Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
8/13/2003 6:01:21 AM
Tags and topics realted to this article include Eminem, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre.
"Shady Aftermath nigga, G-Unit, rap juggernauts of this @#%$, we takin' over" - 50 Cent, "Don't Push Me," Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
"Take some Big and some Pac and you mix em' up in a pot/ Sprinkle a little Big L on top, what the @#%$ do you got?/ You got the realest and illest killas tied up in a knot/ The juggernauts of this rap @#%$, like it or not" - Eminem, "Patiently Waiting," Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Most great music, they say, is God inspired. Add to that adage, the recording industry's marketing machine, hype, and hip-hop's stamp of approval in the form of street credibility, and a rapper like 50 Cent (née Curtis Jackson), becomes what appears to be an overnight success. But of course, like any other mythical American dream sequence brought to life, there's more to this story.
Consider this parallel. When John Coltrane recorded "The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" for his 1965 offering Meditations, he and Pharaoh Sanders communicated to one another through their intense tenors influencing one another's performance. After 'Trane's death, Albert Ayler claimed that with this movement 'Trane was expressing his discovery of a holy family in which 'Trane was the father, Sanders the son, and Ayler the Holy Ghost. All three musicians, no doubt, impacted each other's composition and improvisational styles, moving beyond the structures of bop toward free jazz. If we believe in the scriptures, then the Holy Ghost or spirit of God is to inspire the new prophets as he inspired the prophets of the old law. Ayler would then have influenced both 'Trane and Sanders, which seems highly likely at this juncture in jazz's history. In following this train of thought, envision 50 Cent as hip-hop's holy ghost, both inspiring his mentors and provoking rappers, both old and new school, to step up their game.
That hip-hop would come to have its own holy trinity was inevitable. In Eminem (née Marshall Mathers), Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, found what most music critics deem as hip-hop's great white hope, and together, in 50 Cent, they found the next Biggie and Tupac rolled into one. Their Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit stronghold in the music industry positions them as a certified holy trinity, with Dre as the father, Eminem as the son, and 50 as the Holy Ghost. Only four days after its official release Get Rich Or Die Tryin', 50's major label debut, sold 872,000 copies. In its second and first full week, the CD sold another 822,000 copies. As of July, 5.3 million copies of Get Rich Or Die Tryin' were sold, with the album cushioning at #7 on Billboard's 200 and #10 on its R&B/hip-hop chart respectively. The single, "In Da Club", received the most radio spins of any single, and became a remake magnet with Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bubba Sparxx, and many others turning out their own versions of the song.
No other black hip-hop artist had ever turned such tricks for the music industry before -- that is sold anywhere near 1 million copies their first week of sales as a debut artist -- and the only one who even came close was Snoop Doggy Dogg with his 1993 debut Doggystyle that was produced by Dr. Dre. Interestingly enough, Dr. Dre's protégé, Eminem, has been the greatest selling rapper of all time dominating with The Eminem Show and The Marshall Mathers LP. Both sold over 1 million units within their first week of being released. Rap juggernauts indeed, though many would neither find them holy or godly.
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