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"Wanksta"
Single by 50 Cent
from the album Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Released February 17, 2003
Format 12"
Recorded 2002
Genre East Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 3:44
Label Aftermath, Interscope, Shady, G-Unit Records
Writer(s) Curtis Jackson
Producer John "J-Praize" Freeman (mixed by Dr. Dre)
Certification Gold (RIAA)
50 Cent singles chronology
"Thug Love"
(1999)
"Wanksta"
(2002)
"In da Club"
(2003)
Get Rich or Die Tryin' track listing
"Gotta Make It To Heaven"
(16)
"Wanksta"
(17)
"U Not Like Me"
(18)
8 Mile Soundtrack track listing
"U Wanna Be Me"
(10)
"Wanksta"
(11)
"Wasting My Time"
(12)

"Wanksta" is the second single from the 8 Mile soundtrack. Released in 2002, the single, performed by 50 Cent, reached No. 13. It was first used on the mixtape No Mercy, No Fear.

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Background

The song was his first single to chart after signing up with Eminem's & Dr. Dre's labels, Shady/Aftermath, as well as his first single since 1999's Thug Love. Originally appearing on his 2002 mixtape No Mercy, No Fear, it received a lot of airplay, and was eventually added to the 8 Mile soundtrack. It was a bonus track (track 17) on his 2003 commercial debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' Eminem also made a remix aimed at Ja Rule and tweeked the beat to sound high pitched.

The song's lyrics are believed to speak against long time nemesis Ja Rule, but 50 Cent disputed this himself in a MuchMusic interview, stating that the song was not directed against Ja Rule, "But Ja Rule is a wanksta".[1]

The instrumental for the song was used for "Crackin", a song by The Psychopathic Rydas. It was also used for "The Real Wanksta" by Black Child, who is signed to The Inc. and was beefing with 50 because he was affiliated with Ja Rule.

R&B girl group Blaque recorded an answer song entitled "No Ganksta" in 2003.

Etymology

The title is generally accepted as a portmanteau word meaning "self-obsessed, show-off person". The precise origin is debated, although most theories suggest a blend of "gangsta" and "wannabe".[2]

50 Cent has explicitly stated that the word is not related to wanker [3]:

JA: And another claim to fame: you introduced the word 'wanksta' into the language with your track 'Wanksta'. That word sort of means something in England — does it mean the same in America?

50: Nah, nah! 'Wanksta's like... we use that terminology to mean a fake gangster. When people told me about the word 'wanker'...

In Popular Culture

Stewie Griffin from Family Guy appeared in a short clip at the 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards insulting 50 Cent, which has become a viral video circulating on numerous online services. Stewie, with blocks spelling out "MTV", Rupert and a baby toy in the background, reads some words from this song in a comical voice, then commenting: "Well, good luck finding the subject and predicate of that run-on sentence! And what the bloody hell does it mean, "we don't go nowhere without toast"? Now, you listen to me, Mr. Cent. If you want to make it in this business, lay off the doobie!". He then pulls out a hitherto concealed sign reading "Stewie for Governor".

Chart positions

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 13
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 3

References

  1. ^ Unknown author. (February 11, 2003) "Fifty Cent: Ja Rule is a Wanksta". MuchMusic. Accessed August 1, 2007.
  2. ^ Multiple Authors. "Urban Dictionary: Wankster". Accessed July 11, 2008
  3. ^ Jake Arnott. (October 19, 2003) "Jake Arnott and 50 Cent". The Guardian Observer. Accessed July 11, 2008

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