As the Hip Hop Industry marks the 10th Anniversary of 50 Cent’s Interscope/Aftermath debut album, “Get Rick or Die Tryin”, a number of emcees sat down with Complex to give their perspective of the multiple platinum LP that Launched Fif and G-Unit into the stratosphere.
Freeway, of Roc-A-Fella fame says he remembers congratulating Fif on the success of the LP. According to Freeway, he and fif bonded while touring together early in their careers. He even revealed that 50 Cent and then Roc-A-Fella President, Jay-Z were cordial during that time.
“We were always cool. He was on a mixtape tour so we were doing a bunch of shows together,” he said. “I remember when his album came out and it did all them numbers, I called him like, ‘Yo, your joint did a lot of numbers, it’s gone be crazy.’ He was like, ‘Don’t worry about it, your joint gon’ do the same thing when it drop…Jay[-Z] was cool with 50 because of the Roc The Mic tour. 50 used to always come to the dressing room, fuck with Jay, they used to always be cool. I remember when 50 first got the Vitaminwater deal, he came in and told Jay like, ‘Yeah man, I just did a deal with Vitaminwater. I’m about to get paid off this Vitaminwater.’ He would always come in and fuck with Jay, so it was always love.”
Houston veteran emcee, Bun B, one half of the famed UGK, also weighed in with his recollection of his relationship with Fif. He recalls that when Fif was Atlantic Records, before he blew up, he was still the same Cocky person that was introduced to the world in a large weigh through “Get Rich or DieTryin”.
“I had met 50 probably about two years, maybe even three, before [the album]. He was with Atlantic. I met him through Tone and Poke,” he recalled. “50 was originally with Tone back in those days. I had recorded with 50 prior to him getting stabbed and then shot. Seeing him come back through all of that to create a situation for himself doing the mixtapes, forming G-Unit, getting that crazy street buzz…it just seemed so larger than life at the time. Personally, I was just happy to see this guy persevere through everything. 50 was always a cocky guy. He always didn’t [give] a damn what anybody thought about what he said and he just rode that out.”