Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the debut studio album by American rapper 50 Cent. It was released on February 6, 2003, by Interscope Records, Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, Eminem's Shady Records, and 50 Cent's G-Unit Records. After signing with Eminem, 50 Cent (who also executive produced the album) also worked heavily with Dr. Dre, with the duo acting as the album's executive producers, who worked to combine the gangsta rap and R&B combo prevalent in New York hip hop. Additional production is provided by Mike Elizondo, Sha Money XL (who also executive produced the album), Mr. Porter, Rockwilder, Dirty Swift, Megahertz, and more. The album also contains guest appearances from Eminem, Young Buck, and Nate Dogg, as well as features from G-Unit co-members Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Prior to the album, 50 Cent released several mixtapes alongside the Trackmasters on an unreleased album widely believed to be his debut in 2000. However, after suffering legal troubles and being blackballed from the music industry, 50 Cent found difficulty in securing another major-label recording contract, until he signed with Eminem's Shady Records in 2002. Released a week in advance to combat bootlegging and internet leakage, Get Rich or Die Tryin' debuted and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 872,000 copies in its first week of sales. The album's singles also saw worldwide success, with both "In da Club" and "21 Questions" reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, while "P.I.M.P." became a number one hit in several countries. The album was ranked number one on the Billboard Year-End 2003 and received generally positive reviews from music critics. Get Rich or Die Tryin' was ranked by several publications as one of the best albums of the 2000s. In 2020, it was certified 9× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was the best-selling album of 2003 in the US, and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 46th Grammy Awards. It won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album at 2003 American Music Awards and Top Billboard 200 Album at the 2003 Billboard Music Awards. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked the album number 280 on their updated 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.Wikipedia
I do not really know why I have wasted my precious time listening to this. Lost nearly an hour just to witness some arrogant, chauvinistic lyrics written by a man whose opinion is of no consequence at all. 50 Cent full of himself, though (like, sadly, most rappers out there). I didn’t reach the bonus tracks in the album: my ears were already sour enough.
Love my rap hard and grimy and this fits the bill 100%. There's the classics, but even the lesser played songs hit hard
Honestly insane that this album still even sort of holds up almost 2 decades later. All the beats are catchy and many men and in da club are still bangers. Even the album length isn’t that bad since each song sounds pretty distinct
Really great album (as much as I hate to admit it). :) Standouts: In da Club, Man Men, PIMP, 21 Questions, Wankster, If I Can't The rest of the songs are pretty good too. 4/5
Never really listened to this at the time, but familiar with a lot of the tracks. Love the simplicity of the production/backing tracks - gives more space to focus on the lyrics. Would definitely consider listening again!
Love expanding my rap and gangster rap knowledge using this list. Like a lot of rap albums I think this is a hair too long, but otherwise is excellent. More 50 please.
OK, not bad.
Hit after hit.
Definitely nostalgic. A great gangsta rap album. Far less offensive than I remember.
Didn't hate it, which I thought I would.
honestly surprisingly tight album with tons of amazing tracks and energy, not much to say besides i’m definitely going to revisit it again!
"I'm similar to a squirrel, looking for a slut with a nice butt to get a nut" Modern day Shakespeare.
06/03/2022 Outside of the single, there's not much here that's happening or really standing-out as an "all timer."
I like the singles, and I like the collabs with other artists. But other than that, Mr Cent was not singing the songs for me. But then I don’t think he was trying to…
I’m rappin I’m rappin
Classic for its time but not sure it aged well
There is some good stuff on here, but the filler is pretty mediocre. Definitely could have cut a few tracks and it would have made for a better album.
3.4 - never listened to this before. Solid album of harder ramp, enjoyed the singles I’d heard elsewhere more than anything I discovered on this listen, but it was a worthwhile listen. The rhythm guitar on “In da club” will never not bring a smile to my face.
A lot of rap / hip-hop is tough in an album format. Filter out the singles and the features, you're left with a lot of meh that shouldn't have been recorded. And that's what you get with 50 Cent's 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'". His backstory and mythology made him popular with this album's release. Tie that in with the hit singles and Eminem collaborations, you've got some good tracks. But the filler drags this album down. The sound didn't age well, combined with the constant G-Unit shoutouts made this listening experience drag on. The album could've been 15 minutes shorter and been more successful. 3/5.
A few good songs, a lot of unremarkable songs that seems like background gangsta music.
Meh. Couple of old nostalgic classics but that's it.
High school, is that you I'm hearing??? Nostalgia but also bleh.
Surprised myself by enjoying this but the shine wore off as it went on
Hmmm. Some interesting beats and production with a couple of great tracks, but in general can't help feeling that by the time this was released it had all been done before and better. 50s tales of the streets seem slightly dull and lifeless, competently delivered, but lack either visceral, connection or humour. It just left me a bit bored.
50 has strong singles and a consistent voice, and the bass peaks distinctively throughout. But the last half of the runtime fades away into mist. Solid, though not sure it left many echoes in music.
This was a tough journey. Relentless strutting and name dropping.
Even as someone super into hiphop around this time, this was always a novelty act. Can only think it's on this list as an example of gangster rap but then BIG and DMX have that dark style down better and Xibit from the same period massively outshines him. Production is slick but don't like his style of rapping at all.
Mumbly fucking boring hip hop. And the album just goes on and on.
Hasn’t aged well and outside of the hits it sounds decidedly one note. My gf’s father summed it up nicely after once being subjected to some of this album remarking, “This is 50 Cents is it? He isn’t worth 5 cents!”
50 cent is the soundtrack to breaking into cars to steal loose change so you can buy cigarettes. It's the sound of a cultural cesspool. I know as a white guy I'm not meant to say that, but fuuuck it's true. It's just bottom of the barrel trashy shit: some idiot carrying on about doing/dealing drugs, getting in fights and fucking hoes. Imagine being such a bottom feeder that "tough" shit like this is how you measure your success. It doesn't even sound any good - most of the time he's trailing by half a beat, slurring his way through like he's just had a hit of horse tranquilizer. Oh and it goes for over an hour. 1/5.
Eminem added a little energy. Otherwise this was just treading water. The lyrics were a complete turn off for me.
Wanksta indeed. This was okay but doesn’t really speak to me and is way too long.