24. 50 Cent on Game's "Hate It Or Love It" (2005)
Album: The Documentary
Producer: Cool & Dre, Dr. Dre
Label: Aftermath, G-Unit, Interscope
Back when Curtis spent most of his time rapping, he could effortlessly steal the spotlight on whatever track he decided to jump on. Here he provided Game with the hit he needed to make a name for himself, setting off proceedings with an uncharacteristically vulnerable tale of why life as a shorty shouldn't be so rough.
The opening reference to his bisexual mother grabs our attention, while a well-placed Rakim reference and mention of having his bike stolen further wins 50 the sympathies of the listener, leaving us hoping he returns for another verse, which never happens. Talk about stealing the show!