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100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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50 Cent, 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''


50 Cent, 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''
37/100

In Fiddy's hands, the thug life was not merely a lifestyle — it was a code, an ethos, a Zen path to showbiz glory. When Dr. Dre and Eminem unleashed him in 2003, America couldn't get enough of the ripped, tatted, bullet-riddled stud. 50's debut was full of dark, nickel-plated songs where he played up his hardcore image, but he also had no shame making songs for the ladies: With hits like "In Da Club," he packed dance floors at discos and bar mitzvahs alike. Fun fact: Get Rich or Die Tryin' went nine-times platinum, making 50 the first rapper to sell a million for each time he had gotten shot.

 

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Rolling Stone's Original 2003 Review

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