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 For hip-hop fans, 50 Cent is the chief that all hail ...

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 50 fears Eminem and Dre; Em didn't know 50 would be such "a problem" ...

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 Dre blends gunshots with pianos, and why Eminem annoys 50 ...

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 "Oh sh--, somebody shot me in the face!"...

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 Jam Master Jay warns 50 to stay out of the 'hood ...

50 Cent: Sway Tells The Story Behind The Interview

Sway sits down with the "bad guy" and gets both sides of 50 Cent

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But 50's music didn't just stay regional. It spread like a virus, and pretty soon cuts that were heavily rotated on the underground, like "Wanksta" and his duet with the Notorious B.I.G., "The Realest," made their way onto radio across the country. One of his tapes eventually landed in the hands of Eminem, leading to 50's storied big-money deal with Shady/Aftermath. The Queens MC took home $500,000 and as a gift from Em and Dre, was given a  watch worth the same amount of money.

If you ask the iconic beat technician, he'll tell you he has no regrets about his investment.

"50 came out here to L.A. for a couple of days and he seemed like he was cool as sh--," remembered Dre, who cranked out seven songs in five days with the MC. "50 is one of the most incredible artists I worked with as far as writing, basic performance and vibing. He came in, and every track I put up, he had something for it. He wrote to it. He got in the booth and did his thing. 50's album in my opinion is gonna compete with all the classic hip-hop LPs that came out in the last 10 years. It's right up there. Sh-- came out hot."

  "In Da Club"
Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Obviously one of the hottest outcomes of Dr. Dre's teamwork with Cent is Get Rich or Die Tryin''s first single, "In Da Club," which is also the first song 50 recorded with the Doc. Not only has it become a club staple, but if you roll down your window at a red light these days you can almost count on hearing "Go shaw-tee it's your birthday" coming out of a nearby car.

"The first record I start with is 'In Da Club' and the last record I play is 'In Da Club,' " said DJ Kid Capri, who produced "Rowdy, Rowdy" for 50 in 1999. "When I play that sh-- [at the club], I don't care who's in there, whatever nationality, male or female, muthaf---as step to the floor and people be rockin'. The record is played four or five times in a row and they never get tired of it."

"It's so universal that the whole world can rock to it when it comes on," Snoop Dogg said of the cut. "I dance to 'In Da Club' onstage. When we perform, we got a little section called the 'Smoke Break' where we let everybody dance and groove a little bit. We play that song and they go crazy for it."

"Dre, he'll play dope beats ... they're automatic," 50 described of the studio process. "[He'll say], 'These are the hits, 50. So pick one of these and make a couple of singles or something.' The very first time he heard [me rap on] 'In Da Club' he said, 'Yo, I didn't think you was going to go there with it, but, you know, it works.' He was probably thinking of going in a different direction with that song. Then he expanded it into a hit record. [Dre and Em] made me a lot better, fast."

"There's not much fixing involved, which is a beautiful thing," Em said about 50.

50 came to Em and Dre with 30 songs, enough for almost three albums. According to the Queens MC, they had a difficult time choosing which songs to keep. Among those that made the grade were 50's first big hit, the blissfully simplistic "Wanksta," and sonic hurricane "What Up Gangsta," where 50 shouts out the gangs: "What up Blood/ What up cous/ What up Blood/ What up gangstaaa."

Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Of course, an album coming out on Shady/Aftermath is going to have the production stamp of the head honchos. 50 shuttled back and forth for a couple of months, securing Em's vehement, grisly melodies in Detroit and Dre's piano and bass-driven g-funk in L.A.

Among the four soundscapes Dre masterminded on the album is "Heat," which blends piano chords, the sound of a gun being cocked and gunshots. On the cut, 50 uses a conversational flow to inflect his threats: "I'll do what I gotta do/ I don't care if I get caught," he rhymes. "The DA could play this muthaf---in' tape in court/ I'll kill you."

Meanwhile, Em, who produced two beats and co-produced a couple of others, grants his signee's wish on "Patiently Waiting," where 50 uses another of his myriad of flows, this time slithering across the track and rhyming about how long he's been yearning for a dope beat.

"Em is so talented it becomes annoying," 50 said with a laugh. "Every time we go to the studio, he's got something new to play and it's like, 'Oh man, I gotta have something new to play, too.' Em is the rapper's rapper. He listens to everything. Every word, every slang, if you change something he's going to hear it all."

50 says that he and Em have formed a friendship outside the studio, but haven't had too much time to hang out because of their rigorous schedules. Among the things they talk about when they do touch base are raising their children and those hip-hop haters.

"More people hate Eminem than 50 Cent because Eminem is number one," 50 explained. "It's just a different class of people that hate Eminem [than hate me]. People that hate Eminem get a headache every time they see his face because he's so good. You got actors out there that still don't have films that break $100 million, but Eminem [did that on his] first go around."

NEXT: 'Oh sh--, somebody shot me in the face!' And 50 gets caught with crack in his sneakers ...
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 "In Da Club"
Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

 "Many Men [Wish Death]"
Get Rich or Die Tryin'

 "Patiently Waiting"
featuring Eminem
Get Rich or Die Tryin'