50 Cent exploded onto the scene with his 2003 debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’,” which included the multi-platinum single “In Da Club.” Produced by Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo and DJ Quik, the song debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January of that year.
The accompanying music video, which co-starred Dre and Eminem, won Best Rap Video and Best New Artist at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Now, the visual has just crossed a major YouTube milestone, surpassing one billion views since its release. In 2020 alone, the video has averaged over 400,000 views per day.
.@50cent‘s “In Da Club” has now surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube.
— chart data (@chartdata) November 16, 2020
According to a press release, “In Da Club” is now only the second rap/Hip Hop music video from the pre-YouTube era to achieve this milestone, following Eminem’s “Without Me”. The song was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song categories at the 2004 Grammy Award ceremony. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album that same year and in 2020 and officially certified 9x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
To celebrate the occasion, “In Da Club” has been fully restored from the original film and is now available in 4K. Revisit the music video below.