Background[ edit ] Prior to the release of his mix-tape, 50 Cent was shot nine times in Queens, Make money or die York on May 24, He managed to survive, but was dropped from his label, Columbia Recordsand remained unsigned and in need of producing new music.
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Dre and released his next mixtape, No Mercy, No Fear. Both Eminem and Dr.
Dre had started working-productions on his debut album with additional help from producers Mike ElizondoSha Money XL among others.
The first single " In da Club " was the first of seven tracks he recorded in five days with Dr. The next single " 21 Questions " was not in line to be on the album to Dr.
Dre, he stated that he did not want the song on the album. According to 50 Cent, "Dre was, like, 'How you goin' to be gangsta this and that and then put this sappy love song on? I've always had to be two people since I was a kid, to get by.
To me that's not diversity, it's necessity. It was originally intended to be used on Rakim 's debut Aftermath album, Oh My God, but due to creative differences was not make money or die. A music video for "Many Men Wish Death " was made.
Plot[ edit ] After Marcus Greer and his friends rob a Colombian safe house, Marcus is shot nine times.
Singles[ edit ] The album's lead single, " In da Club ", was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAAbecoming 50 Cent's first song to top the Billboard Hot for nine weeks and remained on the charts for twenty-two weeks. This is considered to be one of the best rap songs of all time, introducing a new sound and rhythm to rap.
Its second single, " 21 Questions ", became 50 Cent's second chart topper on the Billboard Hotwhere it remained for four non-consecutive weeks. Outside the States, "21 Questions" reached number six in the United Kingdom. It was certified gold by the RIAA.
The third single " P. It was the third single that peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot and number one on "Hot Rap Tracks", becoming the third single from the album to peak in the top then on the "Hot " chart.
It also reached number one in Canada.