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Earlier today, XXL took a look at 25 collaborations that 50 Cent should consider doing. There were plenty to choose from since, during his celebrated career, he hasn't worked with the widest range of artists. Still the ones that Fif has collaborated with—from mentors like Eminem and Dr. Dre to G-Unit members to R&B and pop stars—have resulted in some memorable outputs. Here are 25 of 50 Cent's most essential collaborations. —XXL Staff

"Love Me" with Eminem & Obie Trice, Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile


Why It's Essential: Included on the soundtrack from Em's hugely successful movie, this joint came out around the same time as "Wanksta," and brought Fif alongside Em and Obie for some of his vintage wild talk, throwing shots at unsuspecting targets from Lil Kim to R. Kelly to Bow Wow.

"Down on Me” with Jeremih, N/A

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Why It's Essential: Jeremih's addictive hook carried the track up the charts, but 50 showed that he still had his Billboard-topping flow on this sexy club smash.

"Outta Control” featuring Mobb Deep, The Massacre

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Why It's Essential: The highlight of Mobb Deep's brief time on the G-Unit roster is this smooth banger which features the three Queens legends going in over Dr. Dre’s pulsing drums and ominous strings.

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"How We Do” with The Game, The Documentary

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Why It's Essential: Another example of Fif and Game's amazing chemistry, this track rocked clubs for months thanks to Dre's infectious beat and the two MCs' air tight flows.

"Stunt 101” with Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, Beg For Mercy

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Why It's Essential: 50, Banks and Buck all got fly on this bouncy ode to stunting which features Brandy in the music video.

"Ayo Technology” featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, Curtis

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Why It's Essential: 50 teamed up with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland for this futuristic sex song, which is one part "Sexy Back" and one part "Candy Shop."

"I Get Money (Forbes 1, 2, 3 Remix)” featuring Jay-Z & Diddy, N/A

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Why It's Essential: It was only right that the Forbes Cash Kings teamed up for the remix of 50's 2007 smash. Puff, Jay and Fif all talked big bucks over a sample of Milk D's classic line.

"Magic Stick” featuring Lil’ Kim N/A

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Why It's Essential: 50 and Kim’s chemistry was undeniable on this radio smash which saw both MCs trading boastful bars about their sexual prowess.

"Monster” with Michael Jackson, Michael

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Why It's Essential: 50 joined the short list of MCs to appear on a track with the late MJ on this 2010 cut from Jackson’s first posthumous release, Michael.

"Hate it or Love it” with The Game, The Documentary

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Why It's Essential: Before their relationship went sour, 50 and his protégé had magical chemistry. Fif laid a hook that became an instant classic and both reflected on intimate childhood memories over a soulful Cool & Dre production.

"Baby By Me” featuring Ne-YoBefore I Self Destruct


Why It's Essential: Fif samples himself and enlists soul hitman Ne-Yo for the hook of this playful 2009 hit.

"Up (Remix)” with LoveRance, N/A

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Why It's Essential: Always down to jump on an underground smash, 50 pulls his West Coast flow out and teaches young LoveRance a lesson about flowing.

"I’ll Still Kill” featuring AkonCurtis

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Why It's Essential: Akon brings the hood all the way out of Fif on this sinister standout from 2007’s Curtis.

"Realest Niggaz (Remix)” featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem, N/A


Why It's Essential: Collaborating with The Notorious B.I.G from beyond the grave, 50 and Em both came correct in the presence of the legend. From the Twin Towers to Milli Vanilli, no topic was out of bounds for the three rabble-rousing MCs.

"P.I.M.P. (Remix)” featuring Snoop Dogg and G-Unit, Get Rich Or Die Trying

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Why It's Essential: Who else but Snoop could 50 call for the remix of his pimping anthem? Bishop Don "Magic" Juan made an appearance in the video and 50 introduced the mainstream to his G-Unit crew.

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"How to Rob” featuring The Madd Rapper, Power of the Dollar

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Why It's Essential: The legend of 50 Cent was born after this hilarious collab with Bad Boy Hit Men producer Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie which saw a young, hungry, 50 robbing the biggest stars in the game.

"Build You Up” featuring Jamie Foxx, The Massacre

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Why It's Essential: 50 and Jamie Foxx spit game over a bouncy tropical beat on this sleeper from 50’s second album, The Massacre.

"Buzzin (Remix)” with Mann, N/A

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Why It's Essential: 50 co-signed Cali upstart Mann on this laid back party track.

"21 Questions” featuring Nate Dogg, Get Rich or Die Trying

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Why It's Essential: 50 linked with hip-hop's greatest hook man for this smash hit off of his 2003 debut.

"Raid” with Pusha T and Pharrell, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray

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Why It's Essential: Fif linked with the Star Trak team for this gully 2011 banger. Those who thought 50 had lost his edge learned better after hearing his sinister verse.

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