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Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s: #1 50 Cent “In da Club”

Posted by Nathan S. on 12/22/09 | Filed under Top Stories, Features, 50 Cent, Best of the 2000s
Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s
With the number 3 pick of our "Top 25 of the 2000s" countdown, and are proud to select...50 Cent's "In da Club"!

I've got no doubt that there will be more than couple of people who see 50 sitting at the number one slot and get angrier than Tiger Woods' wife at 2 a.m., and such controversy would be nothing new for Curtis Jackson. We'll address that later. More importantly, before "In da Club" there was no 50 Cent/50/Fiddy/Curtis Jackson. So although the fact that "In da Club" ran the number one spot on the charts for nine weeks and was nominated for two Grammys (ironically losing to "Lose Yourself"), chart performance isn't the real reason this song is number one. No, the real reason is deeper than that.

During the selection of "Through the Wire" as our number three pick I raised the idea of the What If principle (what if this song hadn't been made?) and said that "Through the Wire" was one of the biggest What Ifs in hip-hop history. Well, you're looking at perhaps the number one What If right now. If "In da Club" is never released, or flops, we're probably not talking about 50 right now. Instead the success of the single set of a chain reactions events that lead to 50 becoming of the most marketable rappers alive, hip-hop's biggest instigator and a man who made and destroyed more careers over the last decade than any other rapper alive (Ja Rule nods head in agreement). "In da Club" was catchy enough to reach the mainstream and hard enough to keep the respect of the streets, a formula 50 rode all the way to becoming one of the most powerful men in hip-hop. In other words, "In da Club" was the foundation he built his empire on.

When viewed in terms of the entire decade, I defy you to name a song that mattered more, that changed the landscape of the hip-hop game more, than "In da Club". Actually, I'm sure there are no shortage of folks out there who will do just that and name their own number one song. They'll rail again 50 having the top spot, fume and seethe at the selection, and frankly, I don't think he'd have it any other way.

For a complete list of the Top 25 picks so far click here.

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