holla....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is off the chain, 50 cent is gonna get 5 mics or doubt about that. Every track has a raw beat and the lyrics are just sick. I just hope that every record is as good as this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not much to say, except In da club and ESPECIALLY Wanksta are the best rap songs out there currently. Hats off to 50 cent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey...I NOE 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin ish gonna be off the HOOK! I heard lots of songs from that album and it coo! I'm buyin it you should 2!
Guest More than 1 year ago
50 cent is perhaps the best MC to come out since Pac. All these other rappers like ja rule jay z and nelly are too dang poppy. 50 brings rap back to its roots that is the hardcore and rugged gangsta stuff. Songs like in the club, heat,pimp, and what up gangsta get your blood flowin and make ya not want to put your headphones off for this cd. If you dont buy this then you dont know anything bout rap. peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is def baby! 50 disses Ja and X on 2 tracks and the beats are too dope! It's a definite classic, gotta have it even if ya don't luv hip hop. One
Guest More than 1 year ago
50 came strong and the album is tight work. The beef between him and Ja Rule really sparked a flame in this album. Keep up the good work 50!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album is the beginning of a new error in hip-hop. Shying away from the pop sound that so many hip-hop artists are embracing, Queens rapper 50 cent is going all out for the streets on his debut album ¿get rich or die tryin¿.¿ Guest Appearances by his posse G-Unit, Nate Dogg, and the man that finally put him in the spotlight Eminem, He holds his own with endless bars of talent. With tracks like ¿back down¿, and ¿Heat¿ he shows his street cred, and that he won¿t take nonsense from anyone in the industry! And with club bangers like ¿In da Club¿, and ¿If I can¿t¿ he shows a lighter side with tracks you can bump to in the club. My personal favorite is ¿Many Men¿ where 50 talks about being shot, and is still standing after while many of his enemies fade away. Not taking too many shots at his rap peers he does go directly at Ja-rule with lyrics that attack Ja¿s street cred and heart! Also spitting at anyone who doubts his skills he states ¿If David can go against Goliath with a stone; I can go at Nas and Jigga both for the thrown! Maybe not yet a Jay-z, or Nas, he has definitely entered the rap game with one message. He is here to stay!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The New 50 Cent is Tight. There are many tight beats and Lyrics. I give It five or more stars. Keep it up 50!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
50 cent really is the next tupac. i dont think ive eva heard a betta album fa sho. he is the real deal. He cant be touched, hes doin his thing out there
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I've seen 50 cent on MTV and BET as well as other music channels, I've been feelin' him. He is the hottest rapper out there. He and his music both gets 5 stars. "50 is so fine I got to make him mine." I love 50. Everday and night I listen to his music. If they could rate 50 cent on a scale from 1 to 10 he would be off the chart. His music and him are both top quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is the album of the century. If you don't got it you have to get it trust me. If you like heat this is the album for you go cop it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
every real wanksta in chi-town needs to cop dis album and learn sumptin. Cause we know who da real wanksta is rii bout now!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i first heard 50 cent on the radio i was like he was a good rapper and actually talks about what goes on in the world and about clubs. 50 cent is a good rapper and is cute of course. his music is fun to listen to and very danceable. and his cd is crazy i like it very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
50 is kickin' on this new album! he's gunna smash out eminem and the biggest stars out there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fifty is the hottest rapper out right now. Not only is he a good rapper he is also sexy!!!!!!!!!!!!