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"In da Club"
Single by 50 Cent
from the album Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Released February 4, 2003[1]
Format 12-inch single, CD
Recorded 2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:10
Label Aftermath, Interscope, Shady
Writer(s) 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo
Producer Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo
50 Cent singles chronology
"Wanksta"
(2002)
"In da Club"
(2003)
"Magic Stick"
(2003)
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"In da Club" is a hip-hop song performed by rapper 50 Cent from his commercial debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The song was produced by Dr. Dre with co-production from Mike Elizondo. 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Elizondo wrote the song. The track was released in 2003 as the album's lead single and it was positively received by music critics.

"In da Club" became 50 Cent's first number one single and was one of 2003's most popular songs after reaching number one in the United States and peaking in the top five on the majority of the European record charts it entered. At the 46th Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song. The song's music video won Best Rap Video and Best New Artist at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2009 the single was named the 24th most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[2]

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Background

After 50 Cent was discovered by rapper Eminem in 2002, he flew to Los Angeles where he was introduced to record producer Dr. Dre.[3] "In da Club" was the first of seven tracks he recorded in five days with Dr. Dre. 50 Cent described the studio sessions, saying:

Dre, he'll play dope beats... [He'll say], 'These are the hits, 50. So pick one of these and make a couple of singles or something.' The very first time he heard [me rap on] 'In Da Club' he said, 'Yo, I didn't think you was going to go there with it, but, you know, it works.' He was probably thinking of going in a different direction with that song. Then he expanded it into a hit record.[4]

The production was originally given to the hip hop group D12, but was passed on to 50 Cent.[5] He recorded the track with only the drum beat present. Since much of the content on Get Rich or Die Tryin' was "dark", he wanted to write material that was "the exact opposite". He called the song a "celebration of life. Every day it's relevant all over 'cause every day is someone's birthday."[6]

Music and reception

"In da Club" was positively received from music critics. Allmusic described it as "a tailor-made mass-market good-time single".[7] The Source called the song a "guaranteed party starter" with its "blaring horns, funky organs, guitar riffs and sparse hand claps".[8] The BBC also wrote that the song is "a spectacular party anthem" that "highlights 50 Cent's ability to twist his words effortlessly".[9] Entertainment Weekly noted that 50 Cent "boasts unashamedly of his career objectives and newly flush bank account" with lyrics such as "I'm feelin' focus, man, my money on my mind/Got a mil out the deal and I'm still on the grind."[10] Rolling Stone wrote that the song sports "a spare yet irresistible synth hook augmented by a tongue-twisting refrain".[11] The Guardian called the track "irresistible" due to its "sparse orchestral samples and snaking chorus"[12] and Pitchfork Media also said "the bounce on 'In Da Club' is straight-up irresistible, Dre at both his minimalist best and most deceptively infectious."[13] Splendid magazine called the song an "insanely catchy" single with its "stanky, horn-addled thump".[14] The track was listed at number ten on Blender magazine's "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".[15] In 2008, it was ranked at number 18 on VH1's "100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs".[16]

Chart performance

"In da Club" charted well in the United States, becoming 50 Cent's first number one single. The song peaked at number one for nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 (starting on February 27, 2003) and remained on the chart for twenty-two weeks.[17][18] The track also reached number one on the Top 40 Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Hot Rap Tracks charts.[19] In March 2003, it broke a Billboard record as the "most listened-to" song in radio history within a week.[20] "In da Club" was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America[21] and was nominated for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song at the 2004 Grammy Awards, but lost to Eminem's "Lose Yourself".[22] Across Europe, the song reached number one in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland and the top five in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.[18] In Australia, the single peaked at number one, was certified two times Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association,[23] and on the 2003 year-end chart, it was listed at number five.[24]

Music video

The music video was directed by Phillip Atwell on December 10 – December 11, 2002.[25] Almost all the film footage was used in the video except for a scene where 50 Cent raps in a glass box.[26] The video is set in a fictional hip hop boot camp known as the Shady/Aftermath Artist Development Center. It begins with a black Hummer driving to the facility at an unknown location. 50 Cent is introduced by hanging upside down from the roof of a gym. Atwell commented, "I think I could have done better with it, but I really liked the way that it turned out".[26] The video also contains a shooting range, which Atwell felt was appropriate because 50 Cent had been shot nine times. He said, "creatively, I felt like we were able to put guns in a video and have it play. And I like it when you are able to play within the standards and still give the artist something symbolic of what they are going for."[26]

The video ends with the camera zooming out of the club to reveal a two-way mirror with Eminem and Dr. Dre in white lab uniforms, observing 50 Cent and taking notes. Atwell stated that "seeing 50 with Dre and Em having his back is as big a visual statement as it is a musical statement" and the shot was significant because it made clear the club was inside the center and not unrelated performance footage.[26] On January 27, 2003, the video debuted on MTV's Total Request Live at number nine and stayed on the chart for fifty days.[27] It also reached number one on the MuchMusic video charts.[28] At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, the video was awarded Best Rap Video and Best New Artist and was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Male Video, and Viewer's Choice.[29]

