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"Wanksta" is a song by American rapper 50 Cent, released on November 5, 2002, as the second single from the soundtrack to the film 8 Mile. The single, produced by Sha Money XL and John "J-Praize" Freeman, reached number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song originally appeared on 50 Cent's mixtape No Mercy, No Fear, released in August 2002.


The title is widely accepted to be a portmanteau of the words "self-obsessed, show-off person." The precise origin is unknown, but most theories suggest a mix of "gangsta" and "wannabe" 50 Cent has stated unequivocally that the term has nothing to do with "wanker".


After signing with Eminem's and Dr. Dre's labels, Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment, 50 Cent's first charting single was "Wanksta" released on his 2002 mixtape No Mercy, No Fear, it received widespread airplay and was later included on the soundtrack to the film 8 Mile. The song's instrumental was used in 2004 for The Psychopathic Rydas' song "Crackin" Eminem made a remix aimed at Ja Rule in 2003, changing the beat to sound higher pitched.