3. 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)
Label: Aftermath, Shady, Interscope
The name of 50 Cent's classic debut is more than just an album title; it's his slogan, his mantra, his guide to living (and not living). It's "Give me liberty or give me death" for the hip-hop generation. And almost a decade later, it's obvious which path 50 chose: According to Forbes magazine, even after years of lackluster album and single sales, he's still ranked as hip-hop's fifth wealthiest magnate. Plus, the title's influence holds today, as evidenced by albums like Chief Keef's Finally Rich.