Reflecting on 15 years of 50 Cent’s Timeless debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Sometimes I wonder if 50 Cent knew that we would still be raving about his debut album fifteen years later? Never mind, I’m sure 50 is somewhere in the world thinking, “Hell yea I knew I was creating a classic…I’m 50 man.”
Fifteen years ago today, 50 Cent and Shady/Aftermath records had the Country and the entire Hip-Hop community gasping for air as they released his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’. The 19 track album debuted atop the Billboard 200 and sold upwards of 872,000 copies in its first week. 50 Cent had officially transformed from underground mixtape legend to Raps new favorite bad guy. Get Rich or Die Tryin was 50 Cent’s statement piece. A project packed with grit, charisma and a sinister spirit. The album featured songs such as the hits “In Da Club”, “21 Questions” ft. Nate Dogg, “P.I.M.P”,  “Wanksta” and my personal favorite “Many Men”. I rapped “Many Men” like I lived it, wrote it and had to buy a bullet proof vest because of it.
At the age of 13 is when I started to listen to 50 Cent, courtesy of my 9-year-old brother. He became a fan of 50 during his mixtape reign. I still wonder how a 9-year-old got hold of a 50 Cent mixtape, but we’ll leave that for another day. Get Rich or Die Tryin was released when I was 14 and that album solidified me as a fan forever. Generally speaking, if streaming was a thing fifteen years ago, my house alone would’ve given him an award. As a matter of fact, you could not go anywhere without hearing the album, birthday parties, roller skating rinks, sporting events, the radio and especially school hallways. Yes, just in case you were wondering how the album was received by Middle School students in 2003, the census agreed it was the sh*t! You could hear “Wanksta” blaring out of portable CD players, students rapping “In Da Club” in the back of the classroom and of course, I was one of those students, I knew every song word for word.
Looking back on those days brings a sense of nostalgia and being in the present to see 50 Cent continue to flourish not only in Hip-Hop but Acting, Business and much more is even better. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is in fact  timeless and will reside in the Hip-Hop rafters alongside of other greats forever.
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TakeOff Shines As The Migos’ Transcend Music with Culture II

The Migos have been dishing out music like they still have something to prove. The superstar trio released their third studio album Culture II at midnight. The album comes on the heels of a phenomenal 2017. The success of chart topping hit “Motorsport” ft. Cardi B and Nicki Minaj landed the trio on the cover of Rolling Stone. Culture II boast features from the industries elite, heavy hitters such as Drake, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign and more can be found on Culture II. With production credits from taste makers like, Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, KanyeWest, Pharell and even Quavo made the cut.
The Migos’ deliver as usual, with TakeOff shining as the most lyrical (Keep sleeping on him if you want), Quavo shows off his range with his melodic voice and production and Offset ties it all together with his polished flow and cadence. Culture II includes tracks like, “Narcos”, “Beast”, “Auto Pilot (Huncho on the Beat)” and “Walk It Talk It” ft. Drake, that give us that proper Migos’ energy. However, the production by DJ Durel and Quavo on “Too Playa” ft. 2 Chainz is the smoothest and quite honestly, the most fire moment throughout the album, adding the live saxophone is real playa sh*t. Another favorite is “Made Men” due to the boss’d up energy that it gives off and TakeOff on the hook is seamless.
Overall, I could have done without the 24 tracks, 12 would have been better and Culture II doesn’t translate the way Culture did but, it definitely has its moments. Without fail you can see the growth musically in the trio, at this stage in their career they have the room to do whatever they want. Maybe Culture II will grow on me like “Stir Fry” did, but until then I’ll keep “Too Playa” and “Made Men” in rotation.
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Cardi Muthaf*ckin’ B!

Watching Cardi B maneuver her way through success causes two reactions; 1. You can hate her or 2. This Bardi Gang movement can motivate the f**k out of you!
TIDAL released another exclusive last night, a Cardi B mini documentary entitled “I’m Here Muthaf*ckas”. Which recaps her historic 2017 rookie year from the Bronx to the top of the charts. The 7 minute doc follows her as she performs at Jeremy Scott’s Moschino X TIDAL show during Art Basel.
Cardi B’s success is far from a fortunate stroke of serendipity. Throughout, her documentary “The Bodak Yellow” rapper speaks on how her hustle, massive personality and fashion risks contributed to her notoriety and two Grammy nominations last year. Furthermore, she elaborates on people doubting her by saying, ” I like to prove people wrong, like if somebody tells me I can’t do something I go to the studio, I work hard, once I make that plan..I go get it.” So what does future success look like for Cardi?…She talks ownership and her respect for Jay-Z. “You know that Tidal is everywhere, just to know that a color person owns it, somebody that comes from Brooklyn from the streets, I’m from the street, if he could do it that means I could do it one day.” Nevertheless, 2018 is another year for Bardi B to dominate and I look forward to it. There’s No Limit to her success- All puns intend!
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Queen Mary J. Blige joins the Elite and Receives a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, On Her Birthday!

I’ve been doing my Mary J. Blige dance all day. Not only is it The Queen of Hip-Hop and R&B’s Birthday but the Grammy Award winning singer, Actress and Icon was honored today with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Standing along side of Andre Harrell and Mogul Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige was bestowed with this great honor. This is another monumental moment for the Culture and a well deserved moment for Mary J Blige. Now let me go blast “What’s the 411?” and “My Life” at ignorant volumes. Let us continue to celebrate our Legends and give them their flowers while they can still smell them.
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