TITLE: Best of 50 Cent
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: #135 US, #95 UK
SINGLES: Top 10: In da Club (#1 US, #3 UK), 21 Questions (#1 US, #6 UK), P.I.M.P. (#3 US, #5 UK), Disco Inferno (#3 US, #87 UK), Candy Shop (#1 US, #4 UK), Just a L’il Bit (#3 US, #10 UK), Outta Control (#6 US, #7 UK), Ayo Technology (#5 US, #2 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The singles until 2009 were all represented for the most part.
LINEUP: 50 Cent. Lotta producers (Dr. Dre and Eminem as Executive Producers). Guests include Nate Dogg, Olivia, Mobb Deep, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Akon, Ne-Yo, The Mad Rapper.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of the architects of sound of the first decade of the millennium.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Nate Jackson (50 Cent) was one of the purveyors of hip-hop in the 2000’s. He combined a natural flow, hard lyrics, hooks, and sing-along choruses that sounded great on the radio, in the club, and in the car. The beats didn’t hit you over the head, but were compliments to the entire whole of the song.
Dr. Dre and Eminem signed him after he was dropped by Columbia after some controversial songs, scrapping a planned album release. He went back to mix tapes and then his first true studio album fulfilled all of the hype that Dre and Eminem
When he uses guests (like Olivia) they work perfectly in his songs – adding complements in hooks and sung verses while not overwhelming the tracks. This was a great era for hip-hop and he was one of the leading lights, and this collection shows why.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The song that really put him on the outs with Columbia was “Ghetto Quran”. It was on a mixtape he released before his deal with Dre and Eminem. He was blacklisted for a couple of years, for some reason.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE A: His albums have some bloat, so this is the best way to listen to him. The deeper cuts are just as hot as his big hits.