It’s hard to believe that Get Rich or Die Trying dropped 15 years ago today. The promotion for the album was bananas as they even had a big special on MTV called All Eyez on 50. His first single, In Da Club took off and was played damn near everywhere. The album sold almost 900,000 copies in the first week of its release. As of now, Get Rich or Die Trying have sold well over 12 million records. In Da Club, Many Men, 21 Questions and P.I.M.P were singles that done really well. With the success of the album, 50 Cent was able to turn Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and The Game to platinum stars. If that wasn’t enough, the G-Unit album also sold well as 50 was selling everything from music, movies and clothing. Before all that, 50 had a tough road to reach his stardom.
Earlier in his career, 50 Cent was signed to Columbia Records. 50 Cent developed a huge buzz when he released How to Rob where he dissed damn near every top rapper in the industry. After that happened, it seemed like everyone wanted a piece of 50 Cent. After all that went down, that’s when 50 Cent was shot, released from Columbia Records and was blackballed from the industry.
After he recovered from his gun shot wounds, 50 Cent hit the mixtape circuit. Everything started to change when he released the 50 Cent is the Future mixtape. With that mixtape, he started to get attention from major labels once again. Eminem came out of nowhere, signed him to Shady/Aftermath for a million dollars and the rest is history. Despite dropping projects on Interscope, 50 Cent and G-Unit continued to flood the streets with mixtapes.
15 years later, Get Rich or Die Trying is still an album that gets much play. He’s released several projects and now he’s become a star in the acting world. With his highly successful series, Power and his new movie, Den of Thieves it seems like 50 is staying busy. He’s been promising new music for years, so we’ll have to see what the future holds for him on the music side.
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