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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - East Coast / Artist: 50 Cent / Import / Audio CD released at Intes

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      12.12.2013 17:01
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      a good film that I would recommend to fans of 50 Cent/films like 8 Mile

      I certainly love watching a good movie, and so I am always browsing around on Sky Movies. I came across this film a while ago and initially recorded it as my sister loves 50 cent and she had said the film was good. I always meant to sit down and watch it, so today I did as there was nothing else on tv!

      ***Film Only Review***

      The film stars Curtis Jackson (aka 50 cent) as Marcus a boy from the Jamaica neighbourhood in New York, who goes from pillar to post with his single, drug dealing mother. One day he is left with his grandparents and his mother is killed, pushing young Marcus to express himself through rap music.

      Growing up, he wants a better life and falls into the gang scene, becoming a prolific drug dealer himself when rivalry and territory issues with the Colombians causes a lot of turn of events and eventually he wants to get out of the game. But life on the streets isn't so straightforward to leave behind and causes more drama than he anticipated....

      ***My Opinion***

      Prior to watching this film, I was somewhat familiar with 50 cents history, most prominently the fact that he had been shot 9 times at close range and survived. This film did highlight a lot of these moments, such as his mother dying and him living with his grandparents, and starting to sell crack at the age of 12. However, a lot of it is blown out of proportion or some unnecessary dramatic storylines are added so I did constantly compare elements of the story to his real background to distinguish what was biopic, and which was added for entertainment value. Whilst his life certainly was a struggle, it was amazing to comprehend how he made it to where he was, and the battles he came up against and the determination it must have taken to become so successful and be a well known rap figure.

      50 Cent, whilst not an actor in his own right, actually performed quite well and wasn't frozen or monotonous in his presence on screen. Terrence Howard one of the only other big named actors - I found put on a stellar performance, really raw and passionate. The film also starred Ashley Walters (from Top boy) who I looked forward to watching however he was very underplayed and whenever he did speak his accent sounded really fake and poor up against americans and I have to wonder how he managed to be cast in the role!

      I liked the entire composition of the film, great production, authentic rapping and some well rounded acting from 50 cent which I was pleasantly surprised at. The soundtrack was very original, mostly 50 cents work so I recognised a few lyrics here and there which I felt added to the authenticity of the movie and I was gripped from start to finish.

      *** Overall ***

      On the whole I felt the film was well written, moved at a good pace starting from his childhood to the start of his rap career moving into mainstream recognition. It managed to keep intensity and momentum throughout and my interest never wained.

      The film is rated 15 as there is some gun violence and some nudity which young ones are probably best not to see. I was actually really surprised and impressed at how much I enjoyed this film, and I certainly think fans of films like 8 Mile (Eminem's semi biopic) will enjoy this as it shows quite a rags to riches story but with slightly more edgy violence and less rap screen time more storyline. On the whole I would recommend it, and give it 5 stars!

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      14.08.2012 19:13
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      A catchy, enjoyable but very overrated album.

      If you've ever wondered why all 50 ever talks about is his money and sales, it's because it's all he's got; a good lyricist - he is not.

      To some, lyrics may not be that important: but the entire basis of rap music and really, the point of it, is lyricism. This is why rap beats are 'repetitive' to so many who dislike the genre, in the sense that: they're looped drum-beats. The drum-beats are backdrops to what is supposed to be lyrical showcasing.

      This album is a beat and hooks showcasing and actually quite neatly marks the decline (I do believe this album encouraged beats-over-substance rap) of mainstream rap. Which ironically, comes right after one of its peaks, with 50's mentor Eminem (with 'The Eminem Show').

      On this album 50 details some of the struggles of the streets on which he grew tough, his then present day fame and status with plenty of bragging (void of wit) in-between.

      There's no denying that there's some good songs on here, but even the very best songs exhibit pretty terrible rapping from 50. 50's real gift, at least back then, was his knack for hooks. He is not completely talentless in the sense - he can create a memorable melody, and that is his only gift to the game: dark, melodic hooks, of which he was certainly not the originator but, was a champion of.

      What everybody never seems to mention though is just how bad of a rapper, technically, 50 Cent is. Which, he wasn't always. Back in 1998 he made an album called 'Power of the Dollar' and that actually features some pretty decent flows and ideas. Since then however, his writing has been at the best lazy, and at the worst embarrassing. He does stumble upon the occasional line that blends life philosophy with gangster brutality, and sometimes, just SOMEtimes nearly very nearly gets close to figuring out how to be witty. But nine times out of ten: he just can't rap.

      Beyond 50's rap skills, there just isn't much originality here either. Almost every song has what could be considered the same verses re-written. I mean, you could literally swap some of them in terms of lyrics, and it would make no difference to either song in terms of it making sense or feeling the same.

      Many rappers like Eminem, seem MORE intelligent in their music, to the point that when they speak: you almost feel like "wow, HE wrote that... ". With 50, he seems much, much less intelligent in his music, and I'm not sure if he's dumbing down or if it's the best he can do, but when you hear his lyrics, it makes you think "wow. He... WROTE... THAT?". He can do better, surely.

      What's actually quite disappointing is the fact that... 50 is not actually a moron. Quite obviously the man is shrewd and ruthless (which in itself does not make him smart), and if you watch any interview with him; you will see that he's perceptive, fairly well-spoken and self-aware. It's just such a shame he can't work his true personality or mind in to his music - he clings to the 'gangsta image' even today and artistically: has nothing to say. Or if he does, he declines to, in favour or cliche and laziness.

      Overall, I do believe that the average music fan would enjoy this album and I think a hip-hop head would too. But I think the enjoyment will come from some of the incredible production and under-your-skin hooks. Also, Eminem has the best verse on the entire album.

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        19.04.2012 19:03

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        A classic album with replay value!

        Before the awful movie there was this classic album and the album is just that. Although every one of his albums has got worse as they have been released this one still stays great when listened to now and you wonder why he ever changed his style, I suppose he got rich and stopped trying. I normally prefer more underground hip hop then this but theres always exceptions.

        My break down of each track;

        1. Whatup Gangsta
        I nice introduction to the album. This is some classic gangsta music from 50, that we all wanna hear again,
        his verses are raw and the chorus keeps in ya head, wish it was a little longer however.

        Rating: 8/10


        2. Patiently waiting (Feat. Eminem)

        Oh god, this track is awesome, 50 brings out good verses, but eminem, in his prime back then, killed the song, and that beat is epic too. The chorus is very catchy too.

        Rating: 10/10


        3. Many Men (wish death)

        50's own favorite song, and yeah why not?
        It's a great track, classic verses and classic chorus, this is probably in my top 10 songs from 50

        Rating: 10/10


        4. In Da Club

        I remember when this track was overplayed on the radio and on TV, good times,
        Great dre beat and 50 made it a clubbanger, classic!

