Whether you’re a fan of 50 Cent or not, it’s difficult to deny the hit-making machine that was Curtis Jackson in 2003.
50’s accomplishment puts him in favorable company, as only Eminem and Nelly have surpassed him in single rap album sales. Eminem’s highly-controversial The Marshall Mathers LP (10,341,000) and The Eminem Show (9,928,000) hold the first and second spots on the list, respectively. Nelly’s Country Grammar (8,489,000) edges out Get Rich for the third spot.
50’s debut, which sold 872,000 copies in its first week of release, featured highly-touted production by Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mr. Porter, Rockwilder, Sha Money XL and others.
The album was replete with hit singles in “Wanksta,” “In da Club,” “Many Men (Wish Death),” “21 Questions,” featuring Nate Dogg, and “P.I.M.P.”
The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, losing to OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.