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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: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jan 2, 2014
    Its a shame the album only sold how much it did because this album is lyrically one of 50 cents best albums Best songs are The Invitation, death to my enemies, stretch and Pyscho.. Worst are get it hot gangsta delight Expand
  2. 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 Expand

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