50 Cent released his seminal debut "Get Rich Or Die Tryin" 10 years ago.
The absolute pinnacle of 50 Cent's career. Essentially changing the mixtape game, as well as a STRONG buzz prior to this album's release, 50 was on a complete roll at this point, and he was just beginning. I don't think a buzz on an artist has been this strong since to be honest with you. I did initially buy this album the week it came out (moving 872,000 units that week), but I missed the bonus disc that came with it. After "Wanksta" became a hit, "In Da Club" was next, and it was the anthem in 2003. I also can't forget being blown away when I first heard "Back Down", his scathing Ja-Rule diss, which was one of MANY nails in the coffin of Ja-Rule's career, and I've all but covered that on this blog. Talk about classics up and down the lineup in addition to "Wanksta" and "In Da Club", there's "If I Can't", "Patiently Waiting" (featuring a show stealing verse by Eminem), "What Up Gangsta", "Many Men (Wish Death)", and "Heat", just to name a few.
This album was/is excellent all around, and it's a level that 50 hasn't been able to reach since, lyrically and creatively speaking, and he likely won't sound THIS good again, sadly. This also proved to be his most successful album specifically, and one of the most successful in hip hop history, moving a completely impressive 8 million units as of January of 2011, the fourth best selling hip hop album in the U.S. 50 may not be as hot as he once was, but you can't deny the impact he and this album had in 2003.