By Andy B. (@aboynamedandy)

It’s hard to believe, but today marks the 10th Anniversary of one of hip-hop’s best-selling albums of all-time, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin (makes you feel old, doesn’t it?) Commercially, it was a storming success: The album sold 872,000 first-week copies (over 12 million to date), spawned three top 10 singles (“In Da Club,” “21 Questions,” “P.I.M.P.”), and earned 50 a joint North American tour with rap titan Jay-Z. Culturally, the record didn’t fare too bad, either, introducing Curtis Jackson as the archetype of an authentic street MC to a new generation of rap fans around the globe and cementing him as a future hip-hop Hall of Famer. And, let’s not forget how it made him Public Enemy number one for paranoid suburban parents.

To commemorate the success, impact and lasting influence of Fif’s debut album today, many of our friends from around the Internet have penned their own tributes, re-reviewed the 16-track LP, dug up unreleased trivia, gathered the memories of 50’s peers and even sat-down with the man himself to look back on his blockbuster record. So, dust off the CD, pull out the durag and yell, “We say you a wanksta and you need to stop frontin’!” like it was Feb. 6, 2003 all over again.

Check out our 10 favorite Get Rich or Die Tryin’ tributes after the jump…

1. Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Ten Years Later: An Oral History (HipHop DX)

Sha Money XL: I basically took every meeting. I would drive 50 to the city, and we would roll out together. We had a crew with us, and we’d go to every office with the guns in the car—wildin’. We had the soldiers on deck, just in case we’d meet someone that we don’t like in the industry… we was ready. They were scared of us. I remember going to one meeting when a guy’s leg was shaking as he met with us. I won’t say his name.

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2. Where Were You When “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” Dropped? (Complex)

Tech N9ne: I met [50] a couple years ago for the first time. I went up to do a interview with Jack Thriller. 50 happened to be there. He came out of his office. I said, ‘What’s up brother?’ He was real calm and saying how he loved the way we’re doing business. I was flattered, coming from 50, because he’s a businessman. In my eyes he’s an MC, businessman, all that. So to hear another businessman to another say, I admire what you’re doing, it’s a big thing. I love to see what he’s built. I think his Get Rich movie was top-notch. I think it’s neck and neck with 8 Mile. I think he did a wonderful job acting.

He said to me, ‘Tech, I bought Mike Tyson’s house off of one record, ‘In Da Club.’ He said, ‘One song Tech.’ Every since then, everyone keeps saying that to me, ‘Tech, you’re one song away.’ Every time I hear ‘In Da Club,’ I think of 50 saying to me, ‘I bought Mike Tysons house off of one song.’

Read the full story here (Also: 50 Things You Didn’t Know About 50 Cent)


3. 50 Cent Breaks Down Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ — 10 Years Later (MTV)

His strength, at first, was making hard-core street music, so when it came time for 50 to speak to the ladies, the rapper sought inspiration from another Queens great. “I really made that record because I was in a car and LL Cool J came on,” he revealed. “The girl next to me as all into it; it was a soft record, but she was so into the record that I said, ‘I want to make something that makes [girls] respond like that to me.'”

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4. UNCOVERED: The Making of 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Album Cover (2003) with Art Director Julian Alexander. (ego trip)

Julian Alexander: I would get [to the photo shoot] on time and [50] would be there before me. He’s that type of dude. He took everything seriously because it fit into something bigger. And the reason he was sittin’ with me [at my office] when I would work on artwork was because he always saw himself as running a label and he wanted to know who does what and how does it work. He would sit with the A&R person. He would sit with the marketing person. He was up there [at the Sony offices] because he was a student of what was going on [in the music business]. It fed into what his bigger plan was.

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5. How 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Revamped The Idea Of Success In Rap (The Smoking Section)

A superstar who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, either. 50′s evisceration of Ja Rule and Murder Inc. Records helped add to not only his street mystique, but the album’s as well. By the time Get Rich hit shelves with the still-hilarious “Back Down” as its disrespectful calling card, Curtis’ jihad against his crosstown rivals had already provided the biggest “upstart-emasculating-a-superstar” since The University of Miami dump-trucked Brian Bosworth and the Oklahoma Sooners in 1986′s “Game of the Century.”

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6. A Salute To 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’″ (OnSMASH)

Intrigued by the mixtape, Eminem would soon introduce [50] to Dr. Dre, as we would soon see Kurt Loder pop up on MTV news on that eventful Thursday morning to make the big announcement about the $1MM dollar deal with Eminem & Dr. Dre. I would soon visit their “.com” site to read Shaheem Reid’s article and knew instantly this would be the last “friendly” summer radio play for R&B/Rap records.

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7. 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin” Turns 10: Backtracking (Idiolator)

For a stretch in the early 2000s, Fif’s real-life credibility as a narco-pushing badass was an essential piece of his perceived charisma, providing a truly terrifying context to his hard-as-nails rhymes and gun-riddled boasts. 50 Cent never sounded hungrier than he did in 2003, making Get Rich or Die Tryin’ one of the most intensely entertaining blockbuster hip-hop albums ever made.

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8. 50 Cent, ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin” at 10: Classic Track-By-Track Review (Billboard)

As 50’s biggest hit, “In Da Club” married his propensity for unshakeable hooks with strong wordplay. It’s wrapped in one of Dr. Dre’s pinnacle beats. Choruses were distinctly Fif’s forte, as “Go shorty, it’s your birthday / We gon’ party like it’s your birthday” became a cultural cornerstone. The track appealed to the hardest thugs while bringing Top 40 to its knees, spanning demographics to dominate the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts for nine weeks. With 2,441,000 copies sold to date, “In Da Club” stands as 50’s most recognizable single to date.

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9. 50 Cent’s GRODT 10 Years Anniversary Infographic (ThisIs50)

What began as music chart dominance for the rap music phenomenon 50 Cent, has quickly transformed to success in corporate America as a multi-tiered business mogul to be reckoned with.

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10. 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’: By the Numbers (XXL)

It’s been 10 years since 50 Cent first bumrushed the game with his mind-numbing debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Surpassing gold status in less than a week (selling more than 800,000 copies), with seven entries on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and four Grammy nominations (among a long-list of others), Fif’s 2003 opus successfully cemented the former crack slinger as a rap phenomenon.

View the breakdown here

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