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Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

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The Massacre

Review He’s been shot nine times. Incarcerated. And stabbed up and down. And that’s only what’s happened on 50 Cent’s down time. Hands down, 50 Cent is the biggest buzz emcee since Eminem (who just happens to be his label CEO), and Get Rich also features Dr. Dre on production, so it’s a can’t-miss record, right? Well, mostly. Get Rich is not filled with midtempo, radio-friendly numbers like "Wanksta," his thinly veiled Ja Rule dis first heard on the 8 Mile soundtrack. Instead, Cent brings the heat, not heater. He sheds his inner thug on "21 Questions," featuring G-funk crooner Nate Dogg showing some semblance of respect to the hotties, and then reverts right back to his thug persona on "In da Club," where he boasts "I’m into having sex, I ain’t into making love." There’s no "How to Rob, Pt. 2" here, although "Many Men" comes close, as he addresses some of the haters who may not fully get why he’s now rap’s big cheese. Surprisingly, the two Eminem-produced joints--"Patiently Waiting" (which thematically is very much like Em’s "Lose Yourself"), and "Don’t Push Me"--almost rival the beats supplied by Dre. Then again, it seems his most well-known cuts ("High All the Time" and "Wanksta," for example) are actually some of the weakest of the lot. Sure, Get Rich could never have lived up to the hype, it’s nowhere near Biggie's Ready to Die or Nas's Illmatic, but there's no fast-forward material here, a near miracle in these times. --Dalton Higgins
The Documentary

Review 50 Cent is one of the most polarizing figures in hip-hop. With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre he became one of the world's bestselling rappers and rose to prominence. During his career 50 Cent has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. UMe is proud to present a greatest hits compilation made up of 18 of 50's biggest songs.
2001

Review 50 CENT THE MASSACRE
Beg For Mercy

Review 50 CENT - ANIMAL AMBITION: AN UNTAIMED DESIRE TO WIN - CD
The Marshall Mathers LP

Review Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD that contains a full length feature film of the same name. 2009 album from the Rap superstar. Before I Self Destruct is 50's fourth studio album and features collaborations with his mentors Dr. Dre and Eminem. Darker and harder than his last two releases, the album is a return to the roots and feel of 50 Cent's debut album, 2003's 'Get Rich Or Die Trying', which went on to sell 12 million copies worldwide. Includes the first single 'Baby By-Me' featuring Ne-Yo.
Doggystyle (Explicit Version)

Review 50 Cent returns with his third major-label album, CURTIS. CURTIS features production by Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kanye West, Akon and more. The album also features the single "Straight to the Bank" and "Amusement Park". Also includes the smash hit tracks "Ayo Technology" featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, and the street banger "I Get Money," which is tearing up clubs nation wide.
Life After Death

Review If you believe everything you hear, Curtis is 50 Cent's bid to be hip-hop king--the rumor goes that he issued it the same day Kanye West released his Graduation CD to spawn a sales race and thus, a) establish superiority, or b) retire with his head hung low. But here's what might not have occurred to 50: Given enough talent and a fully loaded speed-dial--the kind that can raise Timbaland, Akon, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Eminem faster than the sickest rapper can stitch together a verse--it's possible for two diabolically good discs to drop the same day. Forgetting the Kanye competition for a moment, Curtis might come up short in a race with its creator's other albums--the rawness and reach of Get Rich Or Die Tryin' isn't here. But certain cultural moments (who would refute that the release Get Rich… was one?) can't be replicated, and what Curtis lacks in credible grit, it more than makes up for in finesse. Never let it be said that you can't be fierce and flow at the same time: "I Get Money" glides back to the old school in sound--there's a house party happening behind this track--but sends out a modern message, "I'll Still Kill," with Akon, underscores 50's continued thug-hood with a lethal hook, and "Follow My Lead," with the smoothie Robin Thicke, is a finger-popper worth 100 plays for its sly mood alone. May the best rapper, if there is one, keep rapping. --Tammy La Gorce
The Slim Shady

Review Damn near everyone had forgotten about the name-calling emcee by the time he resurfaced to set the streets ablaze with his G-Unit: 50 Cent Is The Future mixtape series. 50 reinvented the mixtape freestyle, putting them into song format, allowing him to spread his street gospel even further. And with the help of Sha Money XL, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo, 50 and his G-Unit army caught on like wildfire - no one was safe.
It's Dark And Hell Is Hot

Review 50 Cent is one of the most polarizing figures in hip-hop. With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre he became one of the world's bestselling rappers and rose to prominence. During his career 50 Cent has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. UMe is proud to present a greatest hits compilation made up of 18 of 50's biggest songs.
The Eminem Show

