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While Nas, Jay-Z, Gang Starr and Rakim are all established hip-hop legends, Eminem brought in some new artists to round out his Oscar Winning 8 Mile soundtrack. Specifically, 50 Cent, the Queens, NY artist who Dr. Dre and Eminem recently co-signed to Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment. 50 Cent is featured on three songs on the soundtrack.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, is already well known to hip-hop fans, having generated terrific street buzz off his self-released mixtapes and the hit, "Wanksta," from the album. His debut album "Get Rich or Die Trying," was produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre.
50 Cent is definitely different from the average rapper. This is a man who claims to have been shot nine times! But he says being shot in the hip was the most painful.
"When I got shot in the hip it cracked bone and when I got out of the hospital they didn't give me medication, so that really hurt," he remembers.
He says he was also shot once through his liver. He was only blocks from a hospital and was trying to walk there on his own when he was hit by a car. (Talk about adding insult to injury!) He says he woke up later in the hospital, just when the twin towers came down and all he could think of was wanting to get out of the area. It was definitely a time when he just couldnt catch a break.
Three days before filming the video for "Thug Love", with Destinys Child, he got caught up in a street battle and was shot again. That led to a falling out with Columbia and his eventual release from the label before any real work or promotion had been completed. Apparently, 50 Cent, with his tough on-the-street lifestyle at that time, was just too hot for the label to handle.
But his music has kept this wild one at the forefront of hip-hop music with a huge and ever-growing following of fans. The public has joined with Dr. Dre and Eminem as 50 Cent music lovers.
And the man , himself, has no intention of letting up. While he may have toned down his violent street mentality of the past, his energy is still red hot, and its focused on his music.
The 8 Mile soundtrack includes:
Lose Yourself (Eminem)
8 Mile (Eminem)
Run Rabbit Run (Eminem)
Luv Me (Obie Trice / Eminem / 50 Cent)
Places To Go (50 Cent)
Wanksta (50 Cent)
Rap Game (D-12 / 50 Cent)
Wanna Be Me (Nas)
8 Mile Runnin (Jay Z / Freeway)
That's My Nigga For Real (Young Zee)
Battle (Gang Starr)
Spit Shine (Xzibit)
Time Of My Life (Macy Gray)
Wasting My Time (Bookmat)
Adrenaline Rush (Obie Trice)
Rap Name (Obie Trice)
'Til I Collapse Freestyle (50 Cent)
Gangsta (Joe Beast)
The Weekend (Brooklyn)
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