50 Cent's Reviews: Exploring 50 Cent's Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Discography

Revisit the album reviews for 50 Cent's "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'," "The Massacre," "Curtis" and "Before I Self Destruct."

50 Cent made headlines with an announcement regarding his departure from Shady/Aftermath/Interscope today (February 20). HipHopDX has revisited the full-length studio albums that 50 Cent released under the Shady/Aftermath/Interscope umbrella, 2003's Get Rich Or Die Tryin', 2005's The Massacre, 2007's Curtis and 2009's Before I Self Destruct

50 Cent - Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

HipHopDX reviewed Get Rich Or Die Tryin' February 10, 2003 and awarded the album a 4 out of 5 X rating. "Some don't feel 50's marble-mouthed delivery and it can get particularly tiresome on the hooks," HipHopDX said at the time. "That aside, he does pay a lot of attention to song structure and even though not everything clicks, nothing sounds thrown together as filler material. While 50 lacks the lyrical prowess and mic presence of a Jay-Z or Nas, he has wedged himself into New York's upper class by keeping it in the gutter." HipHopDX's user-rating for Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was 4.69 out of 5. To view the full Get Rich Or Die Tryin' review, click here.  

50 Cent - The Massacre

Two years after releasing his debut album, 50 Cent released The Massacre. The album was reviewed February 25, 2005 and it earned a 3.5 out of 5. "Unfortunately, this album won't be judged by most on its merits," HipHopDX said at the time. "It will be judged by who made it. Either people despise 50, usually because they don't think he deserves his popularity or because they just think he's an obnoxious asshole. Or people ride his dick and claim he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. So this album is either a piece of shit or another classic. So another dope album from 50 will never be held in the regard it should be, instead it's marred in some form controversy. But then again, maybe 50 wouldn't have it any other way." HipHopDX's user rating for the album was a 3.98. To read the full The Massacre review, click here

50 Cent - Curtis 

50 Cent waited two years before releasing his Curtis album, a project that was reviewed by HipHopDX September 10, 2007. In its review, 50 Cent was given his lowest mark on the site, a 2.5 out of 5 X rating. "Fan reaction will be the same as it ever was; blind nuthuggers calling it a classic and sworn haters calling it the worst thing since cancer," HipHopDX said at the time. "Really, it is just a very average album from an artist we know is capable of more but rarely interested in giving 100 percent. 50 Cent may be a superstar, but Curtis is pedestrian." HipHopDX users were more favorable in reviewing this album, as they awarded this collection a 3.23 rating. To read the full Curtis review, click here

50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct 

In 2009, 50 Cent released Before I Self Destruct, his fourth full-length studio album under Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records' umbrella. On November 9 2009, HipHopDX reviewed the album, which earned a 3.5 out of 5 X rating. "While 50’s sense of humor bleeds through the entire work, it’s more arrogance than anything else. That’s 50 Cent though, and that’s what we’ve come to expect from him. However, for a multi-millionaire like Curtis Jackson, it wouldn’t have hurt to end his four-album stint on Interscope with some grown ass man Rap. Instead we’re given a collection of songs that are more b-sides than hits, with the exception of an obvious few like 'So Disrespectful' his usual 'shit list' track, the hard-hitting 'Crime Wave,' the Eminem-owned 'Psycho,' and the super-Poppy 'Baby By Me' featuring Ne-Yo." To read the full Before I Self Destruct review, click here

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93 Comments

  • Anonymous

    GRODT The Massacre Power of the Dollar Before I Self Destruct Curtis

  • insanemacbeth

    50's got a great discography, i.m.o.

  • Anonymous

    New 50 song on the Forbes website!!! sounds nice

  • Anonymous

    where is the 5th album?????????????????// 5 album contract with shady/aftermath i thought

  • Fitty

    50 is a legend in the gangsta rap genre, and Schoolboy Q is now carrying the torch. Q

  • Anonymous

    its a goood time to do this coz his new projects are coming out so at least people will talk about him

  • readmybrotherREEEEAD

    Every rapper that has gone platinum through a major label , needs to follow raekwons footsteps and go independant, once you have a household name in hip hop you do not need a major label at all. All they doing at that point is taking they cut until your buzz is dead. Every rapper still looking for the majors should sign 1 or 2 album deals, use them for they connections booking , international distribution , co marketing with other label mates etc, and then take that lil fame and sell it your self.