Lawsuit

In January 2006, 50 Cent was sued for copyright infringement by former 2 Live Crew manager Joseph Weinberger, who owns the rights to the rap group's catalog. He claimed that 50 Cent plagiarized the lines "it's your birthday" from former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell on his 1994 album Still a Freak for Life.[30] The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Paul Huck, who ruled that the phrase was a "common, unoriginal and noncopyrightable element of the song".[31]

Track listing

  1. "In da Club" (clean) – 3:46
  2. "In da Club" (explicit) – 3:45
  3. "Wanksta" – 3:41
  • Australian CD single[33]
  1. "In da Club" – 3:48
  2. "Wanksta" – 3:41
  3. "In da Club" (instrumental) – 6:18
  4. "In da Club" (multimedia track) – 13:53
  5. "Wanksta" (multimedia track)

Personnel

Information taken from the liner notes of Get Rich or Die Tryin'.[34]

Beyoncé version

Beyoncé Knowles released a remix cover version of the song titled "Sexy Lil Thug" that is sung from a girls perspective. The song follows the same instrumentals and melody as the original and cuts in at 3:13. Her version was often merged with the original in the clubs and on radio play.

Charts

Chart (2003)[18][19][35] Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Belgian Singles Chart 2
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 2
Danish Singles Chart 1
Eurochart Hot 100 1
Finnish Singles Chart 5
French Singles Chart 16
German Singles Chart 1
Greek Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1

References

  1. ^ "50 Cent Album Discography and Track Listings | MTV". MTV. Accessed September 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
  3. ^ Touré (April 3, 2003). "The Life of a Hunted Man". Rolling Stone. Accessed July 6, 2007.
  4. ^ Reid, Shaheem (February 12, 2003). "50 Cent: Money to Burn". MTV. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  5. ^ All Eyes on 50 Cent: The Sequel (2005). MTV television special.
  6. ^ Kondo, Toshitaka (September 26, 2007). "50 Cent on the Record". Rhapsody. Accessed June 11, 2009.
  7. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Get Rich or Die Tryin' Review". Allmusic. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  8. ^ Rosario, Robert "Boo" (March 2003). "Record Report". The Source magazine, p. 192.
  9. ^ Dunbar, Joy (June 21, 2007). "Get Rich or Die Tryin' Review". BBC. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  10. ^ Browne, David (February 21, 2003). "Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)". Entertainment Weekly. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  11. ^ Hoard, Christian (March 6, 2003). "Get Rich or Die Tryin' Review". Rolling Stone. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  12. ^ Petridis, Alexis (February 21, 2003). "50 Cent: Get Rich or Die Tryin'". The Guardian. Accessed July 6, 2007.
  13. ^ Chennault, Sam (March 5, 2003). "Get Rich or Die Tryin' Review". Pitchfork Media. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  14. ^ Jackowiak, Jason (March 28, 2003). "Get Rich or Die Tryin' Review". Splendid magazine. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  15. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born". Blender magazine (April 1, 2009). Accessed June 11, 2009.
  16. ^ Winistorfer, Andrew (September 28, 2008). "VH1's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs". Prefix magazine. Accessed September 14, 2009.
  17. ^ Martens, Todd (May 1, 2003). "Sean Paul 'Busy' Ousting 50 Cent Single". Billboard. Accessed July 5, 2003.
  18. ^ a b c "50 Cent - In da Club - Music Charts". aCharts.us. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  19. ^ a b "Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Accessed July 5, 2007.
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  21. ^ Lamy, Jonathan (May 3, 2005). "50 Cent Cashes In". Recording Industry Association of America. Accessed July 10, 2007.
  22. ^ "46th Grammy Awards - 2004". Rock on the Net. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2003 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Accessed July 5, 2003.
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  26. ^ a b c d Moss, Corey (August 18, 2003). "50 Cent, Eminem, Dr. Dre Face Suge Knight at 'Da Club': VMA Lens Recap". MTV. Accessed July 5, 2007.
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  28. ^ "50 Cents' new album, Curtis, takes Hip-Hop to the bank". Universal Urban. Accessed June 11, 2009.
  29. ^ "2003 MTV Video Music Awards". Rock on the Net. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  30. ^ Associated Press (January 21, 2006). "50 Cent Sued For Copycatting". CBS News. Accessed July 5, 2007.
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  33. ^ "Discography - 50 Cent". Billboard. Accessed June 27, 2009.
  34. ^ Album notes for Get Rich or Die Tryin' by 50 Cent (2003) [CD liner]. Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records.
  35. ^ "50 Cent In da Club @ Top40-Charts.com". Top40-Charts.com. Accessed July 5, 2007.

External links

Preceded by
"Miss You" by Aaliyah
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks number-one single
February 15, 2003 – April 12, 2003
Succeeded by
"Excuse Me Miss" by Jay-Z
Preceded by
"All I Have" by Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 8, 2003 – May 3, 2003
Succeeded by
"Get Busy" by Sean Paul
Preceded by
"How You Remind Me" by Nickelback
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single of the year
2003
Succeeded by
"Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris







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