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"50 Cent becomes a drug dealer in order to purchase an escalating series of consumer goods: a new pair of trainers, a Mercedes. ... the title of the film [ Get Rich or Die Tryin' ], make[s] the claim that without money and commodities you may as well be dead: all ethical choices are suspended in the pursuit of wealth."--Paul Gilroy (2012) by Paul Williams, p. 108

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' is a 2003 album by American rapper 50 Cent. It is also the title of a 2005 crime drama film starring 50 Cent.



Get Rich or Die Tryin ' is a 2005 American hip-hop crime drama film starring 50 Cent, in his feature film acting debut. It was released on November 9, 2005, and was known as Locked and Loaded during production. Similar to the 2002 Eminem film 8 Mile, which it used as a template, the film is loosely based on 50 Cent's own life and was directed by Jim Sheridan. The name of the film is shared with 50 Cent's debut album of the same name.


After Marcus Grier and his friends rob a Colombian safe house, Marcus is shot nine times. As the unidentified shooter points the gun to Marcus' head and pulls the trigger, the film flashes back to his childhood.

Marcus is a quiet young boy who adores his loving mother, Katrina and the two live a relatively comfortable life on her drug-dealing income. She often has to leave him with his grandparents while she conducts business. Marcus enjoys the company of his friends, especially his love interest Charlene. He writes Charlene a song and sends her a cassette tape, though it is deemed inappropriate by her stepfather. As a result, she is forced to be sent away to live with her grandparents. Meanwhile, Katrina is murdered by an anonymous figure in an apparent drug deal gone wrong.

Forced to live with his grandparents full-time, they themselves also having children to look after, Marcus finds his life less appealing as his grandfather works long hours to support the family. No longer able to get the shoes his mother could afford, Marcus turns to selling drugs in order to afford new shoes. As he grows older, he rejects the idea of legal work and decides to deal drugs, buying new clothing and a gun. Eventually he abandons high school to sell drugs for local kingpin Levar and his underling, Majestic, full-time. Majestic, however, plans to become a major drug lord himself, often conspiring with a Rap artist he manages named Dangerous.

Years later, Marcus reunites with Charlene and the two become intimate. Later one of his close friends, Antwan, is shot and paralyzed at a club by a Colombian named Raul; the gunman initially aimed for Marcus. In retaliation, Marcus attacks Raul, but stops short of murdering him when he realizes it's not worth throwing away the rest of his life, and instead shoots Raul in the legs multiple times as payback for Antwan.

When Raul refuses to identify Marcus as the shooter in a police line up, he is allowed to go free. After an anonymous tip off, cops raid his house and find a gun and drugs, which didn't belong to Marcus. Marcus is jailed, and during his time in prison, he befriends an inmate named Bama. Meanwhile, Majestic makes his move to seize control of the local drug trade: he sets Levar up to go to prison, and then frames Levar's second-in-command Odell for it. After publicly torturing and murdering Odell for his "betrayal", Majestic then takes over Levar's empire as the new kingpin.

After encouragement from Bama, Marcus leaves the drug trade behind to pursue and fulfill his lifelong dream of being a rapper, calling himself Young Caesar. Bama joins as his manager and producer. Bama gets out of prison before Marcus, but promises he will see him again.

When Marcus leaves prison, Bama, Justice, Majestic, and June Bug are waiting for him. Majestic invites Marcus to become his right-hand man (taking June Bug's place), but Marcus tells him of his aspirations to being a rapper, which Majestic laughs off. Marcus leaves with Bama, taking Justice with him.

Justice and Bama initially have a clash of personalities, but Marcus calms them after a roadside stop. Unconvinced of Marcus' dream, Justice informs Majestic of his activities. As Marcus more seriously pursues music, Majestic tries everything in his power to sabotage his success, threatening record label employees, DJs, and more, even going as far as to threaten Charlene and Marcus's newborn son while at the hospital. Marcus, however, refuses to stop and retaliates by taunting Majestic and Dangerous in his songs.

Despite Marcus' insistence at avoiding crime, Bama convinces him to carry out one last robbery on a Colombian safe house. While this happens, Majestic targets Marcus for death. After Marcus and his crew complete the robbery, the film returns to the first scene. It is then revealed that Marcus was shot outside of his family's home by Justice, eventually being saved by his grandparents. After being hospitalized, and going through a period of self-loathing and pity, Marcus reevaluates his life, prioritizing his family. After a long and painful recovery, he records music again.

Angered with Justice's failure to kill Marcus, Majestic kills Justice. Shortly after, Marcus meets with Levar in prison, who remorsefully reveals that he is Marcus' biological father and regrets not being there for him and his mother to protect them. Marcus then organizes his concert debut, using his stage name "Young Caesar" with the support of his family and friends.

The night of his concert, Marcus organizes protection for his family (and Charlene's family) from Majestic. As he prepares to go on stage, Majestic shows up with his goons and tries to intimidate Marcus, but to no avail. In the ensuing confrontation, Majestic reveals he killed Marcus's mother years earlier for spurning his affections. In a fit of rage by Marcus, a fight ensues, and Marcus prevails.

Before he can finish off Majestic once and for all, Bama persuades him to start the show, citing that Majestic isn't worth him killing and urging him think about his family. As Marcus starts to walk out on stage, Majestic tries to stab him, but is shot and wounded by Bama. Majestic begs for Marcus to kill him, but Marcus refuses, and instead leaves Majestic in the hands of his cronies, and as he walks out towards the crowd, Bama shoots Majestic to death himself.

Marcus steps onto the stage and performs "Hustler's Ambition".



The soundtrack was released on November 8, 2005. In December 2005, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum.

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