50 Cent
Get Rich or Die Tryin'


1.0
awful

Review

by sinnersparadice USER (14 Reviews)
January 12th, 2009 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


In an era of hip hop with homophobia on the rise, isn't it ironic that the hardest hardcore gangstas put out albums with covers in which they expose their naked, muscular chests? Get Rich or Die Tryin' thus has one of the cheesiest album covers since the last Master P "joint". The same goes for 50 Cent's follow-up, The Massacre. These album covers imply unintentional comedy masterpieces, but Curtis Jackson is entirely incapable of doing even that.

It is truly disappointing that the same era that produced a strong uprise of alternative hip hop would also produce some of the most negative performers in gangsta rap since the genre's conception. Gaining fame on the basis of fabricated claims that he was shot in the face nine times, Jackson played on America's lust for violence and fear of powerful black men. Unfortunately, when you get down to listening to the thing, it doesn't work. Jackson is boring. His delivery is bland, his backing unmenacing, and his lyrics way over the top.

The first song has the kind of repetitive chants that could ruin the effect of good backing tracks - if they were there, but the ineffective beats fail to leave any impression. The most memorable beats occur in Dr. Dre-backed singles like "In Da Club", but Curtis' poor performance ruins any hint of greatness. Even Eminem seems to be bored in his guest spots, like Snoop Dogg guesting on a Limp Bizkit album.

There is not one level in which Curtis succeeds. On lyrical, musical and promotional levels, he is one of hip hop's worst. And he has continued his artistic downfall from here, both as a solo rapper and as a member of G-Unit, whose members almost make Curtis sound good in their respective appearances.

Good rappers have good backing and menacing delivery. Jackson has neither. From non-rhymes like "They say I walk around like I got an 'S' on my chest / Naw, that's a semi-auto, and a vest on my chest", profane mumbling ("I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love"), and ineffective boasting.

There are many clever hardcore rappers out in the field. Just look at the GZA, who frequently criticizes 50 Cent in his performances. Without a good level of lyrical ingenuity, rappers like 50 Cent end up leaving extremely poor impressions. Curtis Jackson has nothing to say, nor does he have an original delivery to keep things interesting. This is precisely the kind of album that is bad for the state of hip hop. Overall, not recommended.



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AtavanHalen
January 12th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, sorry, bro; didn't enjoy this review much. You hardly elaborated on anything.

R6Rider
January 12th 2009


4715 Comments


yeah but it was worded with such authority

Digging: Thou - The Sacrifice

Waior
January 12th 2009


11461 Comments


This album has 19 songs? Good god, that must be an atrocious listen.

I wouldn't mind a little more sourcing in your review, but your first paragraph is fun.

Rugter32
January 12th 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol, 50 Cent

that first paragraph sums it all up perfectly.

fireaboveicebelow
January 12th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

intro is funny and true, but a 1/5 is a bit much imo

gaslightanthem
January 12th 2009


5209 Comments


idk this album is really really bad

fireaboveicebelow
January 12th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah I know but patiently waiting is cool...well shit thats it really

Hawks
January 12th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I used to worship this album back when it first came out. Still pretty good now.

withintention
January 12th 2009


297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this album is epic lulz

AggravatedYeti
January 12th 2009


7685 Comments


Nice sound off -- Expand on this
include his shitty lines, elaborate on why the beats and production are boring. You seem to know enough about 50, and have formulated an opinion on why he sucks -- now convince me he sucks musically.


kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 12th 2009


4951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i cant see this as less than a 2.5, not sure though, haven't heard it in a while.

Psyclone
January 12th 2009


432 Comments


review could have definitely used more elaboration, but what's there is pretty well written.

Shadowskos
January 12th 2009


352 Comments


decent review even though it was a bit vague, try to put in more detail for your next review.

st4ytrue
January 12th 2009


279 Comments


This was too condescending, it seems like before you even listened to this your rating was decided because I don't see how lack of menacing delivery and good beats makes this album a 1/5. Elaborate more.

Waior
January 12th 2009


11461 Comments


And whoa nelly, those are some menacing pectorals.

JizzInMyPants
January 13th 2009


2377 Comments


i dunno how can n e 1 not like high all the time and life on the line


3/5This Message Edited On 01.12.09

psilocybin
January 13th 2009


74 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

-Wack lyrics, true, but poor delivery? Not really. He has a pretty liquid flow.

-Production is far better than 1 material as well.

-You talked more about homoerotic album covers than specifically what was bad.

tinathefatlard
January 13th 2009


1603 Comments


Did "fitty" lift you out of the chair before you could finish this?

badtaste
January 13th 2009


824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Paragraph 1: Bare, jacked chest = masculinity (traditional).

Paragraph 2: Pretty sure that 50 Cent actually was shot up.

Everything else: you hardly go into the album at all.This Message Edited On 01.13.09

Jim
January 13th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hey i remember this album
had a couple of kewl songs



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