50 Cent
The Massacre


1.5
very poor

Review

by Brain Dead USER (30 Reviews)
June 21st, 2006 | 60 replies | 16,124 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


9 of 12 thought this review was well written

You know, it's pretty hard to be a successful musician in today’s world. The vast majority of artists are either unsigned or laboring in relative anonymity. It seems like rappers have it easy. They don't have to learn an instrument or collaborate with a band. All they have to do is, well, talk. Despite that, these rappers get paid more than most any band you've heard of. Is that really fair? Well, it certainly is in some cases. Despite what it may look like to the uneducated metalhead, there are certain aspects of rapping that require some skill. You have to be able to come up with original rhymes, talk at an even pace for quite a while, and not stumble or stutter over your words. After that, you just have to get noticed by a good producer, and you’re on your way. With all of the skilled rappers out there struggling, it makes you wonder why 50 Cent is signed.

50 Cent seems to have found the express route to success, one that requires little skill. He was noticed in the New York hoods by Eminem, and soon he was signed to Eminem's label. Eminem tutored him and refined his "skills," and got the legendary producer Dr. Dre to produce his albums. He released Get Rich Or Die Tryin' in 2003, and the album was a smash hit. How could it not be? With 50's chiseled physique on the cover, every girl in America was buying his album, pushing it to platinum status. Despite all of its negatives, Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was a moderately good album. The beats were top notch, and 50 did just enough to make his listeners at least respect him. It was enough, and 50 had got his taste of success. He rushed back into the studio, and two years later churned out his sophomore effort, The Massacre.

50 lived most of his life as a hustler in the New York ghettos. He probably lived under very harsh conditions, and everything he had worked for could vanish with a snap of the fingers. It is understandable then that he would do anything necessary to make cash. This album does exactly what 50 desired. However, he sold his soul to make that cash. This is the very definition of a pop-rap album. While Get Rich Or Die Tryin' at least showed signs of a gangsta rap album, all of those traces have vanished on The Massacre. On this album, 50 abandoned the urgency of Get Rich Or Die Tryin', and ended up making a plethora of slow and meaningless songs. The beats on this album are very slow and relaxed, unlike his tense, hard hitting earlier efforts. In this case, its a direct turn for the worse. The songs end up being boring to listen to. 50 Cent tries to maintain some pretense of toughness despite this. On the slowest song on the album, Ryder Music, 50 states: "This is what you call ryder music, all of the gangstas are ridin to it." It just sounds so fake, a sound that will abound on this album.

Lyrically, this album lacks any trace of originality. 50 Cent actually thinks that he is "the chosen one," because he got shot nine times and survived. I think he needs to come to his senses. He got lucky, that does not make him some divine, rapping vessel of god. God Gave Me Style is the most self centered, ignorant, arrogant spew of words I have ever heard. When he's not pondering his mission as the next messiah, he's either crooning over women, popping caps, or whining about how everybody hates him. He does this for the entire one hour and fifteen minute running time of this album, and it is incredibly boring and repetitive.

Bragging has become something of a necessity in modern rap albums. All rappers need to give themselves a pat on the back occasionally, it's the socially acceptable thing to do. 50 Cent pounds himself so hard on the back that he breaks his spine. Whether it's bragging about his skill with women on Get In My Car with lines such as "I got no pickup lines, I stay on the grind, I tell the hoes all the time, bitch get in my car," or bragging about his riches in Position of Power with lines like "I told niggas not to shoot dice with me, look at this stack, I got money, I got money," rarely a moment goes by without 50 Cent complimenting himself. While that would be okay if he had some skill, it sounds just laughable when juxtaposed with rhymes such as "Can you feel it, Em said for me to make ya feel it." While his straight up rhymes are bad, his metaphors are even worse. One example of this comes from Ski Mask Way, where 50 states: “This town is one big pussy, waiting to get fucked." Not exactly the most poetic thing you’ve heard, is it? If 50 Cent could adopt a bit of modesty, it would be a lot easier to take him seriously.

