The Massacre

~ Release group by 50 Cent

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Massacre (explicit)50 CentDigital Media22
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label)00602498804087
The Massacre (clean)50 CentDigital Media22
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label)0602557651904
The Massacre (explicit)50 CentCD22
  • US2005-03-03
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), Interscope Records, Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label)B0004092-02075021038851
The Massacre (explicit)50 CentCD22
  • US2005-03-03
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label)B000409402075021038875
The Massacre (explicit)50 Cent2×12" Vinyl11 + 11
  • US2005-03-03
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), G Unit, Interscope Records, Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label), ViolatorB0004317-01075021038905
The Massacre (explicit)50 CentCD22
  • US2005-03-03
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), G Unit, Interscope Records, Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label)B0004093-02602498804087
The Massacre50 CentCD22
  • JP2005-03-07
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICS-10904988005385833
The Massacre50 CentCD + DVD-Video22 + 6
  • JP2005-03-07
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICS-90334988005385857
The Massacre50 CentCD + DVD21 + 24
  • XE2005-09-06
Interscope Records0602498849095602498849095
The Massacre (special edition)50 CentCD + DVD-Video21 + 24
  • US2005-09-06
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap)B0005361-00602498849095
The Massacre50 CentCD21
  • CA2005-09-13
Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label)B000536102602498851272
The Massacre50 CentCD22
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label)B000409402075021038875
The Massacre50 CentCD22
Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label), Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), Interscope Records075021038851075021038851
The Massacre50 CentCD + DVD22 + 6
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), G Unit, Interscope Records, Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label), Violator0602498803905602498803905
The Massacre50 CentCD22
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap)988 066-7602498806678
The Massacre50 CentCD21
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap), G Unit, Interscope Records, Shady Records (Eminem's US rap label), Violator0602498851272602498851272
The Massacre (special edition)50 Cent2×UMD21 + 24
  • US2006-02-07
Aftermath Entertainment (US rap)B0005647-77602498868638
The Massacre50 CentCD21
  • JP2006-02-15
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICS-90444988005412577
The Massacre50 CentCD22
  • JP2006-05-24
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICS-90504988005429360
The Massacre50 CentCD22
  • JP2006-09-27
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICO-97084988005444981
The Massacre50 CentCD22
  • JP2007-05-23
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICS-30084988005470423

Relationships

artist & repertoire support:Marcus Heisser
Marc Labelle
Mike Lynn
Tracy McNew
Riggs Morales
creative direction:Nicole Frantz (art direction)
associated singles/EPs:Outta Control by 50 Cent feat. Mobb Deep
included in:Get Rich or Die Tryin’ / The Massacre
part of:Grammy Award: Best Rap Album nominees (number: 2006) (order: 52)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/34250 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/95f9 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000342572 [info]
Wikidata:Q839810 [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.