Label: Aftermath/Shady/Interscope
Key Track: "What Up Gangsta"

Combining aggressive flows, hypnotic song-writing, and big-budget production from the likes of Dr. Dre and Eminem, 50 Cent crafted an ultra-violent Thriller of rap, with virtually every album cut getting spins on radio stations across America. The other Mr. Jackson proved that it's perfectly fine for rappers to sing all their hooks and pose shirtless on their album cover—as long as they've been shot nine times.

The beats for "Back Down" and "Heat" were originally intended for Dr. Dre's collaboration with Rakim.