50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
It isn’t any wonder that on “Patiently Waiting,” from 50 Cent’s rich new CD, the rapper from Queens calls Eminem “my favorite white boy.” The cut is one of two tracks that feature Eminem, who signed 50 Cent to his Shady Records and tapped him for three songs on last fall’s 8 Mile soundtrack (including “Wanksta,” which is also on Die Tryin’). 50, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, also gets stellar support from Dr. Dre, who produced this disc’s bumpin’ first single, the hit party anthem “In Da Club,” and three other gangsta grooves. Gritty delivery brings a rough-and-tumble realism to the hard-core beats, proving that 50 Cent is much more than chump change.
BOTTOM LINE: Fabulous Fifty