Wanksta (3:39)

Cover of Diary Of a Soldier

From Diary Of a Soldier and 1 other release

“Wanksta” is the second single from the 8 Mile soundtrack. Released in 2002, the single, performed by 50 Cent, reached No. 13, becoming 50 Cent’s first Top 20 single and his commercial debut single. It was first used on the mixtape No Mercy, No Fear. The song was his first single to chart after signing up with Eminem’s & Dr. Dre’s labels, Shady/Aftermath, as well as his first single since 1999’s Thug Love. Originally appearing on his 2002 mixtape No Mercy, No Fear, it received a lot of airplay, and was eventually added to the 8 Mile soundtrack. It was a bonus track (track 17) on his 2003 commercial debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ Eminem also made a remix aimed at Ja Rule and tweeked the beat to sound high pitched.

The song’s lyrics are believed to speak against long time nemesis Ja Rule, but 50 Cent disputed this himself in a MuchMusic interview, stating that the song was not directed against Ja Rule, “But Ja Rule is a wanksta”.

The instrumental for the song was used for “Crackin”, a song by The Psychopathic Rydas. It was also used for “The Real Wanksta” by Black Child, who is signed to The Inc. and was beefing with 50 because he was affiliated with Ja Rule.

R&B girl group Blaque recorded an answer song entitled “No Ganksta” in 2003.

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