        Rating: 9/10


        5. High All The Time

        This song was always a little mehh to me, I don't really like it, and the chorus is too long,
        I just think it's a bit to boring to me, but thats my opinion, I still give it a 6 tho'

        Rating: 6/10


        6. Heat

        Heat is probably one of my favorite tracks on GRODT, the delivery on this one just makes me angry myself
        the verses are solid and I damn love the chorus, and ofcourse the beat

        Rating: 10/10


        7. If I Can't

        This beat is amazing, another dre produced beat, and another clubbanger, but it's welcome
        and it's a great track, great verses and cool chorus

        Rating: 7.5/10


        8. Blood Hound (Feat. Young Buck)

        I love this song, 50 spits his sick verse, and young buck is being young buck

        Rating: 9.5/10


        9. Back Down

        This is normally a skip for me becuase I like the next one so much. The songs ok but not great, a filler track.

        Rating: 5/10


        10. P.I.M.P

        Another Classic 50 track and the remix was even better. Its a lot more mainstream then most of the album but I suppose you need taht sometimes

        Rating: 8.5/10


        11. Like My Style (Feat. Tony Yayo)

        50 killed this track, chorus is catchy, but why it says that tony yayo featured, he says like 2 lines!
        but it's a great song

        Rating: 9/10


        12. Poor Lil' Rich

        This was my favorite track back in the days, and that didn't change a lot, the beat is awesome,
        the chorus is epic when he hits the higher notes, epic, and the delivery and flow on his verses are good

        Rating: 10/10


        13. 21 Questions

        Played this track, over and over and over again, Nate dogg on the chorus is an instant hit,
        50 is always good on the soultracks, and of course it's just as simple as this: it's a classic


        Rating: 10/10


        14. Don't Push Me (Feat. Lloyd Banks & Eminem)

        50's verse is epic, Lloyd banks is more epic, and Eminem once again outshined everyone, but the other 2 did great 2
        and that chorus is raw too.

        Rating: 10/10

        15. Gotta Make It To Heaven

        The only thing that ruins the song to me is the chorus, never was a fan of that,
        but daaamn his verses are great

        Rating: 8.5/10


        16. Wanksta

        I'm a bigger Ja Rule fan then 50 cent but this song is still a good track.

        Rating: 7/10


        17. U Not Like Me

        NYPD, LAPD, NYPD, ...
        This is another track recorded earlier, but was a bonus cut for get rich or die tryin',
        This is the 50 i wanna hear again


        Rating: 10/10


        18. Life's On The Line

        Nobody likes me.... But that's okay, cause I don't like y'all anyway!
        He sounds so hungry on his older tracks, it's just crazy


        Rating: 10/10


        19. P.I.M.P (Feat. G-unit & Snoop Dogg) (G-unit Remix)

        Daaayuuum, this track remixed is even iller then the original version


        Rating: 10/10



        Final Rating:

        This album was really to bring gangsta rap back, and 50 Succeeded, I think this album became too mainstream nowadays, but it feels so good to bump this again once in awhile, it's definily a great album, only one track that I didn't like that much
        It has a lot of replay value also
        So a well earned

        9/10

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        04.06.2011 15:06
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        decent debut from fiddy

        Introduction

        Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent is one of the most well known rappers around today. He's been stabbed, he's been shot (9 times in one incident) and he's even been arrested. It is fair to say he has had a troubled life and 50 Cent is/was a realtime thug/gangsta. It seems quite a while ago that he released his hugely successful debut album entitled Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The album was first released back in 2003 and has since gone on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide. The special edition of the album with some bonus tracks has a total of 19 songs. Instead of going through each one, I will aim to go through some of the key tracks as well as giving a general overview of the album.

        Tracklisting

        1. "Intro"
        2. "What Up Gangsta"
        3. "Patiently Waiting" (featuring 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" (featuring Young Buck)
        10. "Back Down"
        11. "P.I.M.P."
        12. "Like My Style" (featuring Tony Yayo)
        13. "Poor Lil Rich"
        14. "21 Questions" (featuring Nate Dogg)
        15. "Don't Push Me" (featuring Lloyd Banks & Eminem)
        16. "Gotta Make It to Heaven"
        17. Wanksta
        18. U not like me
        19. Lifes on the line


        The album gets off to a high octane start with the "what up gangsta " track. If you had any doubts about his gangsta habits and such he shows what he really means. "They say I walk around like got an "S" on my chest ,Naw, that's a semi-auto, and a vest on my chest." The "Patiently Waiting Track " with Eminem also announces himself in the big time as he collaborates with another very high profile rapper. Eminem is overall a better rapper and artist than 50 Cent which is clear but he still has his own kind of style which works and still appeals to a mainstream audience. Em raps in this song "Take some Big and some Pac, and you mix em up in a pot/sprinkle a little Big L on top/what the f**k do you got?" I think everyone will know who he is referring to. Many Men was a single off the album and is another pretty decent track which explains how people are after him but also how he is now trying to get on with his music career. "I'm trying to be what I'm destined to be
        And n***az trying to take my life away."

        The most well known and played track and lead single off the album is of course " In da club". It has a great catchy beat and some decent lyrics too which made it a huge hit. The other top track off the album is 21 questions with Nate Dogg. This is a great positive track and is quite different to many tracks on the album. In fact Dr Dre apparently did not want this track to be on the album as it was quite soppy and was not fitting with his gangsta style but 50 explained "I'm two people. I've always had to be two people since I was a kid, to get by. To me that's not diversity, it's necessity." This is one of the top tracks on the album and it was good that it was allowed on to the album. The other two singles were P.I.M.P which I think many people can guess the contents of ("I'm bout my money you see, girl you can holla at me" ) and 'If I can't' which is also a pretty decent track. Wanksta was also another single which was about wannabe ganstas who act like one but haven't done anything or been involved with anything to back up this fact.

        Overall

        I have gone through quite a few of the main tracks and singles on this debut album by 50 Cent. Overall it is a good debut from him and there are enough decent tracks on this. There is a bit of filler content also but generally speaking this is very good. He is not as good a rapper as others out there namely Eminem but this album was able to appeal to a mainstream audience and has proved to be very popular. His subsequent albums did not gain as great a success but I would give this one 4/5 stars

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        16.06.2010 12:57
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        Best album by 50 Cent to date.

        50 Cent is the most talked about rapper (in the mainstream) since his debut album on the Shady/ Aftermath label was released in 2003. He has the most muscly, tattooed beefed up physique that I've seen in yonks. Anyway his recent appearance in the UK for the Brit awards has reminded me that I've been listening to his album for months now and still haven't reviewed it! Well that has to be amended ;-)

        So who is 50 Cent?

