I was in high school when 50 Cent blew up out of nowhere. Hearing that Curtis Jackson turned 40 today made me pause, cry a little, and reflect on some of his all time great tunes. In no particular order:
What Up Gangsta?
For most of us, this was our first non-radio encounter with 50. Yeah, we probably heard “Wanksta,” but this is track 1 on Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, and it’s still on millions of workout playlists out there. I can still remember blaring this, windows down, golf tanned left arm out of the window, on my way to the club for golf practice.
How To Rob
A lesser known track that was clearly put on the list to show that I’m a history buff. Before he signed with Shady-Aftermath, 50 contemplated robbing all the industry big dogs and put the industry on notice.
In Da Club
All-time greatest club song? Probably, even though I haven’t been to a club (voluntarily) in a decade. Despite the fact that this track was nearly ruined by drunk girls yelling, “It’s your berfday!” at every bday gathering from 2002-present, this stands the test of time. Walk into any bar on spring break (or don’t, because you’re 27), and you’ll see private school swaying and dirty ‘burb grinding on max-out levels when this classic Dre beat drops.
Yep. Another one from “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.” Hey, it’s a great album. Admittedly, this one is bolstered by an Eminem verse, but that shouldn’t take away from another strong showing by 50. This is the song you listened to in your buddy’s ’95 Accord as you drove to the park to fight the dude from a rival school that called you a pussy at the movie theatre.
Alright, so I’ll never be able to say the word “stunt” without sounding like an asshole. It’s still a good tune.
There you have it, kids. If you’re upset that “Magic Stick,” or “Candy Shop” aren’t included, sorry. They’re basically the same damn song. Also, “P.I.M.P.” is one of the worst songs of all time, so no, it did not make the list..