  • A Trillionaire

    50 is one of the last gangster rappers from the nearly 2 decades when it was at the forefront of rap music. It's not that he killed the genre, there just wasn't enough other rappers like him at the time to keep it going.

  • D From Q.U.

    Why Guess Who's Back isn't on the list? I would think that's an accomplishment

  • 5 STAR FIF

    why they leave of the real album power of the dollar it was recorded on a major label that's his first classic had destiny child,nore,UGK

  • Anonymous

    not bad compared to 90% of rappers reviews after a few albums(go see wayne and ross)

  • Ryan

    Everything after the massacre was average, losing The Game beef sucked the life out of his music

  • Peter

    50 sold 40 million records in 6 years (2003-2009), counting G-Unit albums and his movie soundtrack. What other rapper has done so much in so little time? He had back-to-back albums with 10+ million sales worldwide. Who else did THAT? Who else took niggas out the hood and made them millionaires? Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo & Young Buck, hell, you can even make a case for The Game, as 50 wrote him classics on The Documentary. These niggas were selling CRACK before 50. Beg for Mercy MULTI-PLATINUM, Hunger for More PLATINUM, Straight Outta Cashville PLATINUM, The Documentary MULTI-PLATINUM, Thoughts of a Predicate Felon GOLD (Perhaps sold a MIL worldwide by now). Sold 4 MILLION G-Unit sneakers (made $80 mil of that, he said it in an interview). Everybody rocking G-Unit shirts, too. Get Rich or Die Tryin' Soundtrack was PLATINUM, as well. I mean, he did SO MUCH early on, what else can he do? Curtis was a DECENT album at best. Before I Self Destruct was DECENT at best. Both albums had bangers on there but wasn't good all the way through. 50 came on the scene, literally pushed every rapper out of the way, ending careers while he was at it, sold millions upon millions and then went into business because he murdered everyone in the rap game and there was nothing left to accomplish there.

    • Anonymous

      eminem sold 10+ back to back and in 6 years he sold more than 50 mil.

    • Anonymous

      TRUTH^^^^^^^^

    • D from Q.U.

      Even his Guess Who's Back mixtape went platinum independently

    • Anonymous

      Ending careers? Who? Ja-Rule? Everybody already hated Ja-Rule in 2003. Fuck off fuckboy He murdered everybody in the rapgame? Really? this average rapper with his boring flow, voice and lyrics. Who cares if he made millionaires from banks or yayo or that he sold millions of albums. Its about SKILLZ you fucking moron

  • Olddog

    The label move is a big power move, one that he should have made a long time ago. However it is not wise to make this move without Banks and Buck.. I knew something was up, when Interscope did a deal with Gay Cole and he released a blatant 50 diss track : Revenge of the Dreamers I'm in the zone this year, it's all fire nigga check my attire Your worst fear is confirmed, your reign at the top expires this year No application, I'm hired this year And ye' ain't real as you seem, and we can tell, nigga Gay Cole sold his sole to Gay Z, but will never achieve the same success as 50 Cent

  • Ben

    1.GRODT... Huge, huge cd... One of the few albums I can listen to completely from front to back. The rest of his albums fail in comparison. 2.Massacre - Meh... I still bump Somebody's Gonna Die Tonight.. and In My Hood... That's it!! 3.Curtis... Gun Go Off... That's it!! 4.Before I Self Destruct... Death To My Enemies.....

