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50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” for all intents and purposes, was the perfect breakout single. It managed to strike that sweet spot between the clubs and the streets while going on to become the biggest song of 2003, as well as 50’s career. But you’ll never believe how “In Da Club” became 50’s introduction to the world.

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In a series of new annotations on the lyric site Genius (formerly Rap Genius), Eminem shares the pretty incredible story of how a coin toss determined the first single off 50 Cent’s debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Talk about leaving it to chance.

We couldn’t decide on the first single from Get Rich. It was going to be either “If I Can’t” or “In Da Club.” We were torn, so me, 50, Paul, Chris Lighty, and Jimmy Iovine decided to flip a coin.

Can you imagine how 50’s career would have turned out if he had lead off with “If I Can’t” (which is still a great song, for the record) instead? Anyway, click here to read through all of Em’s annotations, in which he also writes about his love for DJ Premier, turning “Lose Yourself” from a two-year-old demo into a hit single and why battle rap is so important to hip-hop.

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