Get Rich or Die Tryin'

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Get Rich or Die Tryin'
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Studio album by 50 Cent
Released February 6, 2003[1]
Recorded June 2002 – January 2003
Length 53:44
50 Cent chronology
God's Plan
(2002)God's Plan2002
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
The Massacre
(2005)The Massacre2005
Singles from Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  1. "In da Club"
    Released: January 7, 2003
  2. "21 Questions"
    Released: April 29, 2003
  3. "Many Men (Wish Death)"
    Released: May 6, 2003
  4. "P.I.M.P."
    Released: August 12, 2003
  5. "If I Can't"
    Released: September 16, 2003

Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the debut studio album by American rapper 50 Cent. It was released on February 6, 2003, by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.[1] Prior to the album, 50 Cent gained initial recognition as a producer, producing several songs 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.

After signing with Eminem, he 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, Mr. Porter, Rockwilder, Dirty Swift, and Megahertz. 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.

Released a week in advance to combat bootlegging and internet leakage, Get Rich or Die Tryin' debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 872,000 copies in its first week of sales. The album's singles also saw commercial 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 would eventually sell over 8 million copies in the United States, and has become certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also saw widespread critical success, becoming nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 46th Grammy Awards. It is considered to be 50 Cent's best album,[by whom?] and is ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the best albums of the 2000s.


Prior to the release of his mix-tape, 50 Cent was shot 9 times in Queens, New York in 2000. He managed to survive, but was dropped from his label, Columbia, and remained unsigned and in need of producing new music. In 2002, Eminem listened to a copy of 50 Cent's Guess Who's Back? mix-tape album through Jackson's attorney, who was working with Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg.[4] After being impressed with the mixtape, Eminem invited 50 Cent to Los Angeles where he was introduced to producer Dr. Dre.[5] 50 Cent signed a one million dollar record deal with Dr. Dre and released his next mixtape, No Mercy, No Fear. It featured the 8 Mile single, "Wanksta", which was later put on Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Both Eminem and Dr. Dre had started working-productions on his debut album with additional help from producers Mike Elizondo, Sha Money XL among others.

The first single "In da Club" was the first of seven tracks he recorded in five days with Dr. Dre. Eminem was featured on a couple songs, such as "Patiently Waiting" and "Don't Push Me". His songs also featured rappers within G-Unit, such as Lloyd Banks ("Don't Push Me"), Tony Yayo ("Like My Style"), or Young Buck ("Blood Hound"). The next single "21 Questions" was not in line to be on the album to Dr. Dre, he stated that he did not want the song on the album. According to 50 Cent, "Dre was, like, 'How you goin' to be gangsta this and that and then put this sappy love song on?'"[6] 50 Cent responded saying, "I'm two people. I've always had to be two people since I was a kid, to get by. To me that's not diversity, it's necessity."[6] "Back Down" and "Heat" were instrumentals originally composed by Dr. Dre. They were both originally intended to be used on Rakim's debut Aftermath album, Oh My God, but due to creative differences was not released. Early pressings of Get Rich or Die Tryin' included a limited edition bonus DVD. A music video for "Many Men (Wish Death)" was made. The song was also certified Gold by the RIAA on June 14, 2006.


The album's lead single, "In da Club", was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), becoming 50 Cents' first song to top the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks and remained on the charts for twenty-two weeks.[7][8] The track also reached number one on the Top 40 Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Hot Rap Tracks charts.[9] The song reached number one in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland and the top five in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It received two Grammy nominations for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song. This is considered to be one of the best rap songs of all time, introducing a new sound and rhythm to rap. It was listed at number 18 on VH1's "100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time".

Its second single, "21 Questions", became 50 Cent's second chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for four non-consecutive weeks. It spent seven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Outside the States, "21 Questions" reached number six in the United Kingdom. It was certified gold by the RIAA. The third single "P.I.M.P." was shipped with a remix featuring rapper Snoop Dogg and trio-group G-Unit. It was the third single that peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on "Hot Rap Tracks", becoming the third single from the album to peak in the top then on the "Hot 100" chart. It also reached number one in Canada. It was certified Gold by RIAA. The album's final single, "If I Can't", peaked at number seventy-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and thirty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[11]
Blender4/5 stars[12]
Entertainment WeeklyB[13]
The Guardian3/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[14]
Q4/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[17]
USA Today3/4 stars[18]

Get Rich or Die Tryin' received favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, it holds an aggregate score of 73 out of 100, based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

In his review for USA Today, Steve Jones believed that the album is worthy of the hype 50 Cent had attracted because of how he "delivers, in vivid detail, stories of the violent life he led as a crack dealer and speaks with the swagger of one who has been shot nine times and lived to tell about it."[18] AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier described it as "impressive" and "incredibly calculated", and identified it as "ushering in 50 as one of the truly eminent rappers of his era".[11] Rolling Stone magazine's Christian Hoard praised the album's production and 50 Cent's "thug persona" and rapping ability.[17] Brett Berliner of Stylus Magazine felt that he is versatile as a rapper and wrote that, "while not even close to perfection, [the album] is one of the freshest to come out in years."[20] It is one of only 19 rap albums to receive a perfect rating from XXL magazine.[19]

