Eminem, Dr Dre and 50 Cent have been a money-making trio since the turn of the millennium. Dr Dre discovered Eminem, who quickly became a superstar, and the ‘Stan’ emcee swiftly signed 50 Cent, obliterating almost every East Coast rapper when he released ‘In Da Club’.
With Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine behind the wheel, 50 Cent and Eminem as performers began to dominate the charts, overshadowing hip-hop and, for a long time, was the only label challenging Roc-A-Fella concerning the potency of its roster.
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ has been unanimously considered the most groundbreaking album of the early-2000s and, in the eyes of Kanye West, was worth a Grammy. However, although it may seem that 50 Cent, Dr Dre and Eminem spent weeks and months in the studio agonising over the project’s creative direction, the reality is quite the opposite.
The production of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was split half-and-half between Dre and Eminem. However, in an interview with Noreaga and DJ EFN for the Drink Champs podcast, 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) unveiled that he only spent four days in the studio with Dr Dre.
When asked by the hosts how it was working with Dr Dre on his historic 2003 debut, Jackson responded, “It was fun! You know what’s ill [is] I was so seasoned when I went to Dr Dre that I only worked with Dre for four days on Get Rich Or Die Tryin. In four days, we did ‘In Da Club,’ ‘P.I.M.P.,’ ‘Back Down,’ ‘If I Can’t’ and this record called ‘Angels.’ It never came out.”
50 Cent had already been signed to Columbia Records before he moved to Aftermath Entertainment and had already released his mixtape Power Of The Dollar. As such, he had already experienced the major label recording environment.
Therefore, as explained, he was seasoned. Eminem produced the rest of the project, but Dr Dre had to approve the tracks before release and songs such as ’21 Questions’ caused disagreements. However, the final body of work ended up being a multi-platinum record. You can hear Jackson explaining the recording process in the video below.
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