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Get Rich or Die Tryin’
G Unit Records (2003)
“Get Rich or Die Tryin’” was the number one album in the US and sold over 872.000 in the first week.
Curtis James Jackson III, or better known as 50 Cent, is an American rapper and actor. He was born in 1975, and grew up in Queens, New York. He started drug dealing at age twelve, and got struck by nine bullets after leaving the drug scene for a rap career. After the release of his first album “Guess Who’s Back?” he was discovered by the rapper Eminem and signed a contract at Interscope Records. Eminem and Dr. Dre helped him to success and Curtis J. Jackson III became one of the best and highest selling rappers. In 2003 he founded his own label G-Unit Records. His acting career began with the movie “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” named after his album, in 2005.
The album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” was released on February 6, 2003, which was seven days ahead of the schedule due to internet leakage. It was recorded by Aftermath entertainment under a joint with Shady Records and distributions from Interscope Records. It includes many hits like “In da Club”, “21 Questions” and “P.I.M.P”.
50 Cent’s album is outstanding to me, due to his hit single “In da Club” , which reached worldwide best ratings, it affected people to get the album because they knew there was at least one amazing song on there. A lot of these songs have a good flow and spread a happy sound. Although the song “21 Questions” is more of a love song, it shows the two sides of the rapper and makes you think about his live and what he has gone through. In relationship to the album’s title, it gives you the idea that everything he is rapping about, he did in order to now being famous.
The track “Heat” is one of the tracks I really enjoyed. It has a great rhythm, and has that swing in it. It makes me feel happy and kind of encouraging. But it is remarkable how he makes quite a serious lyrics on such a happy beat and even raps it in a happy way.
I think the album is significant because it brought up a new rap star, which probably affected the whole music scene. It also represents rap, not like a lot of the newer rap stuff today. A lot of people now pretend to be Gangster, but they rap about something they heard, but not what they actually life, and that is what rap is about. The album also won the Grammy Awards in 2004 for Best Rap Album.
Personally, I strongly recommend the album. It is cool and flows, it simply is a superb! The songs have an amazing beat and although he deliveres serious speeches, it just keeps the party going. It is that gangster style mixed with more happy beats. Once you have started, you can’t stop listening.
Chris S is a grade 12 student who is interested in the Rap Culture.