27. GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’ (2003)
Artist: 50 Cent
Production: Dr. Dre, Eminem, Sha Money XL
Acclaim: Gangster threats are candied with radio-made hooks and pseudo-Southern drawls, comprising a street album suitable for all coasts—and everywhere between.
Peak moment: Fiddy’s miracle nine-shot survival story is candidly waxed on “Many Men (Wish Death),” a sincere yet unflinching open letter to an underworld boss and his murdered hitman.