Since starting his career in the late 1990s, 50 Cent has gone from being a struggling artist to one of the best-known rappers in the world. His debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was released in 2003 and is now widely considered a classic. Known for his aggressive lyrics and matching demeanor, 50’s career has been full of success, but he’s also had his fair share of controversy. In addition to beefing with other artists, he’s also become known for being an online troll who isn’t afraid to say anything. As a result, he has rubbed lots of people the wrong way. Regardless of how you feel about him, though, there’s no denying the fact that he has released some of the most memorable rap songs of the last 20 years. Keep reading to see our list of the best 50 Cent songs of all time.
1. Many Men
Released on his first album, “Many Men” wasn’t a single, but it’s still become one of 50’s most memorable songs. Featuring lyrics that feel autobiographical, “Many Men” tells the story of a person who can’t trust anyone around him. Despite knowing that he is constantly in danger, he always feels confident that he can do what he needs to do to protect himself. In the song, 50 raps, “Every night I talk to God but he don’t say nothing back/I know he protecting me, but I still stay with my gat”.
2. In Da Club
“In Da Club” is easily one of 50 Cent’s most popular songs. Opening with the now-famous line “Go shawty, it’s ya birthday,” the song has a fun vibe that also showcases 50’s versatility. There aren’t too many rappers who can successfully rap as aggressively as 50 and still make crossover hits. The song was even nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance, however, it lost to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.
3. How To Rob
Unless you’ve been a 50 Cent fan since before he found commercial success, you may have never heard the song “How to Rob”. However, it’s still one of 50’s best. The song is clever and creative and features punch lines that name-drop some of the biggest artists in rap and R&B. The song is a great example of what 50 can do and it’s actually kind of a shame that it wasn’t commercially successful.
If you’ve ever heard the term “wanksta” but weren’t sure where it came from, the answer is 50 Cent. His song “Wanksta” was released in the fall of 2002 as part of the 8 Mile soundtrack. For a lot of people, it was their first time hearing 50 Cent and it was the perfect introduction. With a catchy beat and a memorable hook, “Wanksta” had all of the key ingredients to become a huge radio success.
5. Window Shopper
No one can call somebody out on their BS like 50, and that’s exactly what he did in the song “Window Shopper”. In the song, 50 confidently brags about being able to afford things that the average person can’t even imagine. He also mixes in some of his trademark lyrical threats as he raps, “They know the kid ain’t gon’ fall for all that bulls***/Try and stick me, I’ma let off a full clip”.
6. I Get Money
If there’s anyone who knows about getting money, it’s 50 Cent. Between rap and business deals, he is estimated to be worth around $40 million. The 2009 single “I Get Money” was his chance to boast about all of the money he’s made. He made it sound so good that the rest of us hardly notice that he was essentially calling us broke.
As you can tell by now, 50’s first album was full of some great songs and “P.I.M.P” was one of them. Sure, there have been lots of other songs about pimps in the past, but there’s something about “P.I.M.P” that really had fans in a chokehold when it was released. There is also a remix featuring Snoop Dogg which is great, too.
8. Hustler’s Ambition
“Hustler’s Ambition” was a song on the soundtrack of the 2005 movie Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and it was the perfect musical representation of many of the things that 50 Cent dealt with when he was in the streets. From drugs to violence, “Hustler’s Ambition” touches on those topics over a smooth beat that will almost make you forget the graphic nature of what he’s rapping about.
9. 21 Questions
From early in his career, 50 Cent made it clear that his music wasn’t just for the streets, he also knew how to make songs that ladies would love, too. “21 Questions” was the first example of that. With a hook from the late Nate Dogg, “21 Questions” isn’t your regular hip-hop love song. Throughout the song, 50 asks his girlfriend a series of questions to make sure that she’s really down for him. He also lets her know that he loves her “like a fat kid loves cake”.
10. Candy Shop
“Candy Shop” may not be one of 50 Cent’s best songs in terms of lyrics, but it’s definitely one of the catchiest and most memorable. When the song was released in 2009, he had women all over the world wanting to take a trip to the metaphorical candy shop.