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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.]

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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
Andre Young   Composer
Terence Dudley   Producer
Rockwilder   Producer
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
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
This CD is so excellent and he is very talented and truthful the new TUPAC......
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
Fifty gonna shut every other record label down!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
yo this cd is really great. i cant put it down. 50 Cent really has his stuff together.
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
Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is a great first album from 50 Cent. The production is blazing and you notice that when you listen to this album. The only weak song is blood hound, and the lyrics are good. I would actually give this cd a 4.5 but its closer to 5 than 4. My favourite songs: Patiently Waiting, Many Men, Wanksta, Lifes on the line, In da club and Dont push me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a total waste of 15 bucks. This guy sucks... D12 is better than THIS guy! Don't be as stupid as I was. If I could, I'd give this zero stars...it's that bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD and it was off the hook. Every song was so good I could listen to it all day. Peace I'm out
Guest More than 1 year ago
50 is the most unoriginal, uninspired rapper in music today, to compare this guy to tupac is ridiculous, tupac was about revolution, while 50 is about snitching, 50 mumbles throughout the scene, very unoriginal This is why the so-called label shady/aftermath sucks
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
this album is da bomb! he is a genius!i cant stop listening to it and the dvd is just so funny! keep goin' fifty!
Guest More than 1 year ago
50 came just in time when the rap game was SLOW!! now hes the hottest.. the best album out in a long time its great theres like 13 songs i LOVE with crazy beats you need to get this album its HOTTT and not only is his beat hot look at him!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
no way does it suck, it is THE BEST album i have ever owned. If you dont like this cd then theres something very wrong with you. 50 Cent has the skills and talent to be the best rapper ever, and he tops it off with the very best of the tracks. i couldnt believe how great it was when i bought it. I thought he would just be another rapper trying to make a little extra cash by making an album, but noooooo. if i could give this 10 million stars, that wouldnt be enough to say how great it is, so if yoiu dont have it, buy it now... if you have it.... i dont care.
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
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
50 Cent is the Best Rapper Around! I Got His Limited Edition CD/DVD The Day It Came Out. His CD is Awsome. I Really Like The Song Patiently Waiting With Eminem. That Song Stood Out The Most to Me. Overall This Cd Is All Good! It Has No Filler Like Ja Rule's Latest Cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this cd Christmas 2003 and every song sounds great. My favorite songs are In da club and Patiently waiting. I listen as much as the day I got it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of 50 Cent now and days. In my opinion he's gone pop, but on this album of his, he holds it down. My favorite song is "Many Men" because it has a great feel and a melodic flow that's very dark. My other favorite is "High All The Time" because 50 tells hood stories much like Biggie did on his debut album. The rest of the album's good too, but these two songs are the deepest and truest in my opinion. I like this CD and I wish 50 would've stayed with this syle instead of going more R&B. Main point is get this, because it is very very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who ever says this cd is wack is either a ja rule fan or jus deaf cuz dis is one of the best cds ever made and even the so called great rapper nas said that hip hop felt alive when get rich came out so yall need to stop hatin yaadadamean gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg g unit west
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
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
50 is the man! His cds are mad good, all of them. I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a few of his mixtapes from ebay and I LOVE everything he spits..This cd is the best - its worth the money cuz you will NEVER put it down - once you listen - you can stop!
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
ITs exclent expecialy the song "Wat up gangsta" Outstanding!!!!!!