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Massacre
     

The Massacre

by 50 Cent
 

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Following up one of the biggest debuts in hip-hop history, crack dealer turned charisma dealer 50 Cent makes some bold moves, recycles plenty of old ideas, and sprinkles in some perfect party singles for The Massacre. Crafty man that he is, 50 must have known following up the massive Get Rich or Die Tryin' was going to be extremely difficult, especially

Overview

Following up one of the biggest debuts in hip-hop history, crack dealer turned charisma dealer 50 Cent makes some bold moves, recycles plenty of old ideas, and sprinkles in some perfect party singles for The Massacre. Crafty man that he is, 50 must have known following up the massive Get Rich or Die Tryin' was going to be extremely difficult, especially for a rapper rightfully known more for creating headlines than rhymes. To cushion the blow, 50 released an album by his G-Unit crew, made numerous guest appearances on other artist's tracks, and helmed ten mixtapes in his G-Unit Radio series. It kept the debut momentum moving and it's half the reason why The Massacre doesn't feel like Get Rich's proper successor, the other half being the album's effortless attitude. That's the most frustrating thing about the otherwise satisfying Massacre. At worst, it feels unfinished, and at best, it feels like a mixtape cobbled together from mostly choice tracks but without that overseer's polish. At a stunning, slightly overstuffed 78 minutes, it's overwhelming, too, but without a perfect flow to hold the listener's hand the whole way through, it's also a testament to 50 and crew that The Massacre doesn't test your patience until after the one-hour mark. Silly and short intro out of the way, the slinky "In My Hood" gets down to business and gives way to four tracks of the same-old, same-old bravado and beats that are still just as stunning and catchy as hell. "I'm Supposed to Die Tonight" and "Gatman and Robbin" are both great tracks from the quirky/macabre house of Eminem, but it's the Fat Joe-dissing "Piggy Bank" that steals the show. Like "Candy Shop," "Outta Control," "Disco Inferno," and on and on, "Piggy Bank" succeeds because of its serviceable rap, believable swagger, inescapable hook, and phatter than phat beats. For those who've had it with the gunshots, the Shady/Aftermath boasting, and the usual "G-G-G-G-Unit!" shouts, The Massacre has just enough surprises. Besides mentioning Kurt Cobain and Ozzy Osbourne, "A Baltimore Love Thing" is the big shocker as 50 poignantly tells the tale of a heroin-addicted girlfriend destroying all that's good. "Ryder Music" is more easygoing than expected, "Build You Up" (featuring Jamie Foxx) is actually sweet, and "God Gave Me Style" has just about the dreamiest beat in the G-Unit universe. Scott Storch, Dr. Dre, and Eminem are the only big names in the producer's chair, but everyone else serves up fine tracks, especially the great Needlz. Guest spots are kept to a bare minimum and besides the intro, skits are nonexistent. Trim a couple tracks and a couple beefs and rearrange the album and you have what sounds like Get Rich's lesser sequel, but The Massacre doesn't look back. It really just wants to challenge other rappers' albums and not its predecessor. Taken that way, it's an excellent effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/2005
Label:
Aftermath
UPC:
0075021038868
catalogNumber:
000409302
Rank:
43659

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

50 Cent   Primary Artist,Rap
Jeff Bass   Keyboards
Eric Hudson   Bass
Luis Resto   Horn,Keyboards
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Ruben Cruz   Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Sitar
Lindsay Collins   Vocals
Steve King   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Bunny Sigler   Composer
Dr. Dre   Audio Production
Jeff Bass   Composer,Producer
Luis Resto   Producer
Rob Tewlow   Producer
Mark Bass   Producer
Mike Elizondo   Producer,Audio Production
Andre Young   Composer
Eminem   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
50 Cent   Executive Producer
Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
R. Tyson   Composer
Chuck Reed   Engineer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Tony Campana   Engineer
Curtis Jackson   Composer
Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri   Engineer
Akane Behrens   Engineer
Kyla Miller   Engineer
Black Jeruz   Audio Production
Ed Scratch   Engineer
J.R. Rotem   Producer
Che Vicious   Programming
Kameron Houff   Engineer
Alex Ortiz   Engineer
Cue Beats   Producer
Tyrue "Slang" Jonas   Artwork
Jared Lopez   Engineer
Jayceon Taylor   Composer
Scott Storch   Producer,Audio Production

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