If you are looking for a rapper capable of offering thumping beats and gritty lyrics, then 50 Cent is one person we think you should check out. Bursting onto the scene in the mid-90s and taking off in the early 2000s, he helped bring hip hop to a broader audience around the world.
But what we love about him is the variety of tracks he has produced over the years. Covering a variety of subjects, he tends to provide a whole lot of meaning to every message he puts across. Don’t believe us, then check out this list of the 25 best 50 Cent songs:
1. In Da Club
This track is the one that really led to the launch of 50 Cent as a major star. Seen as something of a party rap song, it had stunning beats, and he would drop down with his slowed-down flow full of rawness and power. There’s also a simplicity around the track, which helped further its appeal as it crossed boundaries, unlike so many other hip hop songs.
2. Just a Lil Bit
This song is out of this world, with a sense of seduction throughout, which blends perfectly with the more laid-back flow that’s typical of 50 Cent. Another thing to love is the slightly Eastern feel to some of the instrumentals leading to a heavy synth vibe that permeates the track. But even though the song has a relaxed vibe, it still comes with a real bounce to the beat.
3. Candy Shop
What stands out with this track is the catchy hook that resonates throughout. This is another example of the fun aspect that 50 Cent can bring to his music, and it leaves you feeling in a happier place by the time the song draws to a close. It has a cool enough beat while you grow accustomed to his usual relaxed flow as the verses progress. Overall, it’s a track that will catch hold of you over and over again.
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4. Disco Inferno
This song from 2005 shows that 50 Cent wants to stick with a tried and trusted method that has led to some amazing success. Disco Inferno incorporates those normal sick beats that always form an integral part of this music, and this song will not let you down in that department. Of course, it does help when the rapper maintains complete control as he throws out his lyrics via his usual cool and chilled approach.
5. Get Up
From 2008, this track brings an ample beat blended with a steady flow as 50 Cent throws out his message. While this is not the most energetic or fun song he has ever produced, it does indicate he has another side to his approach to hip hop. It represents an artist evolving, and for that alone, it’s worth its inclusion in our list.
6. 21 Questions
This song is straight out of the gangsta rap era that was prominent in the early 2000s, and it’s one of the best tracks he has ever produced. There’s a real softness to his entire approach throughout the song, and many see it as something of a ballad form of rap. Of course, he’s not the only rapper to try this, but considering the thumping beats he tends to produce, this track throws up something different and unexpected, which we love.
7. I Get Money
This song stands out as it’s much harder in both subjects, and the approach he takes to pushing across everything he wants to say. There are aspects of bullying in the track as he forces you to listen to him with more aggression and pent-up anger than you tend to see. It’s brash, and the vibe is different from the norm, but we just love his desire to do something that’s not typically his style.
8. Window Shopper
What stands out for us with this song is the smoothness of the chorus. It just drifts along without giving you any trouble whatsoever, and the slick beat just adds to that overall feel. 50 Cent then does his best to add an additional layer of emotion and feeling to proceedings resulting in a crisp track that packs a punch.
9. Many Men (Wish Death)
This track involves 50 Cent looking closely at his life and success, resulting in how he needs to then really take care of himself due to scheming people around him. He certainly turns the viewer inward here, and people just love the crisp production and balance throughout the song. It is a hip hop track that continues to influence new artists even years after it was released.
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10. When it Rains it Pours
What we love about this track is the way it introduces something of a somber mood to the song, and it forces you to be reflective about different things in life. It also incorporates a slick beat by Dr. Dre, and that elevates the track to a different level due to that fact alone. There’s also a rawness to aspects of it, but at the end of the day, it incorporates a lot of emotion and thought into the verses and the chorus.
11. Hate it or Love it
This song was a collaboration with The Game, and the two artists work well together throughout the track. 50 Cent adds his own touch to the hook, and it does a fantastic job of bringing you into the track before The Game goes ahead and spits out his lyrics, leaving you gasping for more by the end.
12. Love Me
This song brings together Eminem, Obie Trice, and 50 Cent together in a powerful rap trio that all flow together in a tight unit resulting in an outstanding track. When you have such talent together, it’s no surprise that the song is tight and thunders along. It’s momentous, and why wouldn’t it be when you have these three together?