  • GAME

    FOR ALL THE DICK RYDERS! 50 CENT SNITCH ON SUPREME AND FILED A RESTRAINING ORDER ON BLACK! DUDE IS A RAT NOT A RAT. U DICK RYDERS THINK GAME A STRIPPER CUZ 50 SAY SO? BAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA WHERES THE PROOF? BESIDES PHOTOSHOPED PICTURES??? LOLOL I CAN FIND 1000 OF VIDS OF 50 BEING A SNITCH BUT NOT ONE OF GAME BEING A STRIPPER??? WANNA KNOW WHY? BECAUSE HE NEVER WAS! GAME MAKES GUNIT LOOK SNITCHES NOW! EVEN MORE PROOF 40 GLOCC SUEING HIM FOR BEATIN HIS ASS! BAAAHAHAHA GUNIT IS DEAD STFU DICK RYDERS!

  • Anonymous

    ORDER OF BEST 50 ALBUMS 1. POWER OF A DOLLAR 2. GRODT 3. MASSACRE 4. BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT

  • kas

    I think Massacre is 50 at his best, weaving street tales over banging production and smooth music like ryder music and sky mask way for vibing out to

  • Anonymous

    GRODT sounds dated these days. Massacre still sounds fresh.

  • Anonymous

    you got the massacre wrong. I copped that shit about a month back, clear classic. I was a hater at the time cause he went at nas, but its a dope album.

  • Anonymous

    i think its better to have 1 or 2 classic albums and mixtapes than 5 or 6 mediocre albums

  • imho

    GRODT- classic within top 20-25 massacre- cool rest suck. mixtapes included.

  • ferrari f 50

    Though I'm a fan of GRDT, my favorite from 50 is The Massacre. Something about the production on that album. I would call myself a casual fan of 50 now..but I do respect how he keeps it raw and gutter. You rarely hear polished tunes from this guy and i like that.

  • Trillmatic

    One of the reasons I like him is because he did it his own way and not on the backs of other people.. He doesnt feel he has to be friends with people that he doesnt really like and i admire that about him .. So many people in rap fake like they're friends for the sake of makin money i hate that shit ..Everybody rides each other's jockstrap so much its sickening .. He was like Fuck that even if it wont benefit me much financially or career wise imma do my own thing and keep it 100.

  • Anonymous

    Ski Mask way is my shit, Ryder Music is my shit.

  • Anonymous

    I'm like god to your nigga

  • Anonymous

    Always speak the truth like or not

  • Anonymous

    50 has one good album and he made it off of dissing Ja Rule who was on top the game. Then he copied Ja Rule's style couldn't do it like him and fell off. Real talk, "I thought ja was commercial i heard you" . Nah that's 50 now what a hypocrite, glad it didn't work out for him as much as the vitiation water lol.

  • jg

    Been listening to the Massacre a lot lately, it's a hood classic, def deserves a 4/5. All his work after that is pedestrian.

  • RR

    How ANYONE in their right minds could pick "Before I Self Destruct" as their favorite 50 Cent album is completely baffling...

  • Shady is black

    the only real shit album he had was Curtis that was trash. Power of the Dollar is also a classic and his mixtape run is only matched by dipset n D-Block dope discography when u get into it

  • Anonymous

    when it comes to mixtapes no one can beat 50 or g-unit They legends just from that

    • Anonymous

      "BOTH MMG COMPILATIONS SOLD OVER 300K" Actually neither of them did, go look it up champ.

    • Anonymous

      Ross came out only 3 years later and still couldnt go plat when rappers were still doing it so yes TLDR

    • EYE CONTR0L

      FOR ALL OF THE DUMBASSES ARGUMENTING WITH GRODT AND ITS SALES AND THAT IT WAS BIGGER THAN ALL OF THE MMG RELEASES COMBINED TOGETHER, FUCK YOU. CAN YOU EVER LEARN THAT GRODT WAS RELEASED ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO WHEN PEOPLE ACTUALLY USED TO BUY RECORDS? IF GRODT WAS RELEASED LAST YEAR, IT WOULD BARELY EVER HIT A GOLD AND IT WILL NEVER OUTSELL LAST ROSS' ALBUM. NOT MENTIONING THAT MOST OF 50'S AUDIENCE WAS BRAINWASHED YOUNG KIDS WHO KNEW ONLY 2 RAPPERS - EMINEM AND 50 CENT. EVEN THOUGH HE IS MORE OF A POP SINGER SUPPORTING WACK ASS RAPPERS LIKE SLUTHOUSE, EMINEM IS STILL GOOD WITH HIS SALES, JUST TAKE IT AS A FACT THAT 50 CENT AND HIS PLATINUM PLAQUES FROM 2003 ARE NOT RELEVANT, BEFORE I SELF-DESTRUCT TOOK LONG TIME TO ONLY GO GOLD, IT NEVER WENT PLATINUM AND TEFLON DON AND GOD FORGIVES, I DON'T BOTH SOLD MORE THAN BEFORE I SELF-DESTRUCT. NONE OF THE G-UNIT ARTISTS HAD ANY HYPE RECENTLY, NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT YAYO, KIDD KIDD OR BITCH ASS FRAUD WANNABECRIP 40 GLOCC. LAST BANKS ALBUM FLOPPED AND SOLD 40K IN ITS FIRST WEEK, TONY YAYO CAN'T EVEN RELEASE ANY ALBUM RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT WOULD FLOPPED TOO HARD. MEEK MILL HAD ALMOST THE SAME OPENING NUMBERS AS LAST 50 CENT ALBUM HAD. WALE WENT GOLD AND HE IS BETTER THAN ANY OF G-UNIT RAPPERS WHEN IT COMES TO LYRICS. EVERY ROSS ALBUM WENT GOLD EXCEPT DEEPER THAN RAP BUT LAST TIME I CHECKED IT, IT HAS SOLD MORE THAN 470K SO BY NOW IT MIGHT HIT THE 500K. BOTH MMG COMPILATIONS SOLD OVER 300K AND IN THIS CLIMATE IT IS MORE THAN SUCCESS WHEN NOBODY MAKES A RELEVANT COMPILATION ALBUM (MAYBE GOOD MUSIC). RICH FOREVER MIXTAPE SHITS ON ALL OF G-UNIT MIXTAPES EVER RELEASED, JUST LISTEN TO THAT BEATS AND THE WAY HOW ROSS DELIVERS HIS SHIT. TL;DR?

    • Bulletproof Wallets

      They INVENTED the modern mixtape. No one had redone other artist's songs as their own for entire tapes before they did. G-Unit Radio Vols 1-26 are sick too for the most part.

    • Anonymous

      i downloaded a torrent of all the g-unit radio mixtapes and theres like 30 of em, its no wonder he ran out of shit to say, he put out more free material than most rappers will record in their lives

    • Anonymous

      50 Cent is the Future is a classic, Sincerly Southside is what Before I Self-Destruct should've been.

  • Anonymous

    Dude had a short career before his label dropped him, only 4 albums, damn JaRule got like 8

  • Anonymous

    Guess whose back, and all the mixtapes he had. Everything after The Massacre album wise has been disappointing.

    • BigKev

      Na blood,wat do you expect? Classics every time...name an artist who has put out a classic every time Kayne?Say no more, Jay-Z? No, Nas? Hell No, Eminem? I only LIKED his first 3 albums....That why GRODT & Massacre are classics GGGG-UNIT

  • shady

    War Angel && Gods Plan

  • shady

    Get Rich or Dying Trying Soundtrack

  • Darse

    GGGGGGGGG-UNIT, the kid put the game on lock down, Beg for Mercy,Buck the world, Documentary ....Rotten Apple...Classics

  • pope

    I( think now that he has more creative control he's gonna crush a lot of these wack dudes out. everyone on here talks about the quality of music and that ny sound. who better to bring that hardcore ny shit back?

  • Anonymous

    funny how things wind up, Game was right about this n*gga

    • Anonymous

      funny how Game the former stripper is haning out with a Kardashian trying to get on his kanye shit and being on keeping