50 Cent “Guess Who’s Back?” Mixtape Download & Stream
50 Cent releases his Official Mixtape Guess Who’s Back?, Presented by G-Unit. The 18-track tape has Features from Nas, G-Unit, U.G.K., Bravehearts, Nature & More. Production is handled by Trackmasters, DJ Clark Kent, Sha Money XL, Red Spyda, Terence Dudley & More.
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, and actor from New York City, New York. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003) and The Massacre (2005). His major-label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’, has been certified 8x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 50 Cent also gained prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit, of which he is the leader.
Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, Jackson began drug dealing at the age of 12 during the 1980s crack epidemic. After leaving drug dealing to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine bullets during an incident in 2000. After releasing his album Guess Who’s Back? in 2002, 50 Cent was discovered by rapper Eminem and signed to Interscope Records, Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his first major commercial successes, 50 Cent became one of the world’s highest selling rappers. In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo.
Guess Who’s Back? is a compilation album by American rapper 50 Cent, released April 26, 2002 on independent label Full Clip Records in the United States. It was his first official release after his 2000 effort Power of the Dollar went unreleased. The album features production by Trackmasters, DJ Clark Kent, Sha Money XL, Red Spyda, and Terence Dudley. Guess Who’s Back? received generally positive reviews from music critics and peaked at number 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
Some of the cuts are songs from the unofficially released album Power of the Dollar. The album’s cover image was later used in the video for 50 Cent‘s song “Piggy Bank“. The album was recorded in Canada after 50 Cent was “blacklisted” in the recording industry and was unable to find a studio to work with in the U.S. As of May 2004, the album has sold over 400,000 copies in the United States. After releasing the album, 50 Cent was discovered by rapper Eminem, who listened to a copy of the album through 50 Cent‘s attorney, who was working with Eminem‘s manager, Paul Rosenberg, and he was signed to Interscope Records.
Months before 50 Cent burst into the mainstream with Get Rich or Die Tryin’, his “In da Club“-highlighted debut for Shady/Aftermath, the highly touted rapper cleaned out his closet with Guess Who’s Back?. The skimpily packaged album, released by the indie label Full Clip and documented by no credits whatsoever, compiles what it terms as “underground classics & freestyles.” Unless you’re connected to the New York mixtape circuit or happen to own a bootlegged version of 50‘s unreleased 2000 debut album, the Trackmasters-produced Power of the Dollar, none of the 18 songs here are going to be familiar — they’re all previously unreleased, legally that is. However, if you’re indeed down with the underground, either via the streets of N.Y.C. or the bandwidth of cyberspace, many of these songs will be familiar.
About half of the songs on Guess Who’s Back? come from Power of the Dollar, including such highlights as “Life’s on the Line,” “Ghetto Qua Ran,” and “As the World Turns,” while the others, such as “That’s What’s Up” (a G-Unit posse track over the beat to Wu-Tang‘s “Ya’ll Been Warned“), “Too Hot,” and “Who U Rep With” (the latter two featuring Nas, who is sampled for the hook to “F*ck You” also), come mostly from mixtapes. Guess Who’s Back? is a clear representation of precisely why 50 Cent went on to become the most talked-about upcoming rapper in a decade. Before 50 Cent was “In da Club” with Eminem and Dr. Dre, he was here, releasing a plethora of mixtape tracks for the underground with hopes of one day getting rich or dying trying. Follow on Twitter @50cent @thisis50 @MedievalBeatz Buy Beats Online
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