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Released: February 6, 2003

Rating: 3.608 (average of 17 ratings)

Genre: rap

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Intro
  2. What Up Gangsta
  3. Patiently Waiting (with Eminem)
  4. Many Men (Wish Death)
  5. In Da Club
  6. High All the Time
  7. Heat
  8. If I Can’t
  9. Blood Hound (with Young Buck)
  10. Back Down
  11. P.I.M.P.
  12. Like My Style (with Tony Yayo)
  13. Poor Lil’ Rich
  14. 21 Questions (with Nate Dogg)
  15. Don’t Push Me (with Lloyd Banks & Eminem)
  16. Gotta Make It to Heaven

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 8.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.6
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2.0
sales worldwide - estimated 15.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 6
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Wanksta * (9/28/02) #13 US, #4 RB
  • In Da Club (12/28/02) #1 US, #3 UK, #1 RB
  • Patiently Waiting (2/15/03) #56 RB
  • If I Can’t (2/22/03) #76 US, #34 RB
  • 21 Questions (3/8/03) #1 US, #6 UK, #1 RB
  • P.I.M.P. (4/12/03) #3 US, #5 UK, #2 RB
  • What Up Gangsta (5/3/03) #26 RB
* Not on original release.

Notes: The album was also released with “three bonus tracks that reprise 50’s previously released hits (Wanksta, U Not Like Me, Life’s on the Line).” JB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year Juno Award for International Album of the Year. Click to go to DMDB awards page. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Get Rich or Die Tryin’
50 Cent
“Probably the most hyped debut album by a rap artist in about a decade, most likely since Snoop’s Doggystyle (1993) or perhaps Nas’ Illmatic (1994), 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ certainly arrived amid massive expectations. In fact, the expectations were so massive that they overshadowed the music itself — 50 becoming more of a phenomenon than simply a rapper — so massive that you had to be skeptical, particularly given the marketing-savvy nature of the rap world. Even so, Get Rich is indeed an impressive debut, not quite on the level of such landmark debuts as the aforementioned ones by Snoop or Nas — or those by Biggie, Wu-Tang, or DMX either — but impressive nonetheless, definitely ushering in 50 as one of the truly eminent rappers of his era.” JB

“The thing, though, is that 50 isn’t exactly a rookie, and it’s debatable as to whether or not Get Rich can be considered a true debut (see the unreleased Power of the Dollar [1999] and the Guess Who's Back? compilation [2002]).” JB

“That debate aside, however, Get Rich plays like a blueprint rap debut should: there's a tense, suspenseful intro (What Up Gangsta), an ethos-establishing tag-team spar with Eminem (Patiently Waiting), a street-cred appeal (Many Men [Wish Death]), a tailor-made mass-market good-time single (In da Club), [and] a multifaceted tread through somber ghetto drama (from High All the Time to Gotta Make It to Heaven).” JB

“In sum, Get Rich is an incredibly calculated album, albeit an amazing one. After all, when co-executive producer Eminem raps, ‘Take some Big and some Pac/And you mix them up in a pot/Sprinkle a little Big L on top/What the fuck do you got?’ you know the answer.” JB

“Give Em (who produces two tracks) and Dr. Dre (who does four) credit for laying out the red carpet here, and also give 50 credit for reveling brilliantly in his much-documented mystique – from his gun fetish to his witty swagger, 50 has the makings of a street legend, and it's no secret. And though he very well could be the rightful successor to the Biggie-Jigga-Nas triptych, Get Rich isn’t quite the masterpiece 50 seems capable of, impressive or not. But until he drops that truly jaw-dropping album – or falls victim to his own hubris – this will certainly do.” JB

Review Source(s):

In Da Club (video)

21 Questions (video)

P.I.M.P. (video)

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Last updated July 6, 2010.