13. Life’s on the Line
This diss track was the first one he set up to directly contend with Ja Rule and Murder Inc. As a result, it’s what you expect from a song designed to fight back against others, so it has a mean side to it that you will often not see in his general tracks. Yet, that’s what makes it interesting, with a thicker and heavier beat and more developed vocals compared to the norm.
14. Bad News
The rhymes that appear on this track are outstanding, and they are certainly the stand-out feature compared to everything else. The beat that accompanies this song is not his best, but his delivery pulls the track through. With a tendency to come across as offering a deeper feel to the song, it’s certainly not your typical fun-filled 50 Cent track, but don’t let that put you off experiencing it.
15. If I Can’t
This track gives you something of a contradiction. First, it has more of a party beat, and yet the message behind it focuses on 50 Cent and his life in gangsta rap. Those two shouldn’t go together, and yet he manages to pull it off with ease.
16. Peep Show
This song is another collaboration with Eminem, and it was from a time when Eminem was in a pretty dark place. However, 50 Cent keeps the track alive even though it’s pretty moody at times. The beat is dense, yet the verses are crafted in such a fine and stunning way that you want to keep returning to the song and take more from it repeatedly.
17. This is 50
With a gritty feel to it accompanied by his customary laid-back delivery, this song allows 50 Cent to really showcase his talent for crafting intricate verses along with catchy hooks. As always, the beat is strong and delivers through the track, and ultimately this is one of those songs that people miss out on, and that’s a disaster, in our opinion.
18. Poppin’ Them Thangs
This track is another prime example of how 50 Cent is just the master of beats, as this one is explosive and leaves you begging for more. He also delivers a bit more of an upbeat feel to his lyrics, resulting in a faster pace while still allowing his confidence in his talent to burst through in his delivery.
19. Smile (I’m Leavin)
This was a bonus track, and what a bonus it was. Actually, it’s better than so many A-side tracks released by 50 Cent over the years. It contains a serious beat from the very beginning while he bursts out onto the scene with a chilled approach, but it still packs emotion, and you can almost feel his pain coming through the song. It’s incredible to think this was more of a mixtape than a main song when you hear it.
20. Still Will (I’ll Still Kill)
With more of a synth sound to it, this track is one where 50 Cent certainly has more of an anger issue behind the song than you tend to expect. But that helps to bring this track up above his more average songs, and the balance with which he throws out his anger is why we have brought it into our list. We just find it amazing how he can make himself seem angry, but just not to the level you see with other rappers. His sense of control is astonishing and plays a massive part in making this track a joy to listen to.
21. U Not Like Me
This song is personal for 50 Cent as it’s all about him being shot nine times and his feelings about it all. It manages to hype you up even though it’s dealing with a tough subject, and this shows how good he is with storytelling. If you want to learn more about him and his life, then this track is one you need to listen to. Yes, it’s awkward to listen to at times, but it’s also a message about strength and recovery when you consider what he went through to get to this point.
22. Part of the Game
This song from 2020 showcases a more evolved 50 Cent, who has changed a bit from his earlier, more party rap approach. Yet, this track still demonstrates he has ample power behind the message, and those beats have never dropped their quality, even from the early days. The song is jumping, and if you want an idea of what this rapper can do some 25 years after starting his career, then we think you will learn a lot from this track.
23. I Run New York
This track comes across as quite self-aggrandizing, but that’s not an unusual thing when it comes to hip hop. However, it does mean the song doesn’t come with the more normal pumped-up feeling that 50 Cent tends to offer. There’s a sense of this track being quite disturbing, but it also comes across as quite compelling at the same time, and this balance between the two is impressive.
24. Death to My Enemies
This song effectively showcases 50 Cent at what is pretty much his most violent self. It’s wonderfully chaotic in its beat, and the hook grabs you and shakes you throughout the track. It’s tough to listen to, and if this is the first song you listen to by him, then it may put you off the rest. However, for purists, it’s stunning.
25. Big Rich Town
We love this track because it does come with something of an uplifting feel to it all as this rapper strides through the verses with his customary confidence and swagger. Of course, he rarely comes across as putting too much energy into it all, and this is one of those tracks, but we don’t mind as this song still manages to hit hard when you least expect it to. This is 50 Cent when he is at his best, and those beats are out of this world, as they usually are with him.
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