10 Years ago on this exact date Hip-Hop would drastically change, no one knew that 50 Cent’s debut album would be the album to change the game. No one knew that 10 years later people would be calling this album the “last classic hip-hop album ever”. Now that 10 years have passed I’ve decided to reflect on my favorite rapper’s debut album and what it meant to me. I remember being pretty young when this album came out and I remember having my sister purchase this album for me, the clean version of course. The second I inserted the disc, I was in love with everything about this album. Each and every track on this album from that moment and still to this day are all amazing records that I’ve never skipped over. This is to me the only album I can actually listen to fully, without skipping one track. This is the album to introduce me into the Rap/Hip-Hop scene. If it wasn’t for me purchasing this album I probably would have never gotten into music, if it wasn’t for this album I probably wouldn’t even have this blog, I wouldn’t have the passion I have for music today. This album has a lot of meaning to me, it’s how everything that I love about music started. This album broke so many records, had sold so many albums, but that didn’t matter, at the end of the day it was the material and this album’s material is ever lasting. From the day this album dropped till now 50 Cent has still been my favorite rapper, yes his other albums weren’t as impacting but “The Massacre” in my eyes was also a classic. I remember hearing that when this album dropped in New York the crime rate went up. No other album has had such an impact as this album and I don’t think in many years to come no will ever match it. So finally, I would like to say Thank You 50 Cent, Thank you for delivering such an amazing piece of music. If it wasn’t for you, I probably would have never loved music like I do now and congratulations, 10 years later you still remain on top.
After the jump you can check out a bunch of classic clips around the “Get Rich or Die Tryin” era. You can check out an unreleased interview with MTV where 50 Cent speaks on him choosing between “If I Can’t” and “In Da Club” as singles. 50 also talks about how Eminem loved the bonus tracks on “Get Rich or Die Tryin” and wanted them to land on the album. You can check out much more after the jump.