Get Rich or Die Tryin'
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
(Unfortunate) Return of Gangster Rap
stabbed, he's been shot, he's even been arrested. Born into a
troubled life, 50 Cent IS thug. Other artists try to play it off
as though they are, but 50 Cent is one of the few that really
is, which is what makes Get Rich or Die Tryin' stand out
from other gangster albums; it's honest, not hype.
50 Cent is
now under the production wings of Dr. Dre and Eminem after years
of underground work. Much of his previous work has been released
by DJ's on mixtapes. Even though Eminem makes a couple appearances,
this is 50's show. Dre's and Em's influence never really become
are more creative than most about his subject matter, mostly crime,
women, and money (recurring themes these days in urban music).
However, at times his delivery of them becomes lazy, almost as
though it's an effort to get the words out. This is 50's style,
and he does keep things understandable. And when it comes to beats,
well, Dre holds his own as usual. But that's where the postives
come to an end.
In it's genre,
gangster rap, 50 Cent is definitely "the one to beat"
as his website perpetrates. However, in the music scene in general,
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is not a good thing. Just when you
thought gangster rap as a mainstream music was dead, Get Rich...
is sure to inspire some competition, giving gangster rap a revival
liked Get Rich or Die Tryin'...
2. What Up Gangsta
3. Patiently Waiting (f. Eminem)
4. Many Men (Wish Death)
5. In Da Club
6. High All the Time
8. If I Can't
9. Blood Hound (f. Young Buck)
10. Back Down
12. Like My Style (Tony Yayo)
13. Poor Lil Rich
14. 21 Questions (f. Tony Yayo)
15. Don't Push Me (f. Lloyd Banks & Eminem)
16. Gotta Make It to Heaven