The Massacre

~ Release group by 50 Cent

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Massacre CD 22 Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label) B000409402 075021038875
The Massacre 2×12" Vinyl 11 + 11 Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), G-Unit Records, Interscope Records, Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label), Violator B0004317-01 075021038905
The Massacre CD 22 Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), G-Unit Records, Interscope Records, Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label) B0004093-02 602498804087
The Massacre CD 22 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICS-1090 4988005385833
The Massacre CD 22 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICS-9033 4988005385857
The Massacre (special edition) CD 21 Aftermath Entertainment (US rap) B0005361-00
The Massacre CD 21 Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label) B000536102 602498851272
The Massacre CD 22 Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label) B000409402 075021038875
The Massacre CD 22 Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records 075021038851 075021038851
The Massacre CD 22 Aftermath Entertainment (US rap) 988 066-7 602498806678
The Massacre CD 21 Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), G-Unit Records, Interscope Records, Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label), Violator 0602498851272 602498851272
The Massacre CD 21 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICS-9044 4988005412577
The Massacre CD 22 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICS-9050 4988005429360
The Massacre CD 22 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICO-9708 4988005444981
The Massacre CD 22 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICS-3008 4988005470423

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Marcus Heisser
Marc Labelle
Mike Lynn
Tracy McNew
Riggs Morales
creative direction: Nicole Frantz
associated singles/EPs: Outta Control by 50 Cent feat. Mobb Deep
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000342572 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/34250 [info]
Wikidata: Q839810 [info]
Wikipedia: en: The Massacre [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/95f9 [info]

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With the success of 2003's 'Get Rich Or Die Trying' being largely down to its protagonist getting shot nine times, you can see how promotion for the follow-up might have left Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson in a quandary.

So, possibly in an act of self-preservation, he's decided to make words his weapon and employed that standard rap machine hype tactic: The Beef. Unfortunately, 50 being 50, this has gotten out of hand. The man's beefs are so excessive they read longer than the average rap album's credits roll.

In the space of one track ("Piggy Bank") he's already snubbed ,Kelis, Nas, Fat Joe, Shyne and Jadakiss, while a well-documented (and well-timed) spat with The Game suggests even his friends arent safe. So it wasa surprise to precisely no one that The Massacres release (rushed, predictably, as 'the street can't wait') was marked by yet another shooting.

Given the resulting column inches, it's tempting to judge the whole exercise as the sequel to some kind of big budget no-brainer action movie - one starring Vin Diesel. From the cartoonish cover onwards, which buffs 50 up to superhero proportions, it's pretty obviously that the brand ('White Americas worst nightmare®') and not the content thats being sold to us.

But, in case we forget, there is a CD in here, too, and unfortunately this is something even 50 can't hide from.

Interestingly, this time around, Dre has taken a back seat and left production duties to a string of mercenaries. Perhaps he was embarrassed. Certainly, there's nothing as thrillingly awesome as "In Da Club", although "Candy Shop" makes a decent stab of impersonating it.

All told, The Massacre is pretty predictable stuff. Lyrically unimaginative, 50 raps like a machine. Musically, it's competent at best. Picture 78 minutes of G-funk, big repetitive loops and big dramatic strings all stitched together with the recurrent sound of gunfire.

As a marketing exercise it's genius -50 knows what his audience wants and he delivers it in spades. He's on his way to becoming raps own Mike Tyson. But much more of this and his career is liable to end up the same way.