Robert Christgau was less enthusiastic in his consumer guide for The Village Voice and gave it a two-star honorable mention,[21] indicating a "likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy."[22] He cited "What Up Gangsta" and "Patiently Waiting" as highlights and said that 50 Cent "gets no cuter as his character unfolds" on the album.[23] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times wrote that 50 Cent is "an appealing, mischievous character" whose talent for threatening raps aimed toward rivals is also limiting thematically.[24]

Commercial performance and accolades[edit]

Get Rich or Die Tryin' debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 872,000 copies in its first week.[25] In its second week, the album sold an additional 822,000 copies.[26] It was the best-selling album of 2003, selling 12 million copies worldwide by the end of the year.[27][28] It remains 50 Cent's best-selling album, with sales of 8.4 million copies in the United States, and the tenth highest-selling rap album of all time in the country.[29][30][31] The album was certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2003 for shipping six million copies in the US.[32]

In December 2009, Billboard magazine ranked Get Rich or Die Tryin' at number 12 on its list of the Top 200 Albums of the Decade.[33] In 2012, Complex named the album one of the classic releases of the last decade.[34] The single, "In da Club", earned the number-one spot on Billboard 2003's single and album of the year, the first since Ace of Base had both in the same year. "Back Down" was listed on XXL's list of the greatest diss tracks of all time.[35] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[36]

Track listing[edit]

1."Intro"  0:06
2."What Up Gangsta"
Reef Tewlow2:59
3."Patiently Waiting" (featuring Eminem)
4."Many Men (Wish Death)"
  • Jackson
  • Darrell Branch
  • Resto
  • Digga Branch
  • Eminem[a]
  • Luis Resto[b]
5."In da Club"
6."High All the Time"
Dr. Dre4:14
8."If I Can't"
  • Jackson
  • Young
  • Elizondo
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo[a]
9."Blood Hound" (featuring Young Buck)
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo
  • Sean Blaze[a]
10."Back Down"
Dr. Dre4:03
12."Like My Style" (featuring Tony Yayo)Rockwilder3:13
13."Poor Lil Rich"
  • Jackson
  • Clervoix
  • Sha Money XL
  • Eminem[a]
14."21 Questions" (featuring Nate Dogg)Dirty Swift3:44
15."Don't Push Me" (featuring Lloyd Banks and Eminem)
16."Gotta Make It to Heaven"Megahertz4:00
Total length:53:44


  • ^[a] – additional production
  • ^[b] – co-producer

Sample credits

  • "Patiently Waiting" contains an interpolation of "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dogg.
  • "Heat" does not appear on the clean version of the album.
  • "Many Men (Wish Death)" contains a sample of "Out of the Picture" by Tavares.
  • "In da Club" contains an interpolation of "It's Your Birthday" by Luther Campbell.
  • "High All the Time" contains an interpolation of "Ready or Not" by Fugees.
  • "If I Can't" contains an interpolation of "Peter Piper" by Run–D.M.C.
  • "Poor Lil Rich" contains an interpolation of "Life's On the Line" by 50 Cent.
  • "21 Questions" contains a sample of "It's Only Love Doing Its Thing" by Barry White.


Credits are adapted from AllMusic.[37]

  • 50 Cent – executive producer
  • Justin Bendo – engineer
  • Sean Blaze – producer, engineer
  • Darrell Branch – producer
  • Tommy Coster – keyboards
  • Terence Dudley – producer
  • Mike Elizondo – bass, guitar, keyboards, producer
  • Eminem – producer, executive producer, mixing
  • John "J. Praize" Freeman – producer
  • Marcus Heisser – A&R
  • Steven King – producer, mixing
  • Tracy McNew – A&R
  • Megahertz – producer
  • Red Spyda – producer
  • Luis Resto – keyboards
  • Ruben Rivera – keyboards, assistant engineer
  • Rockwilder – producer
  • Tom Rounds – engineer
  • Sha Money XL – producer, engineer, executive producer
  • Tracie Spencer – vocals
  • Rob Tewlow – producer
  • Patrick Viala – engineer
  • Sacha Waldman – photography
  • Ted Wohlsen – engineer
  • Carlisle Young – engineer, digital editing



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[63] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[64] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[65] 6× Platinum 600,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[66] 3× Platinum 60,000^
France (SNEP)[67] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[68] Gold 100,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[69] Gold 10,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[70] Platinum 15,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[71] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[72] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[73] Gold 20,000*
Russia (NFPF)[74] 5× Platinum 100,000*
Sweden (GLF)[75] Gold 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[76] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[77] 4× Platinum 1,117,000[78]
United States (RIAA)[79] 8× Platinum 8,400,000[29]
Europe (IFPI)[80] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

In his 2015 Netflix comedy special, Chris Tucker spoke about how Michael Jackson was a huge fan of "In da Club".

In the 2017 video game Paradigm, one of the records found inside Paradigm's home is Get Rich or Die of Natural Causes, a reference to the album.[81]

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