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J. Cole Declares Get Rich or Die Tryin’ ‘Best Album of All Time’ 

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50 Cent is currently on his Final Lap worldwide tour, which is his last major tour before he officially retires from music. On Wednesday, the New York rapper took the stage for the first of two sold-out nights at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, delivering an electrifying performance.

The G-Unit leader treated the hometown crowd to a medley of his iconic hits, featuring tracks like “Window Shopper” and “In Da Club.” As the concert progressed, 50 Cent surprised the audience by welcoming J. Cole on stage, who performed “No Role Modelz.”

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After his performance, J. Cole took a moment to pay homage to 50 Cent, praising him as “one of the greatest n**gas to ever do this sh*t, 50-motherf***ing Cent Curtis Jackson.” Cole didn’t stop there, boldly asserting that 50 Cent’s seminal debut album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” stands as “the best album of all time.”

Unflinching in his stance, Cole emphasized, “I don’t give a f*ck what you talking about n**a. It’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin” at number one, and it’s ‘Thriller’ at number two, and I love Michael Jackson, but I promise y’all that.”

“50 cent we love you,” he added.

Cole’s comments were met with mixed reactions with many suggesting the Dreamville founder was capping. 

Interestingly, 50 Cent disclosed that he had once passed up the opportunity to sign J. Cole, believing the world wasn’t quite “ready” for a rapper of his style. In a 2022 appearance on The Breakfast Club, 50 Cent explained, “To me, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar… These artists existed early on when I fell in love with Hip Hop, but it was Talib Kweli, it was Mos Def, it was A Tribe Called Quest, it was Common Sense.”

Released in 2003, 50 Cent’s “Get Rich Or Die Tryin'” remains a commercial triumph and a defining piece of his legacy. Tracks like “In Da Club” and “21 Questions” helped the album move a massive 872,000 copies in its first week. 

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In addition to J. Cole, 50 Cent also brought on stage Jadakiss, Flo Rida, DaBaby, Moneybagg Yo, Yung Bleu, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and more. 

Checkout some fan captured footages below. 

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