Curtis “50 Cent” Jacksons’ seminal 2003 smash “In Da Club” has officially reached RIAA Diamond status! It marks his very first Diamond certification. Thus far, the song has amassed over 1.2 billion Spotify streams and 1.8 billion YouTube views on the music video. It impressively averages 42 million-plus streams per week worldwide. Produced by Dr. Dre and Mike Elizondo, it notably concluded 2003 as the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart.
“In Da Club” adorned his blockbuster 9x-platinum full-length debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. The GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winning Queens, NY rapper, entrepreneur, actor, and producer delivered a modern classic on his first try. It arrived on February 6, 2003, and it immediately bowed at #1 on the Billboard 200. It capped off 2003 as “the best-selling album of the year” and saw him score a total of five GRAMMY® Award nominations, including “Best New Artist,” “Best Rap Album,” “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” for “Magic Stick” [with Lil’ Kim], and “Best Male Rap Solo Performance” and “Best Rap Song” for “In Da Club.”
Speaking to its enduring influence, Rolling Stone named it one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” while The Ringer hailed it as a “classic” in a detailed deep dive retrospective. Recalling the stratospheric #1 success of “In Da Club,” Stereogum proclaimed, “He was New York to the bone, but his music, thanks to a rare and impossible-to-replicate combination of factors, transcended the regionalism that’s always been a key part of rap’s power.”
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