Power of the Dollar

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Power of the Dollar
Studio album by 50 Cent
Released July 4, 2000[1]
Recorded Bearsville Studios, New York; 1997–2000
Genre East Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, underground hip hop
Length 63:16
Label Trackmasters Ent. / Columbia
Producer Trackmasters, Randy Allen, Al West, Terence Dudley, Red Spyda, Rashad Smith, Joshua Michael Schwartz, Brian Koerulf, Sha Self, DJ Scratch, Erick Sermon
50 Cent chronology
Power of the Dollar
(2000)
Guess Who's Back?
(2002)
Singles from Power of the Dollar
  1. "How to Rob"
    Released: August 10, 1999
  2. "Thug Love"
    Released: September 21, 1999
  3. "Your Life's on the Line"
    Released: October 12, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Power of the Dollar is the officially unreleased but heavily bootlegged debut album by rapper 50 Cent.[3] The album, which was originally set for a July 4, 2000 release,[1] was intended to be his debut album with Columbia Records, but was cancelled after 50 Cent was dropped from the label when Columbia discovered that he had been shot. Guest appearances include Destiny's Child, Noreaga (N.O.R.E.), Dave Hollister, Bun B, and The Madd Rapper.

Reception[edit]

Allmusic writes that the tracks utilize "penetrating wit and funk-infused beats, accompanied by grand orchestrations of commanding horns, pronounced percussion, and various string elements".[2]

Singles[edit]

The first single, "How to Rob", was released on August 10, 1999.[4] In the song, 50 Cent comically explains how he would rob many prominent figures in the music industry. Several rappers including Jay-Z, Big Pun, DMX, Kurupt, Wyclef Jean, Sticky Fingaz, Wu-Tang Clan affiliates The American Cream Team, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah replied to the song.[5]

The second single, "Thug Love" featuring Destiny's Child, was released on September 21, 1999.[6] Days before 50 Cent was scheduled to film its music video, he was attacked by a gunman in the infamous shooting incident that left him with nine gunshot wounds and gave him his dimple scar; an event that 50 Cent often references in his lyrics.[7][8] While hospitalized, he signed a publishing deal with Columbia Records. However, he was dropped from the label after it was discovered that he had been shot.[9] The track, "Ghetto Qu'ran (Forgive Me)", has been speculated to be the reason for the shooting.[10]

The third single, "Your Life's on the Line", was released in 1999. The song was produced by Terrence Dudley, and was perceived as a diss song to Ja Rule, which would begin their highly publicised feud on records. 50 mocks Ja's famous catchprase "Murdaa"!, on the chorus of the song, rapping "Murdaa, I don't believe you/Murdaa, Fuck around and leave you/Murdaa, I don't believe you/Murda Murda, your life's on the line". A music video for this song was released, which was also the only song with a music video of the whole album. The song would later be included as a bonus track on 50's officially released debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

Track listing[edit]

LP Unreleased
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"       1:11
2. "The Hit"     Randy Allen 3:41
3. "The Good Die Young"     Al West 4:02
4. "Corner Bodega (Coke Spot)"     L.E.S. 1:36
5. "Your Life's on the Line"   Dudley and Jackson Terence Dudley 3:38
6. "That Ain't Gangsta"     Trackmasters 3:25
7. "As the World Turns" (featuring Bun B) Ron Francois Red Spyda 4:20
8. "Ghetto Qu'ran (Forgive Me)"   Jackson Trackmasters 4:34
9. "Da Repercussions"     Gowdy 3:28
10. "Money by Any Means" (featuring Noreaga)   Trackmasters, Teflon 4:03
11. "Material Girl" (featuring Dave Hollister)   Trackmasters 4:35
12. "Thug Love" (featuring Destiny's Child) Jackson, Koerulf, Schwartz and Smith Rashad Smith, Joshua Michael Schwartz and Brian Koerulf 3:16
13. "Slow Doe"     Trackmasters 3:54
14. "Gun Runner" (featuring Black Child) Jackson Trackmasters 1:55
15. "You Ain't No Gangsta"   Clervoix and Jackson Sha Self 3:37
16. "Power of the Dollar"     Trackmasters 3:26
17. "I'm a Hustler"   Elliot, Jackson, Jacobs, Moore, Philips, Spivey and Styles DJ Scratch 3:55
18. "How to Rob" (featuring The Madd Rapper) Angelettie, Barnes, Casey, Jackson and Olivier Trackmasters 4:25
19. "Rowdy Rowdy"   Jackson Kid Capri 3:40

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "50 Cent live at The Tunnel NYC 1999". YouTube. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ a b link All Music Guide review of Power Of The Dollar. Accessed Aug 17, 2008.
  3. ^ 50 Cent: Biography : Rolling Stone. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  4. ^ 50 Cent | How to Rob | Album. MTV. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  5. ^ 50 Cent. 50 Cent: From Pieces to Weight Part 5. MTV. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  6. ^ 50 Cent | Thug Love CD | Album. MTV. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  7. ^ Ninja (December 2002). 50 Cent Interview. Dubcnn. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  8. ^ Admin (December 9, 2002). 50 Cent - Teflon MC. Sixshot. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  9. ^ Jonah Weiner, April 2005. Dear Superstar: 50 Cent. Blender. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  10. ^ Surveilling 50 Cent. The Smoking Gun (September 6, 2005). Accessed May 21, 2008. In 2003 50 Cents mixtape 24 shots was released, which includes 8 tracks from the Power of the Dollar LP.