        Well 50 a.k.a Curtis Jackson was born in 1975 in the infamous Queens drug dynasty. Raised without a father, 50 lost his crack dealer mother when only eight in mysterious circumstances. The orphaned child was taken in by his grandparents, who brought him up. Unlike most rappers 50 has lived and breathed a gangsta' lifestyle involving drugs, crime, several imprisonments (he followed his mothers footsteps in dealing crack until the mid-90s when he turned toward rap), stabbings, and of course the legendary near-fatal shooting in April 2000.

        If you like me wondered when and where he was shot I'll satisfy your curiosity; he was shot nine times, including a bullet to the face, One shot penetrated his hand, and the others in his legs and thighs. A spooky coincidence is that it happened near where Jam Master Jay was killed two years later. He spent the next few months in recovery while he was dropped from his label. All of this and he still doesn't give up. He released track after track, without any backing with his mate Sha Money XL. The duo created a buzz, and 50 released some solo work on the brilliant underground album "Guess Who's Back?". Inevitably 50 caught the eye of Eminem and Dr Dre and was quickly signed up on the Shady/Aftermath record label. And then 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' was born.

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        TRACKS
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        1. Intro
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        The intro is a nice touch with deceptively gentle sound of a 50 cent piece being spun round and then falling on the floor. Then there's the ominous sound of a gun being loaded.

        2. What Up Gangsta
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        'What up, blood? (What)
        What up, cuz? (What)
        What up, blood? (What)
        What up, Gangstaaa?'

        Undeniably the best way to kick off the album. I particularly enjoyed the lines:
        'They say I walk around like got an "S" on my chest/ Nah, that's a semi-auto, and a vest on my chest'. Many will think he has an ego the size of Jupiter and I wouldn't exactly disagree but it's all part of the unusual 50 Cent charm. 'What Up Gangsta' is a very catchy opener indeed.

        3. Patiently Waiting - feat.Eminem
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        Without a doubt my favourite track on the album. A sinister, often bleak, ominous number. It has the stamp of Eminem on it, it is also produced by him and the quality of his recent work is fantastic. Great to see an effective collaboration like this, it has some class lyrics:
        'Sh*t I aint even got to try to shine
        God's a seamstress who tailor-fitted my pain
        I got scriptures in my brain
        I can spit at your thang'

        I have to admit I love the bit when Eminem's rap kicks in because it raises the menacing atmosphere to whole new level. It is a shame that it opens with 50 declaring 'Em you know you my favourite white boy...'. Some things are better left unsaid, especially on an otherwise fantastically moody track like this.

        4. Many Men
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        'Many men' uses a very familiar sample of Eminem at the beginning. The track has a melodious beat which accompanies the vocals faultlessly. The chorus is remarkably catchy: 'Many men, many many many men, wish death upon me...' A very accurate statement considering 50's history.

        5. In Da Club
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        Here is the first single slickly produced by Dr. Dre. A track that has been blasted on dance floors everywhere. I have rarely been out and not heard this in the past eleven months. The bass heavy beat is effortlessly catchy and work with the lyrics perfectly. Also the winning addition of the lyrics 'Hey Shorty/ It's your Birthday' means many will adopt it as a birthday track and so it is requested a lot.

        I suspect it is the effortless and simple beat that is the real secret to the success. It's instantly recognisable and perfect for bootleggers, which led to them bringing the album release date forward. Coupled with the catchy sing-along lyrics it was bound to be a runaway success.

        6 High All The Time
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        'High all the time' is the obligatory track about drugs and its not exactly one of the best on the album but not a complete turkey. I'd give it 6/10, not one you'd jump up to skip on your CD Player.

        7. Heat
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        This track opens with a talking intro with 50 and a friend on there way to a drive-by. I spent weeks skipping it as I thought it was just an intro! The continuous and unceasing loading of the clip and shots gets a tad wearisome. Apart from that it is a standard gangsta' track with the subject matter.

        8. If I Can't
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        Currently being played to death by Radio One and other stations too. I'm disappointed that they haven't released the vastly superior 'Patiently Waiting' instead. Ah well at least it'll stop me from hating it due to overplay. Anyway I do quite like 'If I Can't' though I wouldn't have placed it as a potential single compared to the rest of the tracks on the album.

        9 Blood Hound - feat. Young Buck
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        A surprisingly upbeat 'woofy'number featuring. Young Buck of G Unit. It seems to be inspired by DMX's style and I feel it would have benefited from an appearance from the original rapper himself. No one else can get the rumbling threatening bark off pat like DMX really. It does work well though on its own, I like the vocals Of Young Buck and hope to hear more from this guy in the future.

        10 Back Down
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        This track amuses me, in a good way of course. The prime culprit of bringing humour into the track is the lyrics:

        'It's easy to see when you look at me
        If you look closely, 50 don't BACK DOWN
        Everywhere I go both coasts wit toast
        Eastside, Westside, I hold that MACK DOWN'

        The track centres on 50's continuing gripe with Ja Rule. There is a bit of a story brought into the track which I have a penchant for (think 'Stan' that kind of thing). Though this is in no way in the same league as 'Stan', it is a decent track. The best bit is Ja Rule being made to come across as the cookie monster. The end of the track is very funny, nice to get some sarcastic humour laced with derision, cynicism and disdain. Just my kind of wit.

        11 P.I.M.P.
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        This track has also been a hit single, and I must admit I vastly prefer the album version to the one featuring Snoop. P.I.M.P is all about being in the 'bling bling' world of whores and pimps. I'm not too keen on the thought of rappers glorifying the concept of pimps- makes me feel pretty uncomfortable to be honest. The lyrics are very catchy and flow well:

        'Now shorty, she in the club, she dancing for dollars
        She got a thing for that Gucci, that Fendi, that Prada
        That BCBG, Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana
        She feed them foolish fantasies, they pay her cause they wanna
        I spit a little G man, and my game got her
        A hour later, have that ass up in the Ramada..'

        Who is 50 kidding with this bit: 'She like my style, she like my smile, she like the way I talk She from the country, think she like me cause I'm from New York...'
        She likes your smile? Cos it reminds her of a horse? Sorry couldn't help it!

        12 Like My Style - feat. Tony Yayo of G Unit
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        I like this track, it makes me laugh because of the 'Uh huh' bits. :
        '(Uh huh) I know you like my style
        (Uh huh) You like how I break it down
        (Uh huh) I know you like style
        (Uh huh) You like how I break it down'

        Even though Tony Yayo only appears on the track for about ten seconds he's pretty good:
        'You're not really, really ready (ready)
        The drama will have ya ass in trauma BOY!
        You're not really, really ready (ready)
        My knife flip open and then I gets to pokin
        You're not really, really ready (ready)... '

        I really hope the lyrics are tongue-in-cheek because I interpret this song as being a bit sarcastic and poking fun at the gangsta' lifestyle that rappers adopt.
        13 Poor Lil Rich
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        A funky, catchy upbeat track from the outset. 'Poor lil Rich' explores the novel concept of how his jewellery talks for him.
        Kicks off with the funniest lyrics:

        'I let my watch talk for me, my whip talk for me
        My gat talk for me, BOW! What up homie
        My watch saying 'hi shorty we can be friends'
        My whip saying quit playing bitch get in '
        Catchy but can be offensive due to overuse of the word 'n*gga'.