With 50 Cent spitting all sorts of lame rhymes throughout the album, it would help if he had a good flow. On Get Rich Or Die Tryin, 50 showed that he didn’t have a top-notch flow, but it was at least adequate. On this album, it sounds almost like a different man rapping. On Outta Control, when 50 rhymes “Nigga, you in my hood, I thought you understood," he has to stretch “understood" for a long time to meet the necessary amount of beats for the rhymes. It sounds incredibly awkward. It gets worse. The hook for Piggy Bank is “clickety-clank, clickety-clank, the money goes into my piggy bank." While a laughable rhyme already, 50 Cent just messes it up worse with his flow. No joke, he sounds like a retarded kid when he says this rhyme. He puts way too much emphasis on the k’s, and for some reason pronounces it like a robot, starting words abruptly and taking awkward breaks in between words. On the rest of the album, 50 takes many sudden breaks between words and long pauses during rhymes to meet the beat requirements. It is painful to listen to throughout the hour plus running time.

The individual songs on this album aren’t much better. A common problem for hip hop albums is that most of the songs blend together, with similar beats and interchangeable lyrics. That is something that shows up on this album in force. It is tough to remember one distinctive song on this album besides the numerous singles. Dre’s beats, although quality, are much too similar, to the point that they sound the same. It’s tough to determine exactly when Baltimore Love Thing ends and Ryder Music starts. The rhymes are often so similar that you could play them back over the beat to a different song, and it wouldn’t sound unusual. That is a sign that 50’s lyrics and Dre’s beats are way to similar. There are a few songs that manage to make a mark, though.

With 50 wandering aimlessly around, there is only one man who can focus him and give him some semblance of direction. It's his mentor and friend, Eminem. Em decided to throw 50 Cent a bone, making a guest appearance on GATman and Robbin. It is the best song on the album by a long shot. 50‘s rhymes and flow are sub par throughout the album, and it's great to hear Eminem come in, with seamless flow and interesting rhymes. A palm-muted guitar is used for the beat, and it is tense and foreboding. The hook is a bit lame, but Eminem's verse and the beat lift this song above the sea of mediocrity that is The Massacre.

The singles for this album are, quite frankly, embarrassing. Three singles were spawned from this album, with sort of a fourth with the remix of Hate It Or Love It. Just a note: the Outta Control on this album is not the same Outta Control that was released as a single with Mobb Deep. I don’t really feel the need to mention the singles individually, because they all pretty much are the same. Not a trace of originality is shown on any of the singles, all of them are about 50 Cent having sex. The beats are typical for pop-rap, and I got to admit that they are catchy. But that is all the songs have to offer. They are meant for club play, and nothing else.

So overall, what does this album bring to the table? It does boast some catchy beats, and a very few good songs. But all of that is buried under a mess of arrogance, mainstream conformance, and unmemorable tracks. 50 Cent shows very little of his rapping skills on this album, it is mostly carried by Dr. Dre’s beats. This is an album that you should not buy, even if you are a fan of mainstream rap. You will be disappointed. A terrible album.

Recommended
GATman and Robbin
Outta Control
My Toy Soldier



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Zebra
Moderator
June 21st 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album, In My Hood is my favorite 'fiddy song. I enjoy 50 Cents rebellious tone and when he rhymes ridiculous words it just sounds so funny. If the album was a bit shorter it would probably salvage a 4.5 out of 5.
This was a good review and you defended your final verdict with some valid points. [quote=review]Lyrically, this album lacks any trace of originality. 50 Cent actually thinks that he is "the chosen one," because he got shot nine times and survived. I think he needs to come to his senses. He got lucky, that does not make him some divine, rapping vessel of god. God Gave Me Style is the most self centered, ignorant, arrogant spew of words I have ever heard. When he's not pondering his mission as the next messiah, he's either crooning over women, popping caps, or whining about how everybody hates him. He does this for the entire one hour and fifteen minute running time of this album, and it is incredibly boring and repetitive.[/quote] Isn't this the case with most mainstream rap albums?

2muchket!
June 21st 2006



900 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^ Yeah it is, but still thats no excuse its still deriative This Message Edited On 06.21.06

Brain Dead
June 21st 2006



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

To Zebra: Yes, it is the case with most mainstream hip-hop albums. But 50 Cent really takes it to the extreme. I seriously doubt few, if any other rappers seriously believe that they are a vessel of god. And I hate to say it, but: most mainstream rap albums are crappy. Sure there are a few good ones, but for the most part they are built around two or three killer songs, and the rest are essentially filler.

