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Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (Motion Picture Soundtrack) - 50 Cent/Various Artists - Universal Since his debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’ got released three years ago, 50 Cent didn’t just pass his competition, he shot them all down. With last years follow up, The Massacre, he continued his journey in the record books by becoming the first artist to have four songs in the top ten of Billboard's Hot 100 since The Beatles.

Now he’s out to make an impact in Hollywood with his gritty biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Eminem did essentially the same kind of piece just a couple of years ago with his 8 Mile to rave reviews. The film has an all-star cast of characters and the rapper-turned-actor tries a similar approach for the accompanying soundtrack.

Listening to the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ soundtrack is basically like listening to another 50 Cent album with a bunch of guest appearances from rappers in the G-Unit. Recent recruits like Ma$e, Mobb Deep and outfit MOP get this show on the road, while longtime 50 Cent collaborators Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck each get to do their solo thing.

Like the movie, 50 is clearly the star of the show here. Lead single Hustler's Ambition finds him reminiscing on the struggles of his former life in the streets, the pensive What If finds the onetime drug dealer pondering the many alternate paths his life could have taken if he wasn’t making music, on others he raps about how he's a man of the streets, intimately familiar with its codes and its violence.

The music of the other rappers tends to get boring and too repetitive after awhile, out of the eighteen tracks on the soundtrack, the strongest moments are the few when 50 Cent flies solo. He’s got talent, but the album doesn’t put it to much good use here.

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