Oh, how I remember the days when Curtis Jackson, or we as like to call him, 50 Cent, ruled the music world. I was just a fresh 22, just figuring out what “da club” actually was and there 50 appeared, a young protege of Dr. Dre and Eminem, who indeed made everyone feel like it was their birthday with the blockbuster track, “In da Club.” Yes, from 2003 until about 2006-ish, 50 ruled the music kingdom, but these days, his music doesn’t have the blast off like it used to, if it does even at all these days. Hey, at least he’s got Glaceau water, right? It’s time to count 50’s infamous bullet holes once again in today’s “Forgot About Friday.”
Mr. Cent’s first big break when his track, “Wanksta,” got laced on the soundtrack to Em’s ‘8 Mile’ film. From that music moment, 50 began his music climb, which started with his ’03 debut set ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ which housed the #1 singles, “In da Club” and “21 Questions” (R.I.P. Nate Dogg) and other bangers, “P.I.M.P,” “What Up Gangsta” and “Many Men.” His second album, 05’s ‘The Massacre,” proved just as strong, selling over a million copies in it first week out. If singles, “Disco Inferno,” “Candy Shop” and “Lose Control” don’t get that ass shakin into the weekend, I don’t know what will.
As much as 50 became known for some killer music joints back then, his backstory also helped him gain mega superstardom. You guys know how it goes, the hustler on the street…gets shot nine times…then lives to tell about it through music. It was the one element of 50 that peaked the most interest, that is until the 75 members of G-Unit showed up, then it was a different kind of “Forgot About Friday” story.
Sadly, after ‘The Massacre’ destroyed the charts (and right around the time when the members of Unit put solo albums out), 50’s career kind of fizzled…until Coca-Cola bought him out of his Glaceau energy water investment for a cool $4.1 billion in 2007. We all know Mr. Jackson is sitting pretty on that investment. While he may not be killing the Billboard charts with his aggressive beats and gritty rhymes, his music was just it…and was around during one of the last waves of the early ’00s hip-hop era…and that is something we should never forget…ever.
“In Da Club”
“21 Questions” (ft. Nate Dogg)
“Lose Control” (ft. Mobb Deep)