The debut from Eminem protÉgÉ 50 Cent backs up the considerable hype that accompanies it, thanks to the beguilingly charismatic appeal of the rapper's clenched, drowsy delivery and&#x201

The debut from Eminem protégé 50 Cent backs up the considerable hype that accompanies it, thanks to the beguilingly charismatic appeal of the rapper's clenched, drowsy delivery and—perhaps more importantly—the slick production contributions from Dr. Dre. While 50 proves himself to be a formidable talent—and a first-rate trash talker—throughout Get Rich, the album's finest moments are as much a testament to the prowess of his mentors. Eminem steals the show on "Patiently Waiting," while the best track on the record, the party anthem "In Da Club," showcases Dre the producer at the top of his game. Unfortunately, this disc's positives—which also include "Wanksta" from the 8 Mile soundtrack—don't add up to a great album: Plenty of boilerplate g-funk thuggery serves as filler. But there are enough strong moments to make the album compelling and worthy of its chart-topping debut.—BG