        14 21 Questions - feat. Nate Dogg
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        '21 Questions' is the most underrated track on the album. The guitar gives the track a more laidback feel. The basic gist of the track is 50 asking his girl if he lost his riches if she would still love him. Who else would use a line like "I love you like a fat kid love cake". Nate Dogg's is a brilliant choice as his cool vocals complement 50's really well. He also adds to the calm mood of the song, every time I hear this guys voice I think of 'Regulate'. Definitely a chilled track.

        15. Don't Push Me - feat. Lloyd Banks and Eminem
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        The second track produced and featuring Eminem. The theme is all in the title, and delves into subjects like suspicion, jealousy, anger and murder. The chorus is straight to the point and highly effective in creating an angry ambience:
        'Right now I'm on the edge
        So don't push me
        I aim straight for your head
        So don't push me
        Fill your ass up with lead
        So don't push me
        I got something for your ass, keep thinking I'm p*ssy'

        Lloyd Banks (from G Unit) is also excellent on this track. As usual Eminem adds the extra 'oomph' to the track. My favourite Eminem bit has to be:
        'Man these teenie boppers see me on these magazine covers
        In these beanies and these rags, living fantasies
        Fronting like it's all fun and games
        Till they shoot 'em up bang'

        16 Gotta Make It To Heaven
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        'Gotta Make It To Heaven' has some ambiguity as though it could have been a dark track, the instrumental is pretty upbeat and downright lively. I actually like this apparent contradiction, the chorus is incredibly catchy 'I gotta make it to heaven/ I'm going through hell'.
        The track also discusses the fickleness of fame and the music industry: 'Some say I'm paranoid I say I'm careful how I choose my friends/ Been to ICU once I ain't going again '.

        17 W*nksta
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        This track actually debuted on the exceptional 8 Mile soundtrack. It has been appreciated by the masses, I've even spotted the video on Channel U some time ago. I assume the American audiences don't really understand the contempt laden in this track. The track discusses the scorn and derision 50 feels for the wannabe gangsters who don't have the balls to shoot anyone. Definitely a cut above similar tracks. It has an infectious flow which will really appeal to urban music fans.

        18. Not like me
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        A standard rap track with references to N.Y.P.D and snitches with a good heavy dose of swearing. Nothing special, I tend to skip it.
        19 Your Life's on the Line
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        I'm reliably informed this is a pre-getting-shot-in-the-face track. So 50 sounds a bit different, it's interesting to judge the difference for yourself. I personally don't think there is such a huge change- he's just a bit more mumbly now.

        I like this track and the way the tempo is upped at certain points. The lyrics are quite catchy and its worth a listen just to see the difference in voice for yourself.

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        CONCLUSION
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        On the whole this is an excellent 'debut' with Shady/ Aftermath, and Fifty has with this effort outsold all the competition in 2003. I got this nugget of knowledge from the Brit Awards, though it was a disappointing performance from 50 Cent. There was a very fake news video where 50 is interrogated by British cops and escapes.

        As with Rappers of Dre and Eminem's calibre the production is slick and flawless. Guest appearances are excellent with no one outshining 50, and yet adding that extra something to the album. Names like Kon Artis, Nate Dogg, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and of course Eminem pop up on the album. It is far too early to compare him to the likes of Biggie and Tupac at this stage of his career. Lets see what we think of his work once his third album is out, he's not proved his versatility yet with his music.

        Even if the subject matters (I.e murder/ jealousy/ hate/ drugs/ guns) may not be completely unique, there is something innovative about the way the album is packaged. The cynical side of me wonders if 50 will be able to keep and surpass this level of quality without Dre and Eminem holding his hand. There is a definite danger of his work becoming repetitive, I mean we all KNOW you were shot nine times and you are a big hard man- but what is new?! Hopefully the next album will explore other subjects, after all '21 questions' is often overlooked because of the rest of the more aggressive tracks (personally I would love to see him collaborate with Missy Elliott, and with British acts like Jamelia and Mis-Teeq). Also '21 Questions' can be misinterpreted to be the 'token love song' with the amazingly difference between it and the rest of the listing. On it's own 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' is an album which for me will retain its listening longevity as it has a good range of tracks that I love.

        First posted on Ciao a while ago!

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          21.04.2010 10:15
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          5o Cent, the man who would not die gets his rap debut!

          Get Rich Or Die Trying is the notorious first album from commercial rap artist, 50 Cent and was released to much fanfare and shameless promotion when it first came out. It is fair to say that my opinons of Fiddy's album were less than high when it first emerged but subsequent listens, and it helps that now much of the hype has finally died down, have over time changed my opinion!

          There are some truly great and memorable tracks here from the opening number, What Up Gangsta, which is one of my favourites through to Many Men (Wish Death), High All The Time and the singles In Da Club and 21 Questions; this latter with its classic line of "I love you like a fat kid loves cake!" Even Wanksta which featured on the 8 Mile soundtrack appears and though there are a few of the later songs here which I still am not totally in love with, over all it is fair to say that there are more tracks on this album now that I like than there are ones I dislike!!

          It is certainly a grower and may take several listens before you come to appreciate the album as a whole, as it did with me, but once you get past all the posturing and self-appreciation that seemed to follow in the wake of this album's release, what you are left with is a highly competent and enjoyable release from an artist who has gone on to better and better things the longer his career has lasted! 50 Cent was famously shot a record number of times and survived. The same could be said about this album. No matter how much people criticise it, it remans a very strong album and well worth a look!

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          A fine debut album by 50 Cent!

          50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)

          Producer: Dr. Dre, Eminem and a thousand others

          Intro
          What Up Gangsta
          Patiently Waiting
          Many Men (Wish Death)
          In da Club
          High All the Time
          Heat
          If I Can't
          Blood Hound
          Back Down
          P.I.M.P.
          Like My Style
          Poor Lil Rich
          21 Questions
          Don't Push Me
          Gotta Make It to Heaven

          Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the commercial debut album by Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent. Chances are that this album is probably the first time any of us heard 50 Cent, unless of course you are in touch with the underground rap scene, which I am most definitely not. Four years earlier, 50 Cent had a debut album, Power of the Dollar, all lined up for release on Columbia Records, but a couple of months before the album's release 50 Cent was famously shot, no less than 9 times. Subsequently, Columbia pulled the album from their release schedule and 50 Cent was released from his contract.

