Celebrating 50 Cent's Enduring Legacy: A Playlist For His 48th Birthday!

Curtis Jackson turns 48 years old today.

The legendary Curtis James Jackson III, better known as 50 Cent, turns 48 today (July 6). With his razor-sharp wit, raw energy, and unparalleled storytelling ability, 50 Cent has become an industry trailblazer. From his breakout debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' to his subsequent chart-topping hits, 50 Cent has continuously pushed the boundaries of rap music, showcasing a unique blend of infectious hooks, hard-hitting beats, and deeply personal narratives that resonate with fans across the globe.

So, get ready to vibe, reminisce, and celebrate the life and legacy of 50 Cent in this epic playlist.

  1. "Wanksta"

     Fif's first hit was "Wanksta," released in 2002. The single, part of the 8 Mile soundtrack, displayed traits he'd show for years, including his ear for beats, catchy hook-making ability, and tenacity when it came to going at foes.

  2. "In Da Club"

    In 2003, 50 Cent's debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', is recognized as a hip-hop classic. The first single, "In Da Club," was a monster success and marked the true mainstream beginning of Fif's worldwide domination.

  3. "21 Questions"

    "21 Questions" was another huge hit from Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The video also included Meagan Good and Tyson Beckford, watch above.

  4. "Candy Shop"

    In 2005, 50's sophomore effort, The Massacre, reminded us how powerful his hit-making abilities are. "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  5. "I Get Money"

    In 2007, 50 Cent's third solo album, Curtis, was released. The album was packed with hits like "I Get Money," charting at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  6. "Ayo Technology"

    In 2007, 50 joined forces with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland for this hit that was a top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. 

  7. "Baby By Me"

    From 2009's Before I Self Destruct album, which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard. 50 kept the hits coming with "Baby By Me," which hit No. 7 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

  8. "My Life"

    "My Life" featured Eminem and Adam Levine was 50's last big hit as a lead artist. The song peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  9. "The Woo"

    In 2020, 50 appeared on Pop Smoke's "The Woo," including Roddy Ricch. The song was released just months after Pop Smoke was fatally shot. The song charted at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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