Review CD > POPULAR MUSIC > ROCK
Best Of

Review He’s been shot nine times. Incarcerated. And stabbed up and down. And that’s only what’s happened on 50 Cent’s down time. Hands down, 50 Cent is the biggest buzz emcee since Eminem (who just happens to be his label CEO), and Get Rich also features Dr. Dre on production, so it’s a can’t-miss record, right? Well, mostly. Get Rich is not filled with midtempo, radio-friendly numbers like "Wanksta," his thinly veiled Ja Rule dis first heard on the 8 Mile soundtrack. Instead, Cent brings the heat, not heater. He sheds his inner thug on "21 Questions," featuring G-funk crooner Nate Dogg showing some semblance of respect to the hotties, and then reverts right back to his thug persona on "In da Club," where he boasts "I’m into having sex, I ain’t into making love." There’s no "How to Rob, Pt. 2" here, although "Many Men" comes close, as he addresses some of the haters who may not fully get why he’s now rap’s big cheese. Surprisingly, the two Eminem-produced joints--"Patiently Waiting" (which thematically is very much like Em’s "Lose Yourself"), and "Don’t Push Me"--almost rival the beats supplied by Dre. Then again, it seems his most well-known cuts ("High All the Time" and "Wanksta," for example) are actually some of the weakest of the lot. Sure, Get Rich could never have lived up to the hype, it’s nowhere near Biggie's Ready to Die or Nas's Illmatic, but there's no fast-forward material here, a near miracle in these times. --Dalton Higgins
Greatest Hits

Review 50 Cent is one of the most polarizing figures in hip-hop. With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre he became one of the world's bestselling rappers and rose to prominence. During his career 50 Cent has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. UMe is proud to present a greatest hits compilation made up of 18 of 50's biggest songs.
The Best Of DMX

Review 50 CENT THE MASSACRE
Revival

Review 50 CENT - ANIMAL AMBITION: AN UNTAIMED DESIRE TO WIN - CD
Greatest Hits

Review Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD that contains a full length feature film of the same name. 2009 album from the Rap superstar. Before I Self Destruct is 50's fourth studio album and features collaborations with his mentors Dr. Dre and Eminem. Darker and harder than his last two releases, the album is a return to the roots and feel of 50 Cent's debut album, 2003's 'Get Rich Or Die Trying', which went on to sell 12 million copies worldwide. Includes the first single 'Baby By-Me' featuring Ne-Yo.
Curtain Call

Review 50 Cent returns with his third major-label album, CURTIS. CURTIS features production by Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kanye West, Akon and more. The album also features the single "Straight to the Bank" and "Amusement Park". Also includes the smash hit tracks "Ayo Technology" featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, and the street banger "I Get Money," which is tearing up clubs nation wide.
Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

Review If you believe everything you hear, Curtis is 50 Cent's bid to be hip-hop king--the rumor goes that he issued it the same day Kanye West released his Graduation CD to spawn a sales race and thus, a) establish superiority, or b) retire with his head hung low. But here's what might not have occurred to 50: Given enough talent and a fully loaded speed-dial--the kind that can raise Timbaland, Akon, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Eminem faster than the sickest rapper can stitch together a verse--it's possible for two diabolically good discs to drop the same day. Forgetting the Kanye competition for a moment, Curtis might come up short in a race with its creator's other albums--the rawness and reach of Get Rich Or Die Tryin' isn't here. But certain cultural moments (who would refute that the release Get Rich… was one?) can't be replicated, and what Curtis lacks in credible grit, it more than makes up for in finesse. Never let it be said that you can't be fierce and flow at the same time: "I Get Money" glides back to the old school in sound--there's a house party happening behind this track--but sends out a modern message, "I'll Still Kill," with Akon, underscores 50's continued thug-hood with a lethal hook, and "Follow My Lead," with the smoothie Robin Thicke, is a finger-popper worth 100 plays for its sly mood alone. May the best rapper, if there is one, keep rapping. --Tammy La Gorce
2Pac Greatest Hits

Review Damn near everyone had forgotten about the name-calling emcee by the time he resurfaced to set the streets ablaze with his G-Unit: 50 Cent Is The Future mixtape series. 50 reinvented the mixtape freestyle, putting them into song format, allowing him to spread his street gospel even further. And with the help of Sha Money XL, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo, 50 and his G-Unit army caught on like wildfire - no one was safe.
The Massacre

Review 50 Cent is one of the most polarizing figures in hip-hop. With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre he became one of the world's bestselling rappers and rose to prominence. During his career 50 Cent has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. UMe is proud to present a greatest hits compilation made up of 18 of 50's biggest songs.

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