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Guess Who's Back?
50 Cent - Guess Who's Back.jpg
Mixtape by 50 Cent
Released April 26, 2002
Recorded 1998–2002; Canada
Genre Gangsta rap, east coast hip hop, underground hip hop
Length 56:11
Label Full Clip
Producer Trackmasters, Kurt Gowdy, DJ Clark Kent, Father Shaheed, Sha Money XL, Red Spyda, Terence Dudley, Fantom of the Beat
50 Cent chronology
Power of the Dollar
(2000)
Guess Who's Back?
(2002)
50 Cent is the Future
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
RapReviews (8/10)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[5]
Village Voice (favorable)[6]

Guess Who's Back? is a mixtape by American rapper 50 Cent, released April 26, 2002 on independent label Full Clip Records in the United States. It is his first official release after his 2000 effort Power of the Dollar went unreleased due to Columbia Records' discovery of a May 2000 shooting where 50 Cent was struck by nine bullets, and was subsequently dropped from the label as a result. The album features production by Trackmasters, DJ Clark Kent, Father Shaheed, Sha Money XL, Red Spyda, and Terence Dudley. Guess Who's Back? received generally positive reviews from music critics and peaked at number 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.[7]

Background[edit]

The album's cover image was later used in the video for 50 Cent's song "Piggy Bank". The album was recorded in Canada after 50 Cent was "blacklisted" in the recording industry and was unable to find a studio to work with in the U.S.[8] As of May 2004, the album has sold over 400,000 copies in the United States.[9]

After releasing the album, 50 Cent was discovered by rapper Eminem, who listened to a copy of the album through 50 Cent's attorney, who was working with Eminem's manager, Paul Rosenberg, and he was signed to Interscope Records.[10]

The tracks "Life's on the Line", "Corner Bodega", "Ghetto Qua ran" and "As The World Turns" were originally to be released on 50 Cent's shelved album, Power of the Dollar. "Killa Tape" and "That's What's Up" would later go on to appear on the mixtape, 50 Cent Is the Future. "U Not Like Me" and "Life's on the Line" would later appear on 50 Cent's debut studio album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Killa Tape (Intro)"     2:58
2. "Rotten Apple"     3:08
3. "Drop (Skit)"     0:16
4. "That's What's Up"" (G-Unit)   4:09
5. "U Not Like Me"   Red Spyda 4:10
6. "50 Bars"     3:33
7. "Life's on the Line"     3:38
8. "Get Out the Club"     4:22
9. "Be a Gentleman"     2:40
10. "Fuck You"     3:55
11. "Too Hot" (featuring Nas and Nature) DJ Premier 3:45
12. "Who U Rep With" (featuring Nas and Bravehearts)   4:21
13. "Corner Bodega"   L.E.S. 1:34
14. "Ghetto Qu ran"   Trackmasters 4:29
15. "As the World Turns" (featuring Bun B) Red Spyda 4:20
16. "Whoo Kid Freestyle"     1:15
17. "Stretch Armstrong Freestyle"     1:19
18. "Doo Wop Freestyle"     2:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 82
US Billboard 200 28
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Review: Guess Who's Back?. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  2. ^ Weiner, Jonah. Review: Guess Who's Back?. Blender. Retrieved on 2009-12-28. Archived December 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Guess Who's Back?". The Village Voice: March 9, 2004. Archived from the original on 2009-12-28.
  4. ^ Juon, Steve. Review: Guess Who's Back?. RapReviews. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  5. ^ Hoard, Christian (ed.) "The Rolling Stone Album Guide". Rolling Stone: p.297. November 2, 2004.
  6. ^ Ex, Kris. Review: Guess Who's Back?. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  7. ^ Billboard Albums: Guess Who's Back?. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  8. ^ Surveilling 50 Cent. The Smoking Gun. Accessed 29 July 2007
  9. ^ Chery, Carl (May 18, 2004). "50 Cent's a Fake, Says Ex-G-Unit Member, Bang Em Smurf". SOHH. 4Control Media. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  10. ^ Ninja (December 2007) 50 Cent Interview. Dubcnn. Accessed 22 May 2007.
  11. ^ "50 Cent | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 18, 2015.

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