Get Rich Or Die Tryin' - The Tale Of 50's Life Story



You know 50 Cent--the rapper. Now meet Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson--the actor. Jackson follows in the footsteps of his mentor and friend Eminem by starring in a movie loosely based on his life.

Get Rich Or Die Tryin', 50's movie named after his top selling debut album, tells his story of being an orphan who ended up immersed in selling drugs and violence. He eventually turned his life around to become one of hip-hop's biggest names.

The Get Rich Or Die Tryin' soundtrack captures much of the movie's emotion on the two lead tracks, "Hustler's Ambition" and "Window Shopper."

"GGGGGGGG G-Unit" is generally how 50, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo announce that they have entered the building. Beg For Mercy hit the streets in 2003, literally the same year that 50 unleashed Get Rich.

Most impressive is the fact that 50 had hardly lost any steam as the album included numerous hot singles that set up the forthcoming solo careers of his G-Unit brethren.

With the release of Get Rich Or Die Tryin' 50 Cent immediately became one of the most in-demand rappers on the planet, securing collaborations with Eminem, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, and others.

gunit_190.jpg50 proved all his naysayers wrong with the release of The Massacre. Not only did The Massacre sell more than 1 million copies during its first week of release (Get Rich sold 872K), it held the Number One spot on the charts for six weeks.

The album's debut single "Candy Shop" introduced Olivia, the first lady of G-Unit. And 50 kept the hits coming with "Just A Lil' Bit" and "Outta Control (Remix)" featuring Mobb Deep, new G-Unit Records signees.

For the fall, 50 re-released The Massacre with bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a video for each song.

Without a doubt, 50 Cent is one of hip-hop's biggest success stories. This is not the case because he has managed to sell million of records, but because he did so after getting dropped a few years earlier from his recording contract with Columbia Records. Guess there's some truth to the album title Get Rich Or Die Tryin', an album that managed to sell some six million copies during the year of its release.

Get Rich made this Dr. Dre and Eminem protege a mainstay on urban and pop radio with hits such as "In Da Club," "P.I.M.P.," "21 Questions," and "Wanksta," the viscious Ja Rule diss that sent the Murder Inc. rapper on hiatus. The record also introduced 50's G-Unit regime that included members Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo.