The rapper 50 Cent became notorious in the music industry with an underground hit about robbing big-name stars of their jewelry. Now the New York rapper is the big name, and he's stolen the top spot on the nation's pop chart.
The rapper's major-label debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," is the biggest sales sensation of this young year after selling 872,000 copies in just four days, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the hottest seller since last year's "The Eminem Show" debuted with sales of 1.3 million.
The total was more than for all the other albums in this week's Top 10 combined. The closest competitor was the Dixie Chicks' "Home," which sold 114,000 copies last week.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, gained fame in rap circles in 2000 for "How to Rob," a crime rhyme that mocks celebrity rappers and envisions sticking them up in the street. By specifically naming Jay-Z, Big Pun and others, 50 Cent assured himself street buzz, but he also earned the wrath of many. He has been shot, stabbed and beaten in the months since.