If I Can't

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"If I Can't"
Single by 50 Cent
from the album Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Released September 16, 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre Hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 3:16
Label Shady/Aftermath/Interscope
Writer(s) Curtis Jackson
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo (co.)
50 Cent singles chronology
"P.I.M.P."
(2003)
"If I Can't"
(2003)
"On Fire"
(2004)

"If I Can't" is a song by American hip-hop artist 50 Cent, released as the fourth and final single from his debut studio album, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003). The song is one of four on the album to be produced by hip-hop producer Dr. Dre, with co-production from frequent collaborator Mike Elizondo. Musically, the song describes how 50 Cent believes that "if I [he] can't do it, (referring to anything), it can't be done".

Upon its release, the song was a reasonable commercial success: However, the song did not match the commercial success of the album's three previous singles, only peaking at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where the three previous singles had all peaked within the top three, and also peaked in the upper regions of several national charts, most successfully in the United Kingdom, peaking at number ten after being released as a double A-side with the G-Unit single "Poppin' Them Thangs".

Background[edit]

Released in 2003, it reached #76 in the USA becoming 50 Cent's sixth Hot 100 entry, but nonetheless his weakest charting single at that time. It also peaked at #10 in the United Kingdom as a double A-side with "Poppin' Them Thangs (G-Unit). The song was written by 50 Cent and produced by Dr. Dre, with co-production from keyboardist Mike Elizondo.

Music video[edit]

At the start there is a white male introducing 50 Cent, it then consists of video footage of 50 Cent in different concerts and documentaries. All of the members of G-Unit are seen in the video. It is very similar to Eminem's music video for his 2002 song "Sing for the Moment" which features Aerosmith members, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry playing a guitar solo and singing the chorus.

Tracklisting[edit]

  • UK CD single[1]
  1. "If I Can't" - 3:16
  2. "Poppin' Them Things" (with G-Unit) - 3:45
  3. "In Da Club" (Live in New York) - 4:52
  4. "If I Can't" (Music Video) - 3:24
  5. "Poppin' Them Things" (Music Video) - 3:48
  • German CD single[2]
  1. "If I Can't" - 3:16
  2. "Poppin' Them Things" (with G-Unit) - 3:45
  • Australian CD single[3]
  1. "If I Can't" - 3:16
  2. "In Da Club" (Live in New York) - 4:52
  3. "What Up Gangsta" (Live in New York) - 4:08
  4. "If I Can't" (Instrumental) - 3:08

Charts[edit]

^ Released as a Double A-Side with Poppin' Them Thangs

Chart (2003)[4][5][6] Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 22
German Singles Chart 39
Hungarian Singles Chart[7] 56
UK Singles Chart ^ 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 22

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