50 Cent
Before I Self Destruct


3.0
good

Review

by hydeyomoney USER (73 Reviews)
November 16th, 2009 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What do you know, 50 Cent has released his first good album since Get Rich Or Die Trying, color me surprised.

Unlike most recent rappers, 50 Cent, somehow, managed to release a studio album that actually surpasses the quality of his most recent mixtapes. Whether it was the dull and insipid rapping on War Angel or the ridiculously R&B samples on Forever King, these features managed to disappear on the oddly solid Before I Self-Destruct. Before I Self-Destruct has some terrible songs, but that’s to be expected when it comes to a mainstream rap album, or more relatably, a 50 Cent album. The second half of the album contains every awful single, including the Ne-Yo-driven terror “Baby By Me” or the dull rapping amongst an thematic 300-esqe Dre beat that is “Ok You’re Right”, and it drives the album from its hardcore beginnings to a sappy, superficial ending that is disappointing to say the least.

However, the rest of the album is some of the most consistent material 50 Cent material he’s ever released. The beats are cinematic in how driving and big they are, it’s clear that 50 is learning from his mistakes on Curtis and War Angel, and trained his ear for beats, only catching the fiercest, most piercing instrumentals. Even in its beginning, 50 Cent shows that he’s accommodated to these beats, as his voice and flow is the most inspired it’s been in a long time. Unlike most rap albums, 50 managed to perfect the middle of Before I Self-Destruct to include some of his best songs yet, including the perfected and polished coke raps of “Stretch”, which proves to be one of 50’s funniest songs yet, and “Strong Enough”, a track where 50 takes influences from the former soulful production style of Kanye West, and manages to make it his own. 50’s lyrics throughout aren’t up to par with his newly rejuvenated flow and ear for beats, but his rhymes are certainly inspired, and “Stretch” contains what is easily his funniest and most focused raps of his entire career (“I'm the dopeman! Cokeman! Smoke man! Whatever-man! /The X-man! Tec-man! You better respect man! /Get the green, triple beam, inf' beam, murder scheme /Fiend, morphine, dream, codiene, more lean!”).

Of higher quality than anything he’s released in six years, Before I Self-Destruct proves to be a surprising comeback, with banging instrumentals, inspired flows, and rhymes that sound like some actual effort was put into them. Although most of the second half of the album is as sappy as any club hit 50 has released, the rest of the album is mainstream rap perfection.



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AtavanHalen
November 17th 2009


17920 Comments


Hey, good review, man; I might actually check this out now.

hydeyomoney
November 17th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A lot of it is much better than what you would expect. That second half though, tsk tsk tsk.



good album though, and thank you.

Wizard
November 17th 2009


20351 Comments


Commenting in a rap review!!!

Nice concise review dude. I loathe this motherfucker.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
November 17th 2009


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ya it's decent. probably the right rating.

hydeyomoney
November 17th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it definitely is.

Lions
November 17th 2009


1015 Comments


that album art is hilarious. half 50 cent, half kronos the titan.

Gyromania
November 17th 2009


32547 Comments


Worst album art ever?

Kiran
Emeritus
November 17th 2009


6119 Comments


it's better than him oiled up and shirtless

Fugue
November 17th 2009


7371 Comments


However, the rest of the album is some of the most consistent material 50 Cent material he’s ever released.


get rid of either of the 'materials'

Other than that this is a good review. Can't really say I'm much of a rap fan but I remember getting this guy's first album aages ago.

ninjacat11
November 17th 2009


233 Comments


It seems to me like 50 Cent is rapidly becoming a self-parody,

qwe3
November 17th 2009


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

did you listen to the album yet?

Metalstyles
Emeritus
November 17th 2009


8574 Comments


good, honest review and I'm actually glad that 50 is bouncing back and isn't terrible anymore.

alachlahol
November 17th 2009


7593 Comments


Worst album art ever?

this artwork is actually pretty badass, it's an rpg version of 50

Metalstyles
Emeritus
November 17th 2009


8574 Comments


no the artwork sucks by all means, I forgot to mention that myself before. Might just be the worst 2009 artwork I have seen so far haha

bloc
November 17th 2009


66236 Comments


really? i also think it's pretty badass

Digging: Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant

Metalstyles
Emeritus
November 17th 2009


8574 Comments


it's "bad" and "ass" but not "badass"

bloc
November 17th 2009


66236 Comments


lol, that made me laugh dude.

alachlahol
November 17th 2009


7593 Comments


it's "bad" and "ass" but not "badass"

as you can see by my general lack of proper sentence structure, i'm not too concerned with spelling a slang term correctly

this album artwork is bad ass

AggravatedYeti
November 17th 2009


7683 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Daaaammnnn homie.

hydeyomoney
November 17th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0



really? i also think it's pretty badass





yeah honestly the album artwork is pretty sweet, one of the reasons i gave this a shot.



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