50 Cent
Freshman Opus: Get Rich or Die Tryin’
# of tries: 3
Close but no Cohiba: The Massacre

When GRODT dropped, Fif was fresh off turning the mixtape world upside down. The hype was there. The mystique was there (cats wanted to know why ninjas had previously used Curtis’ face for target practice). The intriguing beef was there (50 had Ja Rule in the virtual headlock). And Mr. Jackson delivered with a classic album. There’s no denying that. But since then, no matter how much isht he talks, how many evil villain laughs unleashes or veiled publicity stunts he pulls out of his azz, none of his subsequent albums have matched the collection of tracks on Get Rich.

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