50 centss acclaimed debut album Get rich or die trying’ is celebrating another Billboard chart milestone, and 50 has shared a message for rappers hoping to achieve a similar longevity.
The Queens icon’s 2003 LP has landed back on the Billboard 200 at No. 165, meaning it Get rich or die trying’ has reached 150 weeks on the elusive chart, marking 50’s longest charting run of his career.
“Take your time and make a classic, they last a long time,” 50 wrote on Instagram on Tuesday (Nov. 8), along with an image of an article headline celebrating the chart Get rich or die trying’.
The post sees the G-Unit mogul asking younger artists to take their time creating projects, even as the streaming era seems to make music more disposable.
50 Cent’s titanic debut topped the Billboard 200 in February 2003, selling 872,000 copies in its first week. It would spend six weeks at the top of the chart for the rest of the year.
The decorated album is close to being certified as a diamond-selling project, currently sitting at 9x platinum in the US. The project was the best-selling album in the country in 2003 and earned a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004.
A pair of tracks peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 with “In Da Club” and “21 Questions” hitting the No. 1 spot.
50 reflected on his momentous debut in 2019, which served as the LP’s 16-year anniversary. “On February 6, 2003 I released the biggest debut hip-hop album of all time. 13.3M Sold,” he wrote at the time. “remember back then billie jean thriller all #1 hits LOL.”
Almost two decades later and 50 is still touring the globe performing hits from his impressive catalog.
After wrapping up a European tour where he performed in front of more than 40,000 fans last month in Greece, the G-Unit honcho is back stateside and has announced a treat for his hometown NYC fans with a performance at Manhattan’s 42 D ‘OR nightclub on Wednesday (November 9). Tickets are still available and may be bought here.