The Massacre - 50 Cent

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. All the ugly gangsta lies are here, especially as regards the brutalization of women and the business of death. But they're incidental to the mood of the piece, which is friendly, relaxed, good-humored, and in the groove.
  2. There's a new depth to the murderous lyricism here that discounts any possibility he's renounced violence. [12 Mar 2005, p.58]
  3. "The Massacre" is still a fine follow-up to his last full length release, and despite a few miscues avoids letting down his fanbase.
  4. 80
    He represents gangsta rap's evolution into pure entertainment. [May 2005, p.116]
  5. Not all of Massacre is as immediately catchy as Get Rich, but it's close.
  6. The beats are captivating, the choruses memorable, the skits kept to a minimum, and, most importantly, the rapping deft, inventive, and full of surprises.
  7. It is hands-down the most diabolically sensous collection of baby-making gangsta music since Pac's All Eyez.
  8. It is a collection of stark but sly threats and come-ons, nearly as addictive as its predecessor. [3 Mar 2005]
  9. A joyride of an album that's as fun as it is familiar. [2 Mar 2005, p.E2]
  10. Fortunately, Fiddy's rhymes are a riot, and Dr. Dre's production is as golden as ever.
  11. The Massacre's best tracks have 50 dropping club-clatter and gangster lean to show us the mind behind the six-pack, gat, and Teflon.
  12. At worst, it feels unfinished, and at best, it feels like a mixtape cobbled together from mostly choice tracks but without that overseer's polish.
  13. 70
    A taut, albeit less explosive, album. [Apr 2005, p.166]
  14. The new songs (and subject) aren't as absorbing as the old. [11 Mar 2005, p.101]
  15. 67
    This time around he's tryin' too hard to be everything to everybody. [Apr 2005, p.97]
  16. The pandering that characterizes the first half of the album leaves no hint of the hidden gems that follow.
  17. 60
    Not even tight productions from Eminem and Dre can stop things from flagging midway. [May 2005, p.95]
  18. Sadly, the album is reminiscent of everything he has already done.
  19. But while its flaws are formidable, so are its strengths, beginning with Cent's dark charisma, belligerent sneer of a voice, fluid delivery, and mastery of hip-hop style
  20. [50's] rhymes are as stupid as ever.
  21. Not a wholly convincing return. [May 2005, p.110]
  22. Representing the devolution of civilized man, 50 Cent pitifully uses the excuse of a deranged society to stoop even lower into a perpetual chest-thumping nightmare of unbridled greed, misogyny, and black-on-black crime.
  23. The Massacre is as frustratingly uneven as Get Rich or Die Tryin’, but it’s longer and messier.
  24. With nothing musically fresh, attention is focused on [50] himself. Bad idea.
  25. It's pretty much all the same synth leads, bang-bang beats, and tired rhymes as every other Aftermath related project since The Eminem Show, which wasn't that great either.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 233 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 162
  2. Negative: 79 out of 162
  1. DanA
    Sep 23, 2007
    The Massacre is produced better than 50's debut album. However the problem is that 50 is at his worst more consistently than he was on GRODT and even Beg For Mercy. There are two songs that need to be downloaded from this album, and the rest can go to the landfill. A Baltimore Love Thing is a great track where 50 raps a solid lyrical performance combined with great production through the perspective of not a drug abuser, but the drug itself. Build You Up features Jamie Foxx and has the pizazz that 50 tries to capture on most of his love songs, but this one is actually the real deal. Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2014
    Fantastic album.It is just as good as Get rich or die tryin' without a doubt.Just a lil bit,Candy shop,In my hood,Gunz come out,Gatman and Robin,God gave me style,Outta control,Baltimore love thing,Disco inferno etc. etc. So many classic songs I could go on.Phenomenal work! Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2013
    50 cent has never been a lyricist, but this album is pretty bad lyrically. It seems that 50 keeps repeating himself on this album. Production (like on EVERY 50 cent album) is great. However, lyrically, this album is up there with Curtis as the worst 50 album ever. Btw, this album comes NOWHERE close to Get Rich or Die Tryin! Full Review »