Release date: November 8, 2005
Record label: G-Unit/Interscope
Unsurprisingly, 50 Cent used the soundtrack for his so-so biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin' to promote his newly expanded G-Unit lineup back in the fall of 2005. It's not like anyone actually thought he'd let non-Guerrilla artists eat off the strength of his big movie, right? We'd hope not.
And who could blame him? Get Rich or Die Tryin' debuted when the G-Unit squad was at its strongest, and the film's soundtrack embodies that crew-issued muscle. Being that the Unit's frontman raps on 12 of the album's 16 tracks (as well as on both of its two bonus cuts), Get Rich or Die Tryin' is essentially another 50 Cent album, and that's not a bad thing at all.
Some of 50's best singles are included here, like "Hustler's Ambition" and "Window Shopper," and he's a focal point on collaborations like "You Already Know" (with Lloyd Banks and Young Buck) and "I Don't Know Officer" (with Prodigy, Ma$e, Lloyd Banks, and forgotten Game replacement Spider Loc). —MB