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  • Summary: If you're even reading this, you most likely already know the life story of Queens' Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent), whose first attempt at rap stardom in the mid 1990s ended in a brutal attack that almost cost him his life. In recent years, however, 50 Cent was lucky enough to hook up withIf you're even reading this, you most likely already know the life story of Queens' Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent), whose first attempt at rap stardom in the mid 1990s ended in a brutal attack that almost cost him his life. In recent years, however, 50 Cent was lucky enough to hook up with Eminem (who signed him) and producer Dr. Dre, which resulted in a track on the 8 Mile soundtrack and now this, his much-anticipated first full-length release. Expand
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  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. The variety and talent this album offers is enough to recommend it to almost any rap fan.
  3. More sonically adventurous than its mainstream look suggests.
  4. Unfortunately, this disc's positives don't add up to a great album: Plenty of boilerplate g-funk thuggery serves as filler.
  5. For all the flaws in 50 Cent's persona, Get Rich or Die Tryin' isn't without its redeeming qualities.
  6. Unless you are the president of the NRA or addicted to Cops-type tales, 50 Cent's debut is strictly small change.
  7. 40
    It's impressive, but heavy going, with scant trace of 50's acerbic humour. [Apr 2003, p.114]

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  1. Negative: 22 out of 156
  1. winstondjanred
    Feb 18, 2003
    10
    50 cent obviously isnt as good as tupac but then no one is and no one ever will be but judged on his own merits this album his excellent
  2. Apr 9, 2011
    10
    Along with Marshall Matters Lp, Blueprint, Eminem Show, College Dropout, This few albums were the only classic hip hop albums released in theAlong 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 !!!!! Collapse
  3. katrinaw
    Mar 26, 2003
    10
    this was a great albam from the first song to the last on I hope his next albam be as great
  4. G-Units
    Jan 21, 2004
    10
    Too nice!!! I love it!!! That's real rap man!!
  5. DanteS
    Aug 21, 2006
    10
    this is 50 Cent in his Prime. Before all the fame 50 was an amazing rapper tearing up mixtapes in every city. Guess Whos Back was filled this is 50 Cent in his Prime. Before all the fame 50 was an amazing rapper tearing up mixtapes in every city. Guess Whos Back was filled with sick beats and even better lyric. Get Rich or Die Tryin' 1 ups Guess Whos Back with quite possibly the best collabo in Hip-Hop for its time: Dr. Dre & 50 Cent. Sure 50 sucks now but dont hate on this album full of instant classics and 50 cent at his prime Expand
  6. Figz
    Mar 16, 2005
    7
    lets juss say his first C.D. is way better then his secound C.D. The massacre 2 much love songs a 100% pure garbage unlike Get Rich it is lets juss say his first C.D. is way better then his secound C.D. The massacre 2 much love songs a 100% pure garbage unlike Get Rich it is better not 11times plantinum plus worthy but better Expand
  7. ronron
    May 5, 2003
    0
    There will be a rapper who has the skills of Tupac and Biggie combined but I think that 50cent will never measure of to them because their There will be a rapper who has the skills of Tupac and Biggie combined but I think that 50cent will never measure of to them because their too deep and they can rap good, my opinion. Ja rule compared to him is a better rapper. Expand

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