By Nadeska Alexis with reporting by Rob Markman
February 6 marks ten years since 50 Cent released Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the 2003 album that most fans would agree is his best to date, in addition to simply being of the best hip-hop albums to date. Luckily, Fif got filthy rich and he didn’t die tryin’, which made it possible for him to give MTV News a track-by-track breakdown of the LP. What about the bonus tracks though? Fif says Eminem was really feeling them when they put the record together.
That joint—that’s it, that was the start. That’s when you hit the start button. I think of “8 Mile.”
“U Not Like Me”
[With] “U Not Like Me,” I didn’t even care for it to be on Get Rich or Die Tryin’, but Em loved it. That record had previously been on the mixtape, but he was just so into it that he said ‘you gotta put this record on there,’ so I put it on there.
“Life’s on the Line”
“You know when I did ‘Life’s on the Line?’ That was 1999, before I got shot. Em was in love with those records. [People] don’t realize, when I actually did the deal I didn’t say anything about Ja cause I didn’t want Em to feel like it brought a problem, and then he jumped the gun. Cause I looked at Em and he liked it so much, it almost felt like somebody was gonna come out from behind the car like it was ’Punk’d.’ I didn’t wanna have him in the middle of my s—, but then Ja said something about Hailie and that was it. [Em] gave me the green light…so I just finished him.”