          Luckily for 50 Cent, a fellow rapper was to come to the rescue - enter Eminem. Eminem had been sent a copy of 50 Cent's 2002 compilation album and only official release, Guess Who's Back. Impressed by what he heard, Eminem invited Cent to Los Angeles. There, he met Dr. Dre and as a result was given a record deal and the chance which Columbia had so unfairly pulled from under his feet. Which brings us nicely around to talking about Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

          50 Cent has a laid back rapping style, which is often placed over heavy, synthesized, grinding beats. The truth is, 50 Cent is a pretty awful rapper, especially if you compare him up against some of his peers, not least of all Eminem. But there's an undeniably cheesy charm to his slurred speech and deceptively simple raps. No doubt having taken this into account, Executive Producers Dr. Dre & Eminem have played to 50 Cent's strengths.

          There's really only one place where you can start talking about this record and that's In da Club. One of the biggest hits of 2003, this debut single from Get Rich or Die Tryin' has been custom-made for mass-market appeal. That means that you & I and absolutely everybody else can find something to like within its 3 minutes or so running time. I mean, what's not to like? You have boisterous horns, catchy hand claps and spare guitar riffs dotted about. All taken on their own they are nothing exceptional, but together the accumulative effect is very desirable.

          If I Can't follows a similar template to In da Club, but is an altogether less intense listen. 50 Cent's rapping is among some of his best on the album and when matched with the surging organ riffs and spirited chorus it becomes a sweeping feel good anthem, "If I can't do it homie it can't be done! I'm gonna let the champagne bottle pop, I'm gonna take it to the top!"

          I'm not making this album out to be something it's not. The singles are the strongest points on the album and have been very cleverly positioned one every couple of songs, which is far better than chucking them all in at the start of the album and then leaving little else for you to get your teeth into.

          Having said this, one of the best non-singles on the album is Like My Style. Cent's rapping is very clear and crisp, it all hangs together well as he switches from one verse to the next, and the shift is faultless. Musically, you have a heavy drum beat, with several synths dotted around the place and the now obligatory funky guitar riff.

          The most positive moment on the album is 21 Questions, which features rapper Nate Dog during the chorus. Reportedly, Dr. Dre had been reluctant to include a love song in amongst all the playa hating and weed smoking, but 50 Cent was adamant about its inclusion on the record. The song takes a guitar sample from Barry White's It's Only Love Doing Its Thing and repeats it continuously. Trust me; it's far better than it sounds. Oh, and well done for standing your ground 50, the album is made better by its addition.

          Are there lowlights? Yes, too many to mention here, but thankfully the classy party anthems on the record manage to outweigh the negative effects of these tracks. But for criticism's sake, I must mention a couple of the weaker tunes. Poor Lil Rich has an unfinished and underdeveloped electronic beat, which is both unyielding and charmless in its repetition. Similarly, Don't Push Me fails for almost the exact same reasons. Unfortunately, it's made slightly worse because of 50 Cent's immature lyrics, which revolve around 'beef' with fellow rappers and venting his frustration with violence, not love. It's like 21 Questions never even happened.

          The album is brought to an end by Gotta Make It to Heaven. Slick, stylish and relentlessly cool, it is one of the album's strongest tracks. The main synth beat is so heavy it isn't even funny, yet when paired with 50 Cent's insistent praying during the chorus it becomes a classic, "I gotta make it to heaven, I'm going through hell!" Other than this, there are about another five different hooks throughout the track, all of which when put together have the result of taking you to a rap cloud nine.

          Inconsistent? Yes. A classic? No. One of the best rap albums ever? Don't make me laugh.

          But Get Rich or Die Tryin' is so much pure, unadulterated fun, that I can forgive it all of its minor trespasses and happily recommend it to you.

          7/10

          Daniel Kemp

          Read more reviews at www.danielkempreviews.co.uk

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            50 Cent's debut album

            Although he had released a couple of underground ones prior to this, "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" is often seen as the debut album by the New York-raised rapper 50 Cent. The album went straight to number one after lots of big singles raised the awareness of the artist to many reaches of the population. 50 is backed by Dr. Dre and Eminem amongst others for this album, and it is why it is so highly-rated.

            1. "Intro"

            2. "What Up Gangsta?"

            This is quite simply the best way to get this album started as it gets him bursting through with hardcore rhymes in order to show what he represents and which sub-genre to Hip Hop he is a part of. Here he aligns himself with the Gangsta Rap side of things, and it is clear through the way he comes through with this bassy opener with raps which centre on links to all gangs in his area.

            **Four Stars**

            3. "Patiently Waiting" (feat. Eminem)

            From a banger to kick the album off, I felt as though he completely drops his standards for this one as he collaborates with Em', and I simply do don't like the artist, so having him both produce and rap on this put me right off the thing, and I thought that it had little to offer, when you compare it to other tunes which you find on this release.

            **One Star**

            4. "Many Men"

            Although not a single from the album, this is seen to be one of the big singles from the album and it received lots of attention regardless of not being amongst the four singles to come off the release. It has him take a step back and simply look on the world (as he sees it) from a different perspective as he does an overview of the situations in the impoverish areas, and how the gang lifestyle's infrastructure works.

            **Four Stars**

            5. "In Da Club"

            For a debut single, you can't get much bigger than this one as this tne did exactly as it aimed to do by tearing up the clubs and putting all attention to the then-newcomer with a banger of a recording where he gets everyone moving as he raps about just having fun whilst in the club and doing what he does when he gets there. You can't really complain about any aspect of this as it is just well done as a whole.

            **Five Stars**

            6. "High All The Time"

            I thought that this was a prettyy general track of the album, and it seems to be very representative of the whole thing as much of the content semes o borrwo from elsehere on the album. it has 50 by himself on it, and he seems to be fairly confident in this position (although his rhymes are a little too commercial and bland)

            **Four Stars**

            7. "Heat"

            This one is a straight Gangsta Rap track from the artist, and has him going hard with the lyrics whilst speaking on how he loves to roll with guns at all times and use them whenever he feels is necessary. It seemed rather generic, and pretty false at times (especially when he fabricates things such as him killing peoples mothers as a form of torture, instead of getting them directly). It's not the type of thing that I would usually listen to, but he did alright with it.

            **Three Stars**

            8. "If I Can't"

            Had this one not been released as a single, I expect that it would have been an unmemorable one. This is because it is rather generic, and even though Dr. Dre is on the production to it, his sounds were being heard all over at the time, and so it may have fitted right in with the music of the time, but it certainly did not stand out. 50 shows that he still has love for the old school with line from Run-D.M.C.'s "Peter Piper", but displays that he is mainly here to advance things for Hip Hop.

