The track was written by the rapper, Dr. Dre and Mike Elizondoand produced by Dr.
Dre with co-production credit from Elizondo. The song was released in January as the album's lead single and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hotbecoming 50 Cent's first number-one single on that chart.
Inthe song was listed at number 24 in Billboard ' s Hot Songs of the Decade. It is considered to be one of 50 Cent's best songs, if not his best song, by many fans and is one of his many well known and recognizable songs, in hip hop and even music in general.
After 50 Cent was discovered by rapper Eminem inhe flew to Los Angeles where he was introduced to record producer Dr.
Dre, he'll play dope beats So pick one of these and make a couple of singles or something. Then he expanded it into a hit record. The production was originally given to the hip hop group D12but was passed on to 50 Cent because the group did not know how to approach the song. Since much of the content on Get Rich or Die Tryin ' was "dark", he wanted to write material that was "the exact opposite".
He called the song a "celebration of life.
Every day it's relevant all over 'cause every day is someone's birthday. AllMusic described it as "a tailor-made mass-market good-time single".
Rolling Stone wrote that the song sports "a spare yet irresistible synth hook augmented by a tongue-twisting refrain". Jimmy Iovine thought it should be the one that Dr.
Dre produced, ' If I Can't '. But Em wanted 'In Da Club'. In the end they were deadlocked, so they asked me and I told them, real quiet, 'In Da Club'. It peaked at 1 for 9 weeks on the Billboard Hot and remained on the chart for 30 weeks.
Philip Atwell directed the music video on December 10—11, It begins with a black Hummer driving to the facility at an unknown location. Video clips from Eminem 's single " Without Me " are seen playing in the entrance on flat screen TVs. Dre looking down at the lab from a lab balcony with windows.
Atwell commented, "I think I could have done better with it, but I really liked the way that it turned out". He said, "creatively, I felt like we were able to put guns in a video and have it play. And I like it when you are able to play within the standards and still give the artist something symbolic of what they are going for.
The video ends with the camera zooming out of the club to reveal a two-way mirror with Eminem and Dr. Dre in white lab uniforms, observing 50 Cent and taking notes. Atwell stated that "seeing 50 with Dre and Em having his back is as big a visual statement as it is a musical statement" and the shot was significant because it made clear the club was inside the center and not unrelated performance footage.
In January50 Cent was sued for copyright infringement by former 2 Live Crew manager Joseph Weinberger, who owns the rights to the rap group's catalog.
He claimed that 50 Cent plagiarized the lines "it's your birthday" from the eponymous second track of former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell 's album Freak for Life also known simply as Freak for Life.
District Judge Paul Huckwho ruled that the phrase was a "common, unoriginal and noncopyrightable element of the song". DiddyLil Wayne and many others who rapped their own verses over the song's instrumentals.
Her version sampled the original's instrumental and melody with the singer singing her own, newly added verses. Information taken from the liner notes of Get Rich or Die Tryin '.