Before I Self Destruct

Before I Self Destruct

by 50 Cent
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Before I Self Destruct

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2009
Label: Aftermath
UPC: 0602517902992
catalogNumber: 001239300

Album Credits

Performance Credits

50 Cent   Primary Artist
Trevor Lawrence   Keyboards
Mark Batson   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Keyboards
Will Hill   Keyboards
Governor Washington   Vocals
Dawaun Parker   Keyboards
Pranam Injeti   Bass,Guitar
Chris Grayson   Keyboards
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   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   Composer,Producer
Chin Injeti   Composer,Producer
Havoc   Producer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Rick Rock   Producer
D. Stinson   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
50 Cent   Executive Producer
Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Ruben Rivera   Engineer
Manny Perez   Producer
J. Jones   Composer
Michael Strange   Engineer
Kelvin Mercer   Composer
Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri   Engineer
G. Jones   Composer
DJ Khalil   Producer
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
Ravid Yosef   Marketing
Yvette Gayle   Publicity
Robert "Roomio" Reyes   Engineer
P. Sawyer   Composer
Ky Miller   Engineer
Tha Bizness   Producer
Nascent   Producer
Rocwilder   Producer
Ramon Rivas   Engineer
R. Thomas   Composer
J. Keys   Producer
J. Henderson   Composer
C. Whitacre   Composer
D. Parker   Composer
Dave Jolicouer   Composer
C. Jackson   Composer
S. Smith   Composer
T. Fyffe   Composer,Producer
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   Composer
D. Batson   Composer
C. Ruelas   Composer
A. Bond   Composer
Polow da Don   Producer
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Composer,drum programming

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Before I Self Destruct 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
theogre_baby More than 1 year ago
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.
lillysoclean_65 More than 1 year ago
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"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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