            **Four Stars**

            9. "Blood Hound" (feat. Young Buck)

            Here is a track which has the rapper perform relentlessly as he raps alongside his outhern G-Unit man (at the time) Young Buck, and together they come with a grimey track, composed by Sean Blaze, and it all leads to him creating a suitable atmosphere for this kind of hardcore work, which all adds to the diversity of the music in this first commercially-available album from him.

            **Four Stars**

            10. "Back Down"

            This one is a straight diss track directly towards the likes of artists such as Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, Cadillac Tah and the whole Murder Inc. family. I felt that it was pretty good at fulfilling its aim, however unless you are already up opn the situation, you won't have a clue what any of this is about (especially since he was pretty much unknown prior to this album).

            **Two Stars**

            11. "P.I.M.P."

            The remix to this was a single from the album, and you must compare this original recording to the G-Unit remix, which featured not only the then-G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, but also Snoop Dogg. I have to say that that one is much improved with the collaboration, however this is still a good one as Kon Artis gives 50 an icy beat to rap about his role of a pimp when it comes to the girls.

            **Four Stars**

            12. "Like My Style" (feat. Tony Yayo)

            Life-long friend to the rapper, Tony Yayo raps alongside him on this one, and altough I beleive that the featured rapper is one of the most overrated on his G-Unit roster, this one manages to maintain a high stadard, and stick as one of the top tuns from the album. Rockwilder is on the beats, and the East Coast5 legend knows exactly what is needed to give him the correct stuff to get noticed on this record.

            **Four Stars**

            13. "Poor Lil' Rich"

            Sha Money XL is one the beats, and the whole thing is dominated by heavy synth, and this marks a strong element to thie thing which allows it to truely advance the track. There's a lot going on in it as the rapper speaks on his vaired influences (altohugh all within the Hip Hop genre) as hge speaks on the regional differences to it.

            **Four Stars**

            14. "21 Questions" (feat. Nate Dogg)

            This was one of the better tracks from the release, and it has 50 working alongside the biggest hook man of the nineties as he sings for the chorus whilst 50 brings down the energy levels in order to address his girl and find out whether he has found a girl who is down for him at any cost. It is a good one to display how diverse the artist is, and his confidence in doing this without thinking it may harm his 'Gangsta' reputation.

            **Four Stars**

            15. "Don't Push Me" (feat. Lloyd Banks and Eminem)

            Here's another whihc has Eminem takign on the big roles within the tune, and although I thought that I could get into this one a lot easier (as the beats seemed to be less directly connected to Eminem), However I found that once he actually beagn the raps, I couldn't stand it. 50 seems to adopt a 'pac-esuqe delivery of rhymes for this one, and it really helps him, but doesn't aid once it is spolied.

            **Two Stars**

            16. "Gotta Make It To Heaven"

            I though that this was a very good way to end things as it leaves you on a high. Before listening to it, you would think that it isn't going to be as fun as it actually is as you get surprisingly strong production from Megahertz, who forces you to pay attention, even while we end the release off. He speaks of how the struggle must be leading to a paradise life later on as it has been so hard for him up to this point.

            **Four Stars**

            I can understand why so many like this album so much. However, I personally felt that it was a very commerical release, and had him look to take the same fans that the likes of Emiem had before as his work is very straight-forwrd and doesn't do anything but give the audience the same old typical Gangsta Rap that had all been heard before. The production is where all the quality lies, and it often distorts the weak lyrics

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              50 Cents first and only good CD.

              This was 'Fiddy's' first album, a collaboration with a fair few aother artistes and on the back of his sucessful single 'In da club'. Produced by Aftermath records, an Eminem, Dr Dre outfit, it was bound to be sucessful. It is hard, gritty; many conservative Americans wanted it banned, not just because of the gratuitous talk of guns n 'ho's' but because of the constant swearing.

              Track 1. Intro.
              Simply a 6 second coin spinning....why?

              Track 2. What up Gansta?
              Laconic rap/singing, basically telling his story of brushes with the law and DA and how no one can 'match him', not bad, but a slow burning opener really, heavy drum n bass line. 6/10.

              Track 3. Patiently waiting.
              Nice back beat and almost movie like suspense riff to match his quite staccato rapping, building on the last track, bit more of a story about him, yep, the ego is starting to show!. 6/10 (mainly dues to the music).

              Track 4. Many men (wish death).
              Now this is a great track, really great mix of music, singing and rap, with a very catchy chorus, mixed with the sounds of guns cocking etc. 8/10.

              Track 5. In da club.
              This is the track that 'launched' 50 cent. Some years on it does stand the test of time, great beat, great lyrics and a real catchy hook. He has this ability to rap quite slowly, or at least make it seem slow, over a fast beat. Top track. 9/10.

              Track 6 High all the time.
              See if you can guess what this is about? Actually a nice song with a good musical backing and pretty cool lyrics, all about material goods and what he see's as important in life. 8/10.

              Track 7. Heat.
              Absolute cr*p. 1/10.

              Track 8. If I can't.
              Cracking backing track to this song, lyrics don't match, apart from the chorus which is quite catchy. Not bad, 5/10.

              Track 9. Blood hound.
              Rubbish again, can't bring myself to even describe it. 1/10.

              Track 10. Back down.
              Really interesting track, very macho with 50 saying how he won't back down, set to a great backing track with a piano going up and down a scale. Yet for all this machismo toward the end of the track there is a bizarre skit of a rap with someone who is as camp as a row of tents, giving a commentary on what 50 is supposed to have said about another rapper and how 50 is 'back'. It shouldn't work, but does, cracking track. 9/10.

              Track 10. P.I.M.P.
              More rubbish, did well in the charts, mainly because of the video, naff and outdated in views, lyrics and styule. 1/10.

              Track 11. Like my style.
              Strange track, I cannot decide if I like this or not.....the lyrics are naff, more guns etc. but the music is busy, confusing and pretty good. 6/10.

              Track 12. Poor little rich.
              More naffness. "I tell the ho's whatever they wanna hear", please! 1/10.

              Track 13. 21 questions.
              Great track this, good sampling, good story, all about a bit of self awareness, it is his money and fame which gets him the girls.....what if that wasn't there? what if he ended up in jail? A lyrical exploration of his self doubt.....probably the only 'true' track on the CD. 8/10.

              Track 14. Don't push me.
              More ego, more threats, more grandiose stories, more guns, more violence. yawn. 2/10.

              Track 15. Gotta make it to heaven.
              Nothing, nonsense. 0/10.

              Track 16. Wanksta.
              Great backing, quite cool lyrics, almost comedic, yet serious too, 'dissing' anyone who thinks they are as hard as him. 7/10.

              Track 17. U not like me.
              I really like this track. He sets out his stall here for sure. talks about his wounds after he was shot nine times in a drug/gang related hit. He gives 'snitches' and pretty much everyone else a hard time. This is all true. I love the line: "Shell hit my jaw, and aint wait for doc to pull it out, hit my wisdom tooth (spit sound) and I spat it out". Great track for me, probably best of the CD. 9/10.

