Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It's all good. Favourites switch with listens, and we can assure you that this record will remain on your deck all year.
  2. If this combination of big-name backers, undeniable skills, radio-ready tracks and a marketable thug persona make Get Rich or Die Tryin' a sure-shot smash hit, it also makes it a great record.
  3. The variety and talent this album offers is enough to recommend it to almost any rap fan.
  4. 80
    Even at their most nihilistic, these 16 songs resonate melodically, like Eminem's most haunting material. [#15, p.118]
  5. Get Rich isn't quite the masterpiece 50 seems capable of, impressive or not. But until he drops that truly jaw-dropping album -- which you know he will -- this will certainly do.
  6. His rap style isn't as distinctive as Ja Rule or DMX, but as the singalong Many Men (Wish Death) shows, with Eminem on his team, there's no stopping him. [May 2003, p.98]
  7. More sonically adventurous than its mainstream look suggests.
  8. As reality-based as the words may be, we've heard variations on these themes before, and 50, far from being the world's most nimble rhymer, doesn't always infuse them with new power.
  9. 50 Cent's skills are better suited to the nagging digi-loops of inevitable smash single 'In Da Club', the steel drum roll-out of 'P.I.M.P.' and '21 Questions' - perhaps the track most like something that you might have found Tupac or Biggie at work on in their prime.
  10. Most of these rhymes are too shallow to warrant the hopeful comparisons to Biggie and Tupac. But if you want the best disposable gangsta tunes on the market, 50 Cent offers a definite bargain.
  11. For all the flaws in 50 Cent's persona, Get Rich or Die Tryin' isn't without its redeeming qualities.
  12. Unfortunately, this disc's positives don't add up to a great album: Plenty of boilerplate g-funk thuggery serves as filler.
  13. Sure, Get Rich could never have lived up to the hype, it’s nowhere near Biggie's Ready to Die or Nas's Illmatic, but there's no fast-forward material here, a near miracle in these times.
  14. The outcome is as natural as John Gotti singing Sinatra.
  15. Unless you are the president of the NRA or addicted to Cops-type tales, 50 Cent's debut is strictly small change.
  16. 60
    [An] unapologetic throwback to straight-assed songs about guns, girls and drugs. [May 2003, p.109]
  17. Without question, 50 Cent has one of the most distinctive voices in hip-hop: He raps in a molasses-slow, beyond-laconic drawl, and chants in a singsongy patois reminiscent of dance-hall stars like Sean Paul. But there isn’t enough invention in the rhymes, and, worse, barely any humor.
  18. Only intermittently justifies the buzz surrounding the rapper's career.
  19. 40
    It's impressive, but heavy going, with scant trace of 50's acerbic humour. [Apr 2003, p.114]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 276 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 153
  1. Apr 9, 2011
    Along with Marshall Matters Lp, Blueprint, Eminem Show, College Dropout, This few albums were the only classic hip hop albums released in the 2000s. 50cent took the music industry with surprise with this album but bigger thanks to Eminem and Dr Dre, i believe anyone who rides with Em and Dre cant lose. Classic !!!!! Full Review »
  2. CrystalM
    Feb 18, 2003
    50 cent is so fine a no matter what that b**** Ja Rule has to say about him I still love his fine ass!
  3. Oct 17, 2014
    This is one of the greatest albums in the history of hip-hop. You can listen the whole entire album without skipping a song. The production on this album is great and what 50 Cent tells his stories of being shot nine times and being a drug dealer in great detail. 50 Cent definitely lived up to the hype that surrounded this album. Full Review »