Zebra
Moderator
June 21st 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i agree with you to a certain extent. I get what you're saying about most hip-hop albums focusing on a few solid tracks but mainstream rappers such as Eminiem, DMX, and Snoop Dogg are able to put out decent albums with less filler then you would expect. Personally I just like the way that 50 Cents raps, so bad ass and gangsta. This Message Edited On 06.21.06

Brain Dead
June 21st 2006



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well, there are certainly some mainstream rappers who put out quality albums. But once you look past them, you see the likes of Young Joc, Juvenile, Lil' Wayne, Mike Jones, Fat Joe, Nelly, Nitty, Petey Pablo, and many, many more rappers who sell thier albums based on one single.

Laafe
June 21st 2006



347 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^^here, here

Zebra
Moderator
June 21st 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Brain Dead]Well, there are certainly some mainstream rappers who put out quality albums. But once you look past them, you see the likes of Young Joc, Juvenile, Lil' Wayne, Mike Jones, Fat Joe, Nelly, Nitty, Petey Pablo, and many, many more rappers who sell thier albums based on one single.[/quote] That's obviously true but I think that 50 Cents rapping is much more gangsta and thuggish. All of those rappers that you mentioned can't even touch 'fiddy when it comes to rapping.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2006



15727 Comments


Is it just me, or does Lil Wayne have no concept of the beat at all? Or rhyme? Or talent?

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

The Jungler
June 21st 2006



4827 Comments


To MO: Yeah, but he uttered the words Shhh, the firemans coming.
As for Fifty the first album was good, but this is bad (from what I have heard). In my Hood is good, the beats and hook are great, but Cent's voice bothers me to no end.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
June 22nd 2006



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not as good as Get Rich Or Die Tryin', but better than you say it is.

Zebra
Moderator
June 23rd 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Liberi]Not as good as Get Rich Or Die Tryin', but better than you say it is.[/quote] Now that's just crazy talk. In My Hood, A Baltimore Love Thing, and Just A Lil Bit are more enjoyable then anything off of Get Rich.... I still think that this album has such a great "flow" while Get Rich.. got a bit boring after multiple listens.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This isn't as good as Get Rich, simply because it doesn't have the standouts that album had. I'd actually say this albums more consistent, but the previous quality tracks (Patiently Waiting, Many Men, 21 Questions) are much better than anything on here, at least personally.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
June 23rd 2006



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This isn't as good as Get Rich, simply because it doesn't have the standouts that album had. I'd actually say this albums more consistent, but the previous quality tracks (Patiently Waiting, Many Men, 21 Questions) are much better than anything on here, at least personally.

Yeah, 123 pretty much.

Plus I just loved the production of Get Rich or Die Tryin' whilst this, I can appreciate, but just doesn't quite feel as good as it could have been. To me at least.

Foreskin Fondler
June 24th 2006



279 Comments


With all of the skilled rappers out there struggling, it makes you wonder why 50 Cent is signed.

probably because he brings that gangster image thats so popular with todays youth.


Foreskin Fondler
June 26th 2006



279 Comments


50 Cent actually thinks that he is "the chosen one," because he got shot nine times and survived.
Great!!! now we've got another tupac on our hands. Pretty soon he'll be claiming he's some sort of thug angel and talking about how smart he is simply because he's read a book.

.........forgive me if I sounded like an arseholeThis Message Edited On 06.26.06

Phaedra
June 26th 2006



13 Comments


50 Cent actually thinks that he is "the chosen one," because he got shot nine times and survived.

Woh woh, wording please.

50 Cent did not get shot nine times. Shot at nine times. Three hit.

I do anger at the way some misinterpret Fiddy's lyrics. He does brag, no doubt about it. But people tend to misinterpret what he brags about. Many also misinterpret what lines are more the producers input than Fiddys. With the high production value of this album, you have to take a close look at what is 50 Cent and what is the producers.

Foreskin Fondler
June 26th 2006



279 Comments


With the high production value of this album, you have to take a close look at what is 50 Cent and what is the producers.

you speak the truth.

Foreskin Fondler
September 2nd 2006



279 Comments


^u betta check yoself before u wreck yoself.



hoe!

Mister Mop
September 2nd 2006



266 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

amen gangsta

The Jungler
September 2nd 2006



4827 Comments


50 doesn't have the greatest flow, but Window Shopper has a pretty incredible hook



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