              Track 18. Life on the line.
              Boring. 1/10.

              Track 19. (Bonus). In da Club, (a cappella).
              Not great, he really does not have a singers voice, music helps, no more of this please. 1/10.

              Final thoughts:
              Here is a guy who was selling drugs at 12, been in prison, shot people and been shot himself, nine times on one occasion. If he didn't make it with this CD who knows what would have happened to him. He did make it. It is raw and has many of his past 'elements' still hanging around. Some naff tracks, but some classics. What a shame that after this he really has done little of worthy note. Worth getting, and it can be picked up for less than a fiver now. Good edition to any rap library.

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                Break through rap album for 50 Cent

                Get Rich or Die Trtin was the 2003 break through album for rap artist 50 Cent. Produced by the cobined talents of Dr Dre and Eminem this was a great hip hop album with some great songs and although the usual topics of drug dealing, violence and women feature strongly with lots of swearing and attitude here were some innovative back beats and sampling used in the music to make this stand out from the rest.

                This is a strong album with good quality tracks throughout and a number of songs went on to be chart hits. Many en is an excellent song charting 50 Cent rise out of his childhood neighbourhood when he dealt drugs to make a living and was the victim of a number of attempts on his life. At times he wears the bullet wounds like a badge of honour and the violence is depicted as a rites of passage, hardly a warming message for the youth of America but clearly one that sells records.

                In Da Club has a heavy beat to it with a catcht chorus and a moody drum beat throughout hile PIMP has a more calypso beat and combines him rapping with Snoop Dog.

                21 Questions is another great song and includes the talents of Nate Dogg while Don't Push Me features Eminem as does Patiently Waiting.

                The only down side to this album is the couple of skits that American rappers are so fond of and these addnothing other tha making the track list look longer than it really is.

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                Money spent badlly

                "Get Rich Or Die Trying" is a massively overrated album 'bottom line'. Although that seems alot to say about an album which is sold 11 million albums worldwide and is critically aclaimed as a classic. Even saying this has alot wondering what this guy is talking about, Get Rich is a flawfull album and cause of Hip-Hop death.Half of the album is brain damage, while the other half is great.Although there some great moments in the album i would definetly not recommend it to any one with 10 bucks. The very stupidly written, very straight no suprises 'Shoot Em Up','Get High,'Club Banging,' songs is all you'll get here in this dragged out,depressing album that just shows you where great music and great producers go WRONG.


                -(The Tracks)-
                1.Intro
                Is what it is an intro. 5/10

                2.What Up Gangsta
                Weird Production,Stupid Annoying Keyboard riff,
                The querre production leave u going from typical gangster bang bang clap,To the ridiculous sounding keyboards leaving u smashing ur head of a wall and not in a good way.The laughable Clishee lyrics leave u ribbs broken with the heroic lines like "100gs i stash it,The mac i blast it" just leaves u amazed of how easilly a 1,000,000$ record deal is made .3/10

                3.Paitently Waiting
                "When I Die They'll read this,And say a genius wrote it"...... Really?.Production 500,000 grand a song!.I could have made that beat with a sock!.U're ass will get rolled on the mighty & wise 50 claims.The only other things i can say about song is that eminem makes the song like a cheesy hollywood film 50's painfully bad lyrics leave u hating the song from start 2 end 2/10

                4.Many Men
                OK production at the most, Nice well done gangster'd out piano hook,but then like the opposite of "What Up Gangsta" leaves u with an underground cheap drum machine sample clashing badly with the piano.Lyrics are ok but the "I Put A Hole Through A Nigga For F*cking Wit Me" and "Blood In My Dawg And I Can't See" speaks 4 It self. p . 4/10

                5.Like Toy Soldiers
                Great sample but eminem funnily enough ruins the tracks good production by dragging the ass out off all his average easily achived verses. 7/10

                6.Mosh
                A more powerful more meaningful song than this album is used to which is the problem.The song dose not suit encore as the album comes of as a commercial pop album.Although this is great dre production with powerful synths and a needed electric guitar smashes through this single which sounds great.Eminem lyrics are a showcase of his abiltiy.A Great song white america prt2 smashes ur stereos but again does not suit album. 8/10

                7.Puke
                Waste of album space ok obvioulsly Young children are going to remember this because increaseingly catchy chourus.Although whats really strange is even though eminem makes his view on boybands known! he sings the full song.But the production is the worst on the album boring,typicall,brain damage,no creativity all it is "bang,clap" for 4 minutes of the biggest waste of time in my life..2/10

                8.My 1st Single
                I know what ur thinking first 15 seconds u turned it of but its suprisingly a lyrical Gem.Even though the production makes u feel like u want to kill yourself the lyrics really are masterfull.. 7/10

                9. Paul (Skit)
                Funny Skit But Then Again can't Rate It Because its a skit.5/10

                10.Rain Man
                Absolute classic track just shows what eminem can still acheive lyrics are side splitting production perfect.Eminem delivers one of the best tracks of his career and anybody who can't see that have no musical taste at all!.10/10

                11.Big Weenie
                Bad Bad track.Hook Terrible.Production Trash.Lyrics show that he is gifted but again the hook & production drag him down. 5/10

                12.Em Calls Paul (Skit)
                Funny Skit But Then Again can't Rate It Because its a skit. 5/10

                13.Just Lose It
                Boring lame production and annoying because it has tried to gain as much sucsess as other very simmilar hits Buisness,Without Me,My Name Is & The Real Slim Shady.It just shows u that sometimes then same formula over and over again dosent always work the production is lazy the lyrics lazy the hook lazy.With cheap shots at michael cheap lyrics like"Ohh boy just Touch My Body,A Mean Girl Just Touch My Body"all my pity goes into this as the worst song on the album.1/10

                14.Ass Like That
                Obvious single material but not a good single by any means.Ok funny lyrics commercially ok beat but its the hook thats unbelievably bad and drags it down incredibly.4/10

                15.Spend Some Time
                Chorus Makes u want to kill urself production not actually that bad every body apart from that every one else delivers chillingy bad lyrics but after obies verse and that chorus comes on you are obviously going to turn it off but when ems verse kicks in its like a different song altogether.5/10

                16.Mocking Bird
                Ok Chorus is a joke we all know its absoultly pathetic but ems lyrics and the really creative beat is enough to keep this a good track.7/10

                17.Crazy In Love
                When it comes on u feel like u tuned in to a cheesy 80's work out album but its a suprising sample to be on his album but is intresting and leaves waiting to chorus the lyrics are smart witty and with lyrics like "You are my reason for being the meaning of my existstence"leave u blown away and one the albums better productions.7/10

