On this date in 2003, 50 Cent released his second and most critically acclaimed album to date Get Rich Or Die Tryin on Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.

After his street certified buzz from his Guess Who’s Back mixtape, a meeting with Eminem eventually turned into a million dollar deal on Dr. Dre and Em’s Shady/Aftermath imprint. With the album executive produced by Dre and Fif, this project became probably the most anticipated release of any debut Hip-Hop album of the new millennium.

Debuting at the pole position on Billboard 200, GRODT sold almost 900K units its first week and is now certified 6x platinum. The commercial success of the album in terms of radio and video plays as well the movie that launched starring 50 Cent with the same title helped earn the album a Grammy nod in 2004.

Some of the albums forerunning singles include the ever-popular “In Da Club,” “21 Questions” featuring the late Nate Dogg and “P.I.M.P.,” which became an international hit.

Salute to 50, Dre, Em and the entire G-Unit for this timeless piece of Hip-Hop history!