This particular album was never released by Sony and I know a lot of heads rolled over that decision. Power of the Dollar was slated to be 50 Cents first commercial release but in hindsight Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was an alright entrance into mainstream America. This was 50 at his grittiest before the veneers, cologne and multi-million dollar deals. Listen to young Curtis Jackson and place yourself back in 2000 and try to remember if you saw this coming. Aftermath/Shady did and all those that picked this up
on accident from a Jamaican bootlegger were blessed with a glimpse into the future. Say what you say about 50 cent now but analyze the lines from then and tell me why he’s not your favorite rapper.
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Update : gave you my favorite track from Guess Who’s Back after the jump.
4 Responses to “Throwback Thursday : 50 Cent Power of the Dollar”
S. Mat Says:
March 25th, 2010 at 8:25 pm
“Get Rich Or Die Tryin was a alright entrance…” Your kidding right? I’m not only a client, but President of the I Hate 50 Cent Club, and I still consider that one a classic. Nonetheless, you asked (albeit tongue in cheek) so I’m volunteering all the reasons why he aint my favorite rapper:
1) He Aint Original – see, Kool G Rap, Tupac, Biggie, DMX, JaRule, etc.
2) He Has Never Been A Great Lyricist or Even The Best One In His Crew. See Lloyd Banks.
3) He Criticized A Style That He Later Adopted (hypocritical). See JaRule’s sing-songy choruses.
4) He Was On Top Of The World For Like 2 albums. See JAY-Z, NAS, TUPAC, even DMX made to a 3rd one (the first one knocked the door down, the 2nd & 3rd ones – in the same year – simultaneously raised the roof then tore it off).
5) You begged up KANYE, then got embarassed by him.
6) Your biggest claim to glory stems not from rap but from a lucky endorsement deal.
7) You got into beef with a guy who was proven to be a former correction officer, with two embarassing baby mommas, one of which is a porn star – and YOU STILL COULDN’T FINISH HIM but lost by way of tie.
Your depressing last few crossover singles.
9) Your sad foray into “acting.”
10) Your long standing obsession with JAY-Z.
And, a bonus:
11) Your last two albums.
March 25th, 2010 at 9:15 pm
1st I have to say that “Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was an alright entrance” was sarcasm. Of course it was amazing. 1st time out the gate dude sold 11 million albums how could anyone say that was an alright effort? 2nd BISD was a good album and even though the movie sucked it was a little entertaining.
S. Mat Says:
March 30th, 2010 at 12:55 pm
Gotcha HYMN. Since the essence of this post is HATE (for me), let me throw some at a current hot artist sort of (TREY SONGZ): Why are his songs so seemingly stupid to me? ‘Successful’ is cool but ‘I Invented Sex,’ ‘Neighbors Know My Name,’ etc feature terrible writing with a immature point of view (with wasted albeit hot hip hop beats) . R&B works better when the sexuality is hinted at. Direct reference to sex when singing makes the song sound like its written by a 15 year old nerd trying to imagine what pussy feels like. TREYZ condition reflects this all. He has buzz because of hot beats (aka radio play magnetism), a fan base of 15 year old girls (aka ITUNES single sales & endless blog and twitter chatter), and affiliations with bigger artist (BP3 tour), but wack record sales (adults who actually buy records dont want that wack shit at home but will listen in their car) in comparison to all the radio play and single sales. So Mr. T. Songz, please fade away with all that nonsense.
April 29th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
Good post , I am going to spend more time learning about this subject