                18.One Shot 2 Shot
                Absolute CLASSIC D-12 makes u sad it wasnt a d-12 album its so great dosent have any flaws the beat is just the best beat ever perfect for this song feels like some old classic devils night joint bizzare is hillarious every track with simple easy but needed lyrics such as "Nigga what about ur wife nigga f*ck my wife im tryin to run and save my muthaf*ckin life" leaves u just soaking up the glory of the track.The also has a very intresting well told story of nigga from another hood who shoots up a club and everybody tries to escape,the dj gets shot,kuniva gets shot by gangsters in a black mishubiti,in the end they cant find him.10/10

                19.Final Thought (Skit)
                Eminem Breating Dosent count as skit .4/10

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                  the one to buy

                  is impossible for me to really explain to you in words , the greatness of this album . Yes , there is ALOT of hype around this album and yes , it certainly lives up to it . Now , dont be under any illusion that i am a typical foolish young teenager heavily influenced by what i hear , think foul language is cool etc . Because i am not foolish and delusional, i am 14 years old and i am telling you how it is , this is a fantastic album , with slick , skilled production from Dr Dre and Eminem , crunching beats and tight lyrics . Yes , it is explicit in the way it is told and anyone who does not like violent content in music , this is not for you . However I must say I enjoy every song on this album !The first single off this album , In Da Club is a typical Dre club banger with a very catchy , thumping rhythm and good lyrics to go with it . The brilliant 'Wanksta' from the 8 Mile soundtrack fortuneately is included and is certainly one of the best bon the album . The rest of the Dre produced joints being Heat , If I can't and Back Down are strong standout songs on first listening . Patiently Waiting is your more than typical Eminem produced song with good beat and lyrics , the part of Em's verse that changes background music is very cleverly done and great to listen too ! Blood Hound , being Young Buck's first official song release with 50 Cent is a very predictable 'beef' song with constant referances to firearms and bad childhood years , great rhyming lyrics and great sounding music . P.I.M.P is a very addictive sex / love song with pounding steel drums and wording ( unfortuneately the video version of the song featuring snoop dogg and g-unit , being the better version , is not on here but the original is still good.)Finally , Dont Push me , produced by and featuring Eminem and Lloyd Banks is a very good song ( rivalling 'wanksta' in my opinion ) with good sound effects and brilliant violin background . Overall this is gangsta rap in its purest form , great sounding and great to listen to , yes , the way it is portrayed is explicit with constant drug and gun referances and strong language , but behind the content is great sounding music asnd that is the sole reason we like music ! Great debut , much better than 'The Massacre' , this is 50 at his Best ! GGGGGUNIT !

                  1 INTRO (50 CENT/GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN') - DIALOGUE
                  2 WHAT UP GANGSTA
                  3 PATIENTLY WAITING
                  4 MANY MEN (WISH DEATH)
                  5 IN DA CLUB
                  6 HIGH ALL THE TIME
                  7 HEAT
                  8 IF I CAN'T
                  9 BLOOD HOUND
                  10 BACK DOWN
                  11 P.I.M.P.
                  12 LIKE MY STYLE
                  13 POOR LIL RICH
                  14 21 QUESTIONS
                  15 DON'T PUSH ME
                  16 GOTTA MAKE IT TO HEAVEN
                  excellent a+++++

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                    Absolute legend!

                    1 INTRO (50 CENT/GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN') - DIALOGUE
                    2 WHAT UP GANGSTA
                    3 PATIENTLY WAITING
                    4 MANY MEN (WISH DEATH)
                    5 IN DA CLUB
                    6 HIGH ALL THE TIME
                    7 HEAT
                    8 IF I CAN'T
                    9 BLOOD HOUND
                    10 BACK DOWN
                    11 P.I.M.P.
                    12 LIKE MY STYLE
                    13 POOR LIL RICH
                    14 21 QUESTIONS
                    15 DON'T PUSH ME
                    16 GOTTA MAKE IT TO HEAVEN

                    The most sexiest man in the world meets hip hop and the result is an album that wont be forgotten!

                    Has the massive tune In Da Club on it, a song that will be played in clubs for years to come! An addictive song that got 50 cent recognised and very very famous!
                    There are more catchy tunes on the album - P.I.M.P, If I Can't.
                    This is an aggressive album, with no songs to chill out to, but more going out or played full blast. The one exception is 21 questions, which shows a different side to Fifty, a calmer more sexier side (if thats possible).

                    Definitely an album that wont just disappear, the tunes will be massive for ages to come, because Fifty's rapping and the hip hop beat makes for very catchy, very serious songs!

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                      25.07.2003 13:15

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                      the new eminem - Advantages: hes a great singer - Disadvantages: no

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                      05.06.2003 00:34
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                      I purchased 50 cents new album a couple of weeks ago, fed up with in da club, a great party rap tiune but killed by the radio playing it all the time, god that annoys me when they actually ruin good songs. Instantly i realised that with Dr Dre and Eminem behind him and 50 cent trying to bring gangsta back into gangsta rap, This man is going to be big! He has the look, the people behind him and a unique lazy rapping style that separates him from other rappers. The first 4 tracks on the album are all very good, what up Gangsta is a short little dre influenced tune which is a great opening track. Patiently waiting is very good with some great lyrics but you do tend to be waiting for eminems verse to come in. That always seems to be the case that eminem raps his finest on other peoples albums (fight music and forgot about dre). Many men is an obvious standout track on the album, and i hope he dont release it for the reason i mentioned above. many men will have you singing along and has 50 reminiscing about how he is lucky to be alive, he says 'well its clear that im here for a real reason, cause he got hit like i got hit but he aint fu***** breathing'. Then the album picks up the pace with the great track 'heat' which has the sound of him firing and reloading his gun all the way through it. Other stand out tracks include: If I cant- Dre track through and through Back down- The start of a battle where 50 cusses ja rule for rapping about the streets and never coming from them. one of my favourites, what will ja come back with? 21 questions- The obligatery Nate dogg track, slows the pace down. Nate dogg is just so consistent. superb song. And with the bonus cuts including wanksta, your lifes on the line is probably the best rap tune on the album, its absolutely superb and no dre touch to it as well. Hopefully 50 will carry on this form with his next album, like eminem did with the m
                      arshall mathers album. P dogg out

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                  • Product Details

                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 Intro
                    2 What Up Gangsta
                    3 Patiently Waiting
                    4 Many Men (Wish Death)
                    5 In Da Club
                    6 High All The Time
                    7 Heat
                    8 If I Can't
                    9 Blood Hound
                    10 Back Down
                    11 P.I.M.P.
                    12 Like My Style
                    13 Poor Lil Rich
                    14 21 Questions
                    15 Don't Push Me
                    16 Gotta Make It To Heaven
                    17 Wanksta
                    18 U Not Like Me
                    19 Lifes On The Line
                    20 P.I.M.P. - Snoop Dogg Remix