Following the success of his breakthrough hit “In da Club” in 2003, New Yorker 50 Cent went on to have a prosperous career in both rap and business.
He was asked what motivated him to begin the track with the famous phrase, “Go shorty, it’s ya birthday,” ahead of the song’s 20th anniversary. The rapper then revealed that they were just the initial lines that came to mind.
This week, 50 Cent said in an interview with Real 92.3, “It’s the first thing that came to mind. like when you picture a nightclub… Yes, even the ladies. You go to the club with the idea of having fun no matter who else is present when you go with your girlfriend on her birthday.
The well-known music video for the song, which is on 50 Cent’s debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, features the rapper partying at a club and performing notorious hanging sit-ups at the gym. Producer of “In da Club,” Dr. Dre, as well as Eminem, who assisted in 50’s discovery, appeared in the video.
Go, Shorty / It’s Your Birthday / We’re Gonna Party Like It’s Your Birthday / We’re Gonna Sip Bacardi Like It’s Your Birthday / And You Know We Don’t Give A F**k It’s Not Your Birthday is the song’s catchy opening line.
The “Many Men” rapper received multiple Grammy nominations in 2004 for his album and popular single, including Best Rap Song, Best Male Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best New Artist.
After some time, 50 Cent was able to take his talent outside of the hip-hop scene. He then collaborated with Vitamin Water, teamed up with Effen Vodka, and established himself as a business magnate. He expanded his résumé even more in 2014 when he co-produced the popular Starz drama “Power.”
Despite having six seasons, the show produced several spinoffs, including “Power Book II: Ghost” and “Power Book III: Raising Kanan.” In addition, Big Meech’s Black Mafia Family is the subject of the crime series “BMF,” which is executive produced by 50 Cent.