10. 50 Cent: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
Get Rich or Die Tryin ’ is the debut studio album of American rapper 50 Cent. It was released on February 6, 2003, by Aftermath Entertainment, under a joint venture with Shady Records, and distributed by Interscope Records. Its initially planned release was pushed seven days ahead due to heavy bootlegging and Internet leakage. The album featured production from Dr. Dre and Eminem, and featured guest appearances from Eminem and then-newcomers Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayofrom G-Unit.
To date it has sold over 15 million copies.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 872,000 copies in its first week. It generated four singles, including the number one hits “In da Club” and “21 Questions”, and the international hit “P.I.M.P.” By July 2014, Get Rich or Die Tryin ’ has sold 8.3 million copies in the United States and is certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from most music critics and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, losing to OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below at the 46th Grammy Awards. It ranked number 37 on Rolling Stone ’s list of best albums of the 2000s.
In December 2009, Billboard magazine ranked Get Rich or Die Tryin’ at number 12 on its list of the Top 200 Albums of the Decade.In 2012, Complex named the album one of the classic releases of the last decade.The single, “In da Club”, earned the number-one spot on Billboard 2003’s single and album of the year, the first since Ace of Base had both in the same year. “Back Down” was listed on XXL’s list of the greatest diss tracks of all time.