50 Cent was an iconic figure in hip hop. His charismatic persona and rise-from-rags-to-riches story propelled him into stardom; yet some purists took issue with his crossover pop-rap music.
This song boasts a gritty edge with 50 Cent’s signature aggressive flow. The hook is catchy and memorable while production values are phenomenal.
This track from 50 Cent is one of his biggest hits and proves his ability to make a statement through music. Combining catchy beats with unflinching storytelling and seemingly infinite swagger creates a track that is both entertaining and inspiring; an excellent demonstration of how his hustler upbringing helps create the soundtrack for life.
This song stands out from others on this list as it takes on more of a serious tone. It chronicles 50 Cent’s experience with violence, with lyrics that reveal his personal journey and strength despite challenging circumstances. Listeners looking for honest rap from 50 Cent should check this one out; its message shows strength even amid difficult odds.
50 Cent made his initial leap into mainstream rap with this album, making a bold move away from his street-level roots and into mainstream rap with widespread commercial success. He would continue experimenting with this genre over time by producing crossover hits while remaining true to his hustler roots – keeping fans satisfied as well as tapping into our collective fascination with gangsters and all that they represent societally. It became one of his signature moves that helped solidify his position within Hollywood as an actor and entrepreneur. It proved an international hit!
I Get It In
This track marked 50 Cent’s introduction into hip hop with an explosive soundscape and powerful lyrics, marking his entrance.
Production on this track is outstanding and its lyrics create an epic feel, drawing you into its hook with ease. Lyrical content will have you up and dancing; also featured is an incredible group of rappers that work well together on this song.
50 Cent’s career reached a pinnacle with this record and it helped him break into mainstream market. It made an enormous impression and has remained an ever-green hit ever since; listeners of hip hop should listen out for this track now more than ever!
This track from 50 Cent’s discography stands out as another showcase of his ability to craft hard hitting tracks that motivate others. Backed by an aggressive beat and lyrics that encourage you to reach for your goals, this song highlights his style of rapping as it proves his versatility across genres of rapping.
How To Rob
50 Cent became famous for his provocative lyrics in his hit track ‘How To Rob,’ showcasing the aggressive nature of rap music at that time and showing its tremendous impact on popular culture by sending out the message that hard work and perseverance would lead to success.
Curtis Jackson, commonly referred to by his stage name 50 Cent, was raised in Queens within an unstable household. From a young age he began hustling for drugs which later helped shape his rapper persona. Jackson lived a gangster lifestyle that involved stints in jail and gun battles that helped develop his street smarts that later made him famous.
50 Cent originally intended ‘How To Rob’ to serve as his debut single from Power of the Dollar when Columbia Records first released it in 1999. It quickly became a smash hit that propelled 50 Cent into superstar rapper status.
The track’s darkly humorous lyrics detailed a singer’s fiction of robbing rappers and celebrities such as Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and others, including Jay-Z himself. Although widely considered humorous and tongue-in-cheek in tone, its violent and aggressive nature caused much debate; its references to 80s gangster Kelvin Martin who became notorious for robbing high-profile celebrities may also have contributed to controversy surrounding its release.
In Da Club
50 Cent is unquestionably one of the biggest hits of his career, as evidenced by Spotify certifying In Da Club as having crossed one billion songs sold worldwide. His incredible journey into music includes being shot nine times as an ex-drug dealer before signing to Shady Records owned by mainstream rapper Eminem and produced by Dr. Dre – modern day Berry Gordy with an amazing knack for producing records that appeal to both black and white audiences alike.
In 2003, this song was released as the lead single from his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and became an instantaneous success, spending nine weeks at #1 on the US Hot 100 chart and revitalizing party rap after its popularity had declined during the early ’90s.
While its message was decidedly subversive, “Hit the Road Jack” still managed to become an infectious pop anthem that transcended race, gender and culture. Not only was the song infectious with its infectious beat but it also showcased 50 Cent’s incredible delivery; his powerful rapping combined with an engaging singsong chorus made for a compelling listening experience.
Not surprisingly, popular songs often spark remixes and other spinoffs, yet what was unexpected about In Da Club was how long its influence still resonates today – almost two decades after its initial release! Hip-hop artists continue to draw influence from it while it even inspired younger artists like Simu Liu who gave her own take on it as a bro-country song!
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
50 Cent is no stranger to creating music and this track by him is no exception. From its party beat to its dark message about gangsta rap, this track delivers. What really helps this work though are 50 Cent’s memorable rhymes delivering powerfully.
After the release of Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent quickly established himself as a business magnate with G-Unit clothing lines, video games and an autobiographical film of his life (also titled Get Rich or Die Tryin’). As an artist himself, 50 Cent’s street cred rivaled few others thanks to Jam Master Jay’s professional production and Eminem’s timeless verses.
He appeared in many movie roles such as that of Marcus, an individual with much to lose who decides to abandon drug dealing for legitimate rap music career despite opposition from old associates and his manager; his drive and work ethic remain unparalleled.
The soundtrack features a great variety of songs with varied vibes. Some songs may be slow while others have more relaxing tones; the stand-out is Heat with its pumping beat that perfectly complements the theme of violence and gunfire in its lyrics; this track may be edited out from edited albums but remains a truly amazing work of art.
Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
While 50 Cent may have fit the stereotype of hardcore gangster rappers, his ability to craft catchy hooks made him an unexpected crossover success. While still maintaining enough street credibility to hold his own against the G-Unit crew, 50 Cent was known for producing catchy singalong club tracks with pop appeal; and used the money made from music sales to expand his G-Unit empire. His story of rise-from-poorness appealed greatly, drawing in listeners of all stripes who watched as money from music sales was used to expand his G-Unit franchise further.
His repertoire draws heavily upon gangster themes of his upbringing, creating songs that reflect both our fascination with hustlers and their effects on society. Unfortunately, this openness to discussing violent past came back to haunt him: on 161st Street in Queens he was shot nine times just two years after Jam Master Jay had been murdered there.
Even after such tragedy struck his life, 50 Cent vowed to use his success to empower people. This song from 2020 produced by Wondagurl perfectly showcases this purposeful intent – featuring catchy hooks balanced between his usual party rap style and more sophisticated production values while delivering on its promise of empowering music. A must-listen for fans of 50 Cent’s old school hip hop!