February 6, 2003 marked the release of 50 Cent’s debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ with production mainly by Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. The album featured 19 tracks including hits, ’21 Questions,’ ‘P.I.M.P.,’ ‘If I Can’t,’ and the classic club hit ‘In Da Club.’ The album sold 872,000 in its first week taking it to the top of the Billboard 200.
‘In Da Club’ was certified platinum by the RIAA and remained on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks and and remained on the chart for 22 weeks. In addition, it also held the #1 spot on the Top 40 Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Hot Rap Tracks. It also was nominated for two Grammys, Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song.
His second single’21 Questions,’ which featured Nate Dogg, also topped the charts on the Billboard Hot 100.
By the end of 2003, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, had sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. making it certified platinum 6x by the RIAA. In 2013, the 10th anniversary of the album, it was declared that the album had sold over 8 million in the U.S., making it the 4th hip-hop album to do so. It was also named on #13 on Billboards Top 200 albums of the decade.
In addition to the success of the album, 50 Cent starred in the autobiographical movie of the same title. The movie was released on November 9, 2005 and the soundtrack was released November 8th.
The album will be re-released in a platinum vinyl format as a part of Universal Music’s, Respect The Classics, campaign on November 12th.