The Massacre

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. "The Massacre" is still a fine follow-up to his last full length release, and despite a few miscues avoids letting down his fanbase.
  3. Not all of Massacre is as immediately catchy as Get Rich, but it's close.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Fortunately, Fiddy's rhymes are a riot, and Dr. Dre's production is as golden as ever.
  7. The pandering that characterizes the first half of the album leaves no hint of the hidden gems that follow.
  8. The beats are captivating, the choruses memorable, the skits kept to a minimum, and, most importantly, the rapping deft, inventive, and full of surprises.
  9. It is hands-down the most diabolically sensous collection of baby-making gangsta music since Pac's All Eyez.
  10. It is a collection of stark but sly threats and come-ons, nearly as addictive as its predecessor. [3 Mar 2005]
  11. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    There's a new depth to the murderous lyricism here that discounts any possibility he's renounced violence. [12 Mar 2005, p.58]
  12. Los Angeles Times
    75
    A joyride of an album that's as fun as it is familiar. [2 Mar 2005, p.E2]
  13. Blender
    80
    He represents gangsta rap's evolution into pure entertainment. [May 2005, p.116]
  14. Vibe
    70
    A taut, albeit less explosive, album. [Apr 2005, p.166]
  15. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    The new songs (and subject) aren't as absorbing as the old. [11 Mar 2005, p.101]
  16. Spin
    67
    This time around he's tryin' too hard to be everything to everybody. [Apr 2005, p.97]
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 252 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 164
  2. Negative: 79 out of 164
  1. DanA
    Sep 23, 2007
    5
    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 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. Apr 22, 2015
    9
    A great sequel to GODT, the massacre is still packed with a near-perfect and explosive production by Dre and Em, 50 is still angry and dope onA great sequel to GODT, the massacre is still packed with a near-perfect and explosive production by Dre and Em, 50 is still angry and dope on the mic. Maybe relying a little bit more on club bangers than the previous one, The massacre is still true to its gangsta ambitions. Piggy bank and Gunz come out are highlights on the album. Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2015
    6
    6.5/10................................................................................................................................................