Before I Self Destruct [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Released without the usual flurry of hype, Before I Self Destruct fulfills 50 Cent's contractual obligation to the Interscope label. It also doubles as a throwback album, returning the rapper to the hunger and hatred of his early mixtapes while skillfully recasting him as a wannabe upstart. That is, for the most part. The four radio-friendly bedroom numbers that conclude the album are out of place but fairly good to dime-piece beautiful, with the best being the Ne-Yo showcase "Baby by Me" "Have a baby by me, baby/Be a millionaire". As pleasing as these final numbers are, if you leave the room after the macho bruiser "I Got Swag" "I'm infinitely special/Girl the Lord is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Released without the usual flurry of hype, Before I Self Destruct fulfills 50 Cent's contractual obligation to the Interscope label. It also doubles as a throwback album, returning the rapper to the hunger and hatred of his early mixtapes while skillfully recasting him as a wannabe upstart. That is, for the most part. The four radio-friendly bedroom numbers that conclude the album are out of place but fairly good to dime-piece beautiful, with the best being the Ne-Yo showcase "Baby by Me" "Have a baby by me, baby/Be a millionaire". As pleasing as these final numbers are, if you leave the room after the macho bruiser "I Got Swag" "I'm infinitely special/Girl the Lord is gonna bless you/If you do what I tell you to do", you'll return to a confusingly different album, one that's as glamorous but less vital. The monstrous run of tracks that leads up to this flash and polish can be summed up by 50's "This ain't Tha Carter/It's Sparta!," a witty, deceptive, and brutish line barked over a prime Dr. Dre beat during the great "Death to My Enemies."" On the cut, the producer sounds like he's been digging on RZA, but the tension and dark-night feel he has created for "Psycho" is easily identifiable as Dre. Add an especially rapid 50 trading horror-show rhymes with Eminem and the G-Unit soldiers will testify that the Shady/Aftermath dream is still alive. While "So Disrespectful" is the perfect title for a song that shocks, stuns, and brings reminders of the gritty G-Unit Radio mixtape series at its best, the Rick Rock-produced "Stretch" is an even craftier balance of amoral and humorous as it references Plastic Man and Mr. Fantastic before explaining the profitable benefits of cutting cocaine. There are only three guest vocalists, and save a production credit for Havoc, the G-Unit posse is absent, and yet 50 is able to carry the album alone, sounding as inspired as he did on his Interscope debut. That album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', beats this one thanks to its proper balance and structure, but Before I Self Destruct is still a fantastic juggernaut of a 50 album if you exit early, and a very good one even if you don't.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2009
  • Label: Aftermath
  • UPC: 602517902992
  • Catalog Number: 001239300
  • Sales rank: 42,998

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Invitation (2:54)
  2. 2 The Days Went By (3:45)
  3. 3 Death to My Enemies (3:46)
  4. 4 So Disrespectful (3:39)
  5. 5 Psycho (4:46)
  6. 6 Hold Me Down (3:19)
  7. 7 Crime Wave (3:44)
  8. 8 Stretch (4:07)
  9. 9 Strong Enough (3:02)
  10. 10 Get It Hot (2:59)
  11. 11 Gangsta's Delight (3:14)
  12. 12 I Got Swag (3:34)
  13. 13 Baby by Me - Ne-Yo (3:33)
  14. 14 Do You Think About Me (3:26)
  15. 15 OK, You're Right (3:04)
  16. 16 Could've Been You (4:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Before I Self Destruct
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
50 Cent Primary Artist
Trevor Lawrence Keyboards
Mark Batson Keyboards
Mike Elizondo Keyboards
Will Hill Keyboards
Khalil Abdul Rahman Keyboards
Governor Washington Vocals
Dawaun Parker Keyboards
Pranam Injeti Bass, Guitar
Chris Grayson Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bill Withers Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Dr. Dre Producer
R. Kelly Composer
Mickey Davis Producer
Clay McMurray Composer
Mark Batson Producer
Chin Injeti Composer, Producer
Havoc Producer
Mike Elizondo Composer
Rick Rock Producer
D. Stinson Composer
A. Young Composer
50 Cent Executive Producer
Nancie Stern Sample Clearance
Marshall Mathers Composer
Ruben Rivera Engineer
Manny Perez Producer
J. Jones Composer
Michael Strange Jr. Engineer
Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri Engineer
Mark B. Christensen Mastering
G. Jones Composer
DJ Khalil Producer
Khalil Abdul Rahman drum programming
Kejuan Muchita Composer
Ravid Yosef Marketing
Yvette Gayle Publicity
Robert "Roomio" Reyes Engineer
P. Sawyer Composer
Ky Miller Engineer
Tha Bizness Producer
Daniel Fry Mastering
Nascent Producer
Rocwilder Producer
Ramon Rivas Engineer
R. Thomas Composer
J. Keys Producer
K. Rahman Composer
J. Henderson Composer
C. Whitacre Composer
M. Batson Composer
D. Parker Composer
David Jolicouer Composer
C. Jackson Composer
S. Smith Composer
T. Fyffe Composer, Producer
K. Mercer Composer
M. Davis Composer
M. Perez Composer
Y. Davis Composer
W. Witherspoon Composer
W. Hutchinson Composer
Vikaden Producer
Team Ready Producer
Team Demo Producer
T. Lawrence Composer
Sable Watts Marketing Coordinator
R. Frazier Composer
QB Da Problem Producer
Q. Hysaw Composer
Lew Savage Engineer
Lab Ox Producer
J. Groover Composer
J. Fragala Composer
Dual Output Producer
D. Zacharias Composer
D. Billy Jr. Composer
D. Batson Composer
C. Ruelas Composer
A. Bond Composer
Polow da Don Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    50 is the best

    People aint know then they should know now if you aint like this record you got serious emotional problems especially if your a guy. Buy this record it's off the chain the first 7 tracks are my favorite.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The platinum trio is back on u h's "BUY THIS RECORD NOW"

    Its about time 50 is back I have been waiting so long for my boy to be abck in form and it is nice to see he still on point wit his rhymes. Lil wayne and dem other kats r bustas and so r the people who support dem. They hate on 50 cuz he ballin, raw, uncut and aint play games. All yo whack rappers go pop fifty just stay fifty and go platinum while syaing he go take a piece of your skull out da back of yo head.

    This is his best album period end and all. The songs are all on point his flow on most of these is too much to comprehend he is so focused so cure of himself. This album once again makes fifty the second best rapepr in
    da game after eminem.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    50 is bak baby who run it?

    This is dat album 50's flow is so hott so on point the production is so good and his rhymes are clever and well put together he makes sense through out and keeps it the way fifty should. This is the best 50 yet confident, alert, and reay to proove lil wayne is overrated, kanye just isnt very good, jay-z is over the hill and the majority of rapper (boosie,gucci,rick ross etc) just arent very talented despite concensus.

    get it 50 get it! "so disrespectful"

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    Posted November 17, 2009

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    Posted November 29, 2009

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