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  • Summary: The fourth album for the rapper is finally released and features appearances by Eminem, Ne Yo, Lloyd Banks, and R. Kelly.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
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  1. On the lyrical side of things, 50 seems to have his edge back. Whether he's orchestrating a robbery or bucking (pun intended) shots at his foes, it seems apparent that the criticisms got to him. For the hard core fans, the softer songs are skippable, but I can't hold that against him too much.
  2. 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.
  3. Call it voyeur. Call it artificial. Call it exploitative. Just don’t call it boring. It’s the first 50 Cent album in some time that can boast that.
  4. He clearly yearns to evoke the mixture of fun and grit that made "Get Rich or Die Tryin’" such a remarkable effort, but he’s misguided in his approach.
  5. On Fiddy's fourth album, the muscle-bound-warrior routine is the only one he trusts, so he keeps milking it.
  6. Before I Self Destruct plays as a prudent step back. It's not that 50 has suddenly become terrifying, but the album possesses a sense of latent menace that's been left unexplored since his early mixtapes.
  7. Before I Self Destruct needs as many bells and whistles as it can muster, because the music isn't going to cut it on its own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. GarzaBlood
    Nov 24, 2009
    The Album is sick!! The sound quality is state of the art and the Instrumentals are banging. I also like the Idea that he disses Jay Z. Overall Great Album!! Yes I am from the West Coast!! Diego City that is. Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2014
    Great album.So many great songs.The only song I didn't like is could have been you.In my opinion there should have been some other song rather than that. Expand
  3. ValeriyS
    Dec 6, 2009
    I do think that it is the best thing he did except brilliant Massacre, and among the best rap albums of this year.
  4. RyanK
    Nov 28, 2009
    I think this album has to be hip hop album of the year along with Raekwon's OB4CL2 this album is his best since get rich or die tryin. but the massacre is also a good record curtis is horrible. but every song on this album is top notch production is top class and 50 is back with his witty lyrics the critics just dont get the concept of the album. but there are 2 weak songs such as Baby by me & couldve been you with r kelly.i also think this album shudda sold more in its first week not 150k. its a very good album a must buy! Expand
  5. MichaelR
    Nov 30, 2009
    This album is a masterpiece showing 50 cent's true potential and writing and lyrical ability. He is more aggressive harder and lyrical. With the song Gangsta's Delight, So Disrespectful, Death to my Enemies, Psycho, Strong Enough, Get It Hot, Ok, You're right. Showing the darker and more lyrical side of 50 cent the you would of seen back when he made Get Rich or, Die Trying. The Best songs on the cd would have to be So Disrespectful, Gangsta's Delight, Psycho, and Death to My Enemies bringing out the best of 50 cent we have ever seen. Expand
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    The record is superbly produced and the sound of each track is better than any I have heard for a while. There is a good sense of direction on the whole but the record is typically let down by 50's light-weight technical abilities. He is obviously trying his best but I can't help but feel indifferent about him. The way he can switch from sexually provocative "Baby By Me" to homicidal on "The Invasion" is quite unnerving and indicative of his lack of musicality. Considering the beats are so inspiring his verses are still basic which signifies to me that he should hang up his mic. 5/10 54/100 Collapse
  7. TwinV
    Nov 26, 2009
    Truly dreadful, waffly nonsense. This man has been exposed big time. A billion miles away from the great first album.

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