The Massacre

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The Massacre
50 Cent - The Massacre.png
Studio album by 50 Cent
Released March 3, 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Gangsta rap, hardcore hip hop
Length 77:22
Label
Producer 50 Cent (exec.), Dr. Dre (also exec.), Eminem (also exec.), Scott Storch, Sha Money XL (also exec.), J.R. Rotem, Disco D, F.B.T., Hi-Tek, Mike Elizondo, Needlz, Buckwild, Cue Beats, Dangerous LLC, Black Jeruz
50 Cent chronology
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
(2003)
The Massacre
(2005)
Curtis
(2007)
Singles from The Massacre
  1. "Disco Inferno"
    Released: November 28, 2004
  2. "Candy Shop"
    Released: February 8, 2005
  3. "Just a Lil Bit"
    Released: May 10, 2005
  4. "Outta Control"
    Released: September 6, 2005

The Massacre is the second studio album by American rapper 50 Cent. It was released on March 3, 2005, by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope Records. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 1.14 million copies in its first week. Upon its release, The Massacre received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, but lost to Kanye West's album Late Registration at the 48th Grammy Awards.

Background[edit]

The Massacre has a music video for every track on the special edition version of the album. The original title for the album was revealed as St. Valentine's Day Massacre and was arranged to be released on February 14, 2005. However, it has been postponed, while the album title has been shortened and was later changed into The Massacre. The censored version of the album censors out most profanity, violence, and all drug content. The track "Gunz Come Out" has inconsistency in the editing, and contains some profanity. In comparison, the album is not as heavily censored as his previous album Get Rich or Die Tryin', but it is still a very highly censored album ranking in severity with albums such as Jadakiss' Kiss tha Game Goodbye (2001), along with Tony Yayo's Thoughts of a Predicate Felon (2005) and Nas' Stillmatic (2001).

Commercial performance[edit]

The Massacre sold 1.14 million copies in its first week, becoming the sixth-largest opening week for an album at the time, since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.[1] This is the third best opening week for a hip hop album, behind Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), which has sold 1.76 million copies in its first week, and The Eminem Show which sold 1,322,000 copies in its first week.[2] In 2015, the album has sold 5.36 million copies in the United States and 13 million worldwide.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[8]
NME 8/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 7/10[10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[11]
Spin B–[12]
Uncut 3/5 stars[13]
The Village Voice A−[14]

The Massacre received generally positive reviews from music critics; it holds a score of 66 out of 100 at Metacritic.[15] Vibe magazine found it "full of finger-pointing panache" and wrote that "50 delivers a taut, albeit less explosive, album aimed at both silencing his detractors and keeping the ladies satisfied".[16] NME observed "a new depth to the murderous lyricism" from 50 Cent on the album.[9] Greg Tate, writing in The Village Voice, said that, like Tupac, 50 Cent is "a ruffian who knows the value of a good pop hook", and called The Massacre "the most diabolically sensous collection of baby-making gangsta music since Pac's All Eyez."[17] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times found the album to be "nearly as addictive as its predecessor" and called 50 Cent "a crafty songwriter, specializing in obvious but nearly irresistible tracks that sound better the more you hear them."[18] In his review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau said that 50 Cent's "ugly gangsta lies" are "incidental to the mood of the piece, which is friendly, relaxed, good-humored, and in the groove."[14]

In a mixed review, Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club said that, although its strengths lie in 50 Cent's "dark charisma" and "fluid delivery", the album is marred by flaws typical of "big rap releases: At nearly 78 minutes, it's far too long, wildly uneven, and not particularly cohesive sonically or thematically."[19] Uncut magazine wrote that, despite 50 Cent's "cool menace", "not even tight productions from Eminem and Dre can stop things from flagging midway."[13] Lynne d Johnson of Spin felt that it lacks "originality" and makes artistic concessions: "He's tryin' too hard to be everything to everybody."[12] In a negative review for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis panned him as a lyricist and felt that the album lacks "any of the factors that make the best gangsta rap disturbingly compelling ... There's nothing except a string of cliches so limited that repetition is unavoidable".[7]

Accolades[edit]

The Massacre was nominated at the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album,[20] but lost to Kanye West's Late Registration.[21] It was ranked the twenty fifth best album of the year by Rolling Stone.[22]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Lindsay Collins Eminem 0:41
2. "In My Hood"   Curtis Jackson, Luis Resto, Teraike "C. Styles" Crawford, Phillip "Bang Out" Pitts, Marshall Mathers C. Styles, Bang Out, Eminem (add.), Resto (add.) 3:51
3. "This Is 50"   Jackson, Rashad Smith, Michael Clervoix Sha Money XL, Black Jeruz 3:04
4. "I'm Supposed to Die Tonight"   Jackson, Resto, Steve King, Mathers Eminem, Resto (add.) 3:51
5. "Piggy Bank"   Jackson, Khari Cain Needlz 4:15
6. "Gatman and Robbin'" (featuring Eminem) Jackson, Jeff Bass, Resto, Mark Bass, Neal Hefti, Mathers Eminem, Bass Brothers (add.) 3:46
7. "Candy Shop" (featuring Olivia) Jackson, Scott Storch Storch 3:29
8. "Outta Control"   Jackson, Andre Young, Mike Elizondo, Christopher Pope, Steve Standard Dr. Dre, Elizondo 3:21
9. "Get in My Car"   Jackson, Tony Cotrell Hi-Tek 4:05
10. "Ski Mask Way"   Jackson, Bunny Sigler, Resto, Mathers, Dave Shayman, Ryan Presson Disco D, Eminem (add.), Resto (add.) 3:05
11. "A Baltimore Love Thing"   Jackson, Quentin "Cue Beats" Staples, Norma Toney Cue Beats 4:17
12. "Ryder Music"   Jackson, Cotrell Hi-Tek 3:51
13. "Disco Inferno"   Jackson, Crawford, Pitts C. Styles, Bang Out 3:34
14. "Just a Lil Bit"   Jackson, Storch Storch 3:57
15. "Gunz Come Out"   Jackson, Young, Elizondo Dr. Dre, Elizondo 4:24
16. "My Toy Soldier" (featuring Tony Yayo) Jackson, Resto, King, Marvin Bernard, Mathers Eminem, Resto (add.) 3:44
17. "Position of Power"   Jackson, Jonathan Rotem J.R. Rotem 3:12
18. "Build You Up" (featuring Jamie Foxx) Jackson, Storch Storch 2:55
19. "God Gave Me Style"   Jackson, Cain, Leonard Caston, Jr., Tom McFadden Needlz 3:01
20. "So Amazing" (featuring Olivia) Jackson, Rotem, Jasmin Lopez J.R. Rotem 3:16
21. "I Don't Need 'Em"   Jackson, Anthony Best Buckwild 3:20
22. "Hate It or Love It (G-Unit Remix)" (bonus track) (featuring The Game, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Lloyd Banks) Jackson, Allan Felder, Andre Lyon, Jayceon Taylor, Marcello Valenzano, Bernard, Norman Harris, Ron Barker Cool & Dre 4:23
  • "Intro" is excluded from the 2006 France edition.[23]
Sample credits[24]
  • "Intro" contains elements from "What Up Gangsta" performed by 50 Cent
  • "This Is 50" contains elements from "Things Done Changed" performed by The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "I'm Supposed to Die Tonight" contains vocal samples of Spectrasonics' "Vocal Planet"
  • "Gatman and Robbin'" contains replayed elements from "Batman Theme"
  • "Candy Shop" contains a sample of "Love Break" performed by The Salsoul Orchestra (uncredited)
  • "Outta Control" contains interpolation from Strafe "Set It Off"
  • "Ski Mask Way" contains elements from "What Am I Waiting For" performed by The O'Jays and resung elements from "Cell Therapy" performed by Goodie Mob
  • "A Baltimore Love Thing" contains elements from "I'll Be Waiting There for You" performed by The Dells
  • "God Gave Me Style" contains elements from "Each Day I Cry a Little" performed by Eddie Kendricks
  • "I Don't Need 'Em" contains elements from "Nobody Knows" performed by S.C.L.C.

Personnel[edit]

Credits for The Massacre adapted from Allmusic.[25]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005)[26] Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart[26] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[26] 2
Belgian Flanders Albums Chart[26] 3
Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart[26] 9
Canadian Albums Chart[27] 1
Danish Albums Chart[26] 8
Dutch Albums Chart[26] 2
Finnish Albums Chart[26] 7
French Albums Chart[26] 3
Hungarian Albums Chart[28] 11
Italian Albums Chart[26] 13
New Zealand Albums Chart[26] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[26] 3
Portuguese Albums Chart[26] 5
Spanish Albums Chart[26] 32
Swedish Albums Chart[26] 10
Swiss Albums Chart[26] 2
UK Albums Chart[29] 1
US Billboard 200[30] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[31] 1
US Top Rap Albums[32] 1

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Australia Platinum[33]
Belgium Gold[34]
Canada 3× Platinum[35]
Europe Platinum[36]
France Gold[37]
Germany Platinum[38]
Greece Gold[39]
Ireland 2× Platinum[40]
Japan Platinum[41]
New Zealand Platinum[42]
Russia 3× Platinum[43]
Switzerland Platinum[44]
United Kingdom 2x Platinum[45]
United States 6× Platinum[46]

The Massacre (Special Edition)[edit]

The Massacre (Special Edition)
The Massacre Special Edition.png
Studio album by 50 Cent
Released September 6, 2005
Recorded 2004–05
Genre Hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 73:47
Label Aftermath, Interscope, Shady
Producer 50 Cent (exec.), Dr. Dre (also exec.), Eminem (also exec.), Scott Storch, Sha Money XL, J.R. Rotem, Disco D, F.B.T., Hi-Tek, Mike Elizondo, Needlz, Buckwild, Cue Beats, Dangerous LLC, Black Jeruz
50 Cent chronology
The Massacre
(2005)
The Massacre (Special Edition)
(2005)
Curtis
(2007)
Singles from The Massacre
  1. "Disco Inferno"
    Released: November 28, 2004
  2. "Candy Shop"
    Released: January 15, 2005
  3. "Just a Lil Bit"
    Released: May 10, 2005
  4. "Outta Control (Remix)"
    Released: September 6, 2005

Background[edit]

The album was re-released under the name The Massacre (Special Edition). It was re-released on September 6, 2005 with a remix of "Outta Control" featuring Mobb Deep. The re-release included a bonus DVD with music videos for all of the songs (except for Disco Inferno, Gunz Come Out and the Intro), and the trailer for the movie Get Rich or Die Tryin' excluding track 22, the G-Unit's remix to "Hate It or Love It", due to the ongoing feud between 50 Cent and The Game which leaves 21 tracks. The re-release helped the album re-climb the charts to number 2 in the United States. The original version was also re-issued using the special edition track listing leaving out the parts for the DVD.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Lindsay Collins Eminem 0:41
2. "In My Hood"   Jackson, Resto, Crawford, Pitts, Mathers C. Styles, Bang Out, Eminem (add.), Resto (add.) 3:51
3. "This Is 50"   Jackson, Smith, Clervoix Black Jeruz, Sha Money XL 3:04
4. "I'm Supposed to Die Tonight"   Jackson, Resto, King, Mathers Eminem 3:51
5. "Piggy Bank"   Jackson, Cain, Needlz 4:15
6. "Gatman and Robbin'" (featuring Eminem) Jackson, J. Bass, Resto, M. Bass, Hefti, Mathers Eminem, Bass Brothers (add.) 3:46
7. "Candy Shop" (featuring Olivia) Jackson, Storch Storch 3:29
8. "Outta Control (Remix)" (featuring Mobb Deep) Jackson, Young, Elizondo, Mark Batson, Albert Johnson, Kejuan Muchita, Pope, Standard Dr. Dre, Elizondo 4:07
9. "Get in My Car"   Jackson, Cotrell Hi-Tek 4:05
10. "Ski Mask Way"   Jackson, Sigler, Resto, Mathers, Shayman, Presson Disco D 3:05
11. "A Baltimore Love Thing"   Jackson, Staples, Toney Cue Beats 4:17
12. "Ryder Music"   Jackson, Cotrell Hi-Tek 3:51
13. "Disco Inferno"   Jackson, Crawford, Pitts C. Styles, Bang Out 3:34
14. "Just a Lil Bit"   Jackson, Storch Storch 3:57
15. "Gunz Come Out"   Jackson, Young, Elizondo Dr. Dre, Elizondo 4:24
16. "My Toy Soldier" (featuring Tony Yayo) Jackson, Resto, King, Bernard, Mathers Eminem 3:44
17. "Position of Power"   Jackson, Rotem J.R. Rotem 3:12
18. "Build You Up" (featuring Jamie Foxx) Jackson, Storch Storch 2:55
19. "God Gave Me Style"   Jackson, Cain, Caston, Jr., McFadden Needlz 3:01
20. "So Amazing" (featuring Olivia) Jackson, Rotem, Lopez J.R. Rotem 3:16
21. "I Don't Need 'Em"   Jackson, Best Buckwild 3:20
Sample credits

Informations taken from The Massacre liner notes:[24]

  • "Intro" contains elements from "What Up Gangsta" performed by 50 Cent
  • "I'm Supposed to Die Tonight" contains samples of "Warning" by The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Gatman and Robbin'" contains replayed elements from "Batman Theme"
  • "Candy Shop" contains a sample of "Love Break" performed by The Salsoul Orchestra (uncredited)
  • "Ski Mask Way" contains elements from "What Am I Waiting For" performed by The O'Jays and resung elements from "Cell Therapy" performed by Goodie Mob
  • "A Baltimore Love Thing" contains elements from "I'll Be Waiting There For You" performed by The Dells
  • "God Gave Me Style" contains elements from "Each Day I Cry A Little" performed by Eddie Kendricks
  • "I Don't Need 'Em" contains elements from "Nobody Knows" performed by S.C.L.C.

See also[edit]

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