Over the last few years 50 Cent was probably on half the mix-tapes in New York, and made his name with his famous diss track "How to Rob" in which he probably mocked half the rappers on the scene. Lucky two of them didn't include Eminem and Dre, who signed him to their Shady-Aftermath Labels in late 2002, after a huge bidding war between the main rap labels.
The first cut from his debut album on the label, Get Rich or Die Tryin', is "In Da Club" and i could tell it was going to a be a huge hit (especially in the Club scene) as soon as he mutters the first bridge "Go Shawty Its your Birthday". The chorus is really infectious and would get the dullest of parties started.
The Beat is also a superb Dre production, and was originally meant for his own album "Detox" which is still on the drawing board. Its exactly what we would expect from the Dr. and really makes this song so good, which is lyrically average.
The Single also includes "Wanksta" which was 50's first single (from the 8 Mile Soundtrack). The track is not too bad although the beat, which sounds like fair ground music, does get a bit annoying after a while. Lyrically this is a strong song, and has lots of subliminally charged messages to 50's nemesis Ja Rule.
Altogether this is a great pair of songs for the price. If you like this, you'll love the album; not the best rap album you can get, but great for partying or just chilling out.