P.I.M.P.

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"P.I.M.P."
Single by 50 Cent featuring Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck
from the album Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Released August 12, 2003 (2003-08-12)
Recorded
Genre
Length 4:09 (Album version)
4:17 (Clean radio remix)
Label
Writer(s) Curtis Jackson, Denaun Porter
Producer(s)
Certification Gold (RIAA)[1]
50 Cent singles chronology
"21 Questions"
(2003)
"P.I.M.P."
(2003)
"If I Can't"
(2003)

"P.I.M.P." is a song by American hip-hop artist 50 Cent, recorded for his debut studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003). The song features production from Shady label-mate, Mr. Porter and Brandon Parrott. A remixed version of the song, featuring fellow rappers Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, was released as the album's third official single on August 12, 2003, although the remix was not initially part of the track listing: it was later added as a bonus track to some digital editions of the album.

Upon its release, the song was a significant commercial success, especially in the United States, where it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top ten of many national charts worldwide. The song was later certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000+ copies.[1]

Content[edit]

Musically, the song is based a highly steel-drum-prominent production from Brandon Parrott and Porter, and although it is predominantly a rap song, features elements of other genres, especially reggae, or music similar to that of the Caribbeans, within the steel drum-based production. Lyrically, the song describes how 50 Cent believes, despite what people have heard about him, that his lifestyle does not indicate great wealth and that he is, in fact, a "motherfucking P.I.M.P.".[2]

Music Video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Robinson and features the four rappers rapping with topless women, including Adriana Sage and Francine Dee.[citation needed] The video comes in two slightly different versions: one with the topless women, and a "clean" version without. On July 15, 2003, the video debuted on MTV's Total Request Live at number nine and stayed on the chart for fifty days.[3] At the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, it was nominated for Best Rap Video, but lost to Jay-Z's "99 Problems".[4]

The video had 50 Cent trying to audition to become a member of the P.I.M.P. Legion of Doom and ends up winning their favor by showing off his Magic Stick.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single[5]
  1. "P.I.M.P." - 4:09
  2. "P.I.M.P." (Remix) (featuring Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck) - 4:37
  3. "8 More Miles" (featuring G-Unit) - 3:08
  4. "P.I.M.P." - The Video (Director's cut) - 4:10

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003-04) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 10
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 18
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 10
France (SNEP)[11] 25
Germany (Media Control Charts)[12] 5
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[13] 7
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[14] 3
Greece (Greek Singles Chart) 7
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Italy (FIMI)[15] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 4
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[19] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 4
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "50 Cent searchable database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ us copyright office website Registration # PA0001105184 P.I.M.P date :2003-03-31 date of publication 2003-02-06
  3. ^ TRL Archive – Debuts. PopFusion. Accessed August 25, 2007.
  4. ^ MTV Video Music Awards History: Best Rap Video. Rock on the Net. Accessed August 25, 2007.
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pimp-50-Cent/dp/B0000CESUJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1359108653&sr=1-1
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P." (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P." (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Danishcharts.com – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.". Tracklisten.
  10. ^ "50 Cent: P.I.M.P." (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P." (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Chartverfulgong > 50 Cent > P.I.M.P. – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – 50 Cent search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.". VG-lista.
  19. ^ "Romanian Top 100" Please see "Issue 5" of the year 2004
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.". Singles Top 60.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.". Swiss Singles Chart.

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