This album single handedly changed the game in 2003. With a heavy street buzz already from destroying the mixtape game; 50 Cent made sure that Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was an instant classic. How Eminem and Dre ended up signing this guy after he’d been shot 9 times is my only question. Every DJ in New York managed to be on 50’s dick. Flex, Clue, Whoo Kid, Enuff, the list goes on. I’d love to declare this album the best album ever but, that would be going over Pac, Dre, Big, and others. There’s one thing that seperated this album from the others; length. 50 didn’t give us no bullshit 12 tracks and throw the cd out; we got 20+ and every single song was hot.
They say everything in life happens for a reason, well I wonder what the game would be like if 50 never got shot and Power Of The Dollar released in stores. If my words aren’t enough here are the numbers:
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, amassing 872,000 copies in its first week. The album continued to sell 822,000 copies in its second week. The album also managed to sell over two million copies in three weeks by averaging more than 500,000 copies per week sold, which has not happened since the Backstreet Boys and The Beatles respective album’s did so in late 2000. On December 9, 2003, the album was certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, after sales in excess of 7 million copies. The album spent a total of six weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, eleven weeks on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and eight weeks on the UK Albums Chart. It was among the best selling albums of the decade, selling 12 million copies by the end of the year. It remains as 50 Cent’s best-selling album to date, with sales of over 7,873,000 copies in the United States. In Russia, the album was certified 5x platinum, selling 120,000 copies. The album has sold 12 million copies worldwide.
With that being said, I’m happy to bring to you today one of the best debut albums of all time.