50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
Yes, In Da Club is here. We all know that song, it was everywhere for a long time. So, is 50 a one-hit wonder? No. Let’s see what else is on this disc.
Honestly, it’s a lot of boasting and promising to hurt us in many creative ways if we get in his face. Oh, and partying and getting laid and getting high and being rich, and how hard it was growing up and getting shot a lot. No surprises in any of this.
One thing I would like someone to do (because I can’t be arsed to do it myself): I’d love to know how many times he uses the words ‘nigga’ and ‘bitch’ on this record. I’ll bet the (surely large) number would either be really shocking or, you know, not shocking at all.
The best part of it all, for me, was the music. There are some fine grooves here. Yes, it’s rap music, so there’s that meditative head-nodding beat thing, but there’s usually something interesting and catchy going on over the drums. It’s well-produced product, built to be rocked in da club (ahem), and at that it succeeds in spades, and no mistake.
One thing that was obvious to me is that we cannot overstate the influence of Eminem on this album. He appears on two tracks (Patiently Waiting, and Don’t Push Me – also with Tony Yayo). The song Wanksta was on Eminem’s 8 Mile soundtrack. He produced some (if not all) of it, as did Dr. Dre. The album saw release (in part) thanks to Shady Records. As a result of all of this, to be frank, 50 does a pretty good Eminem impression throughout most of this. Yes, he has his own approach, a bit of a different flow (Eminem is far better at enunciation), and even though he was shot nine times he isn’t nearly as angry as Eminem. But it’s pretty easy, listening to this, to imagine Eminem rapping any of these songs on his own records. It has that sound.
Did I like this? Sure. Is it a classic? Oh probably, to those in the know. Myself? I’m not sure I could even shout out songs that were any better than the others. It all flowed together into a unified groove (again, built for da club). It did what I thought it would, and for that I gotta respect it.
Would I play this a lot? Probably not, but stranger things have happened. But for the experience of sitting here and blasting it while I did other things, it was certainly good enough.