Get Rich or Die Trying - 50 Cent’s Rise to the top of Rap
Many Men from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Major Label debut “Get Rich or Die Trying” dramatizes a defining event in the rappers life.
From when he was shot 9 times in May 2000 to when his album was released in 2003, a host of events took place that would catapult 50 Cent into the stratosphere of pop culture and turn hip hop on its head.
After signing to Columbia records his original debut “Power of the Dollar” was shelved and his contract was terminated after his shooting.
In April 2002, 50 Cent took leftovers from “Power of the Dollar”, added in fresh new music and released a compilation album by the title “Guess Who’s Back”. It wouldn’t be long until Eminem and Dr Dre caught wind of 50 Cent and signed him to a $1,000,000 deal at Shady Aftermath under Interscope Records the same year.
50 Cent and his crew G Unit, then consisting of Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and later Young Buck and others turned in tape after tape of remix of popular songs.
50 Cent said at the time “I’m not going to stop, I will keep on taking everybody’s single and do them over”.
He definitely wasn’t the first to use this technique but he left his mark by doing it his way. It was no longer about your demo tape, instead mixtapes became more and more important. The hotter your mixtape was in the streets, the bigger your buzz.