No matter who you were in 2003 -- a New York gangster, a Los Angeles record executive, suburban high school nerd, whatever -- you feared, cheered and/or revered Curtis James Jackson III. The man better known as 50 Cent grabbed the world by the throat with his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. It simultaneously scared the hell out of listeners and made them dance dirty. In a word, it was awesome, and it launched a multi-faceted career that makes the G-Unit rapper one of the most well-known and decorated rappers of his generation.
Signed to Eminem's Shady Records via Dr. Dre's Aftermath, 50 Cent has become a business empire of his own. He famously partnered in the Vitamin Water company and rapped about selling the company to Coca-Cola for an exorbitant amount of money. He's straddled the line of street rap and hip-pop more deftly than most, somehow never losing his hard edge even while delivering romantic odes. He can bop, freak and totally eff a mother up, and he does it all with enough style to catch the charts.
It's been a few years since 50's last album, Animal Ambition, dropped in 2014, but his music continues to inspire DJs and producers to put his tunes in heavy rotation. If you're looking for a fresh take on some of your 50 Cent favorites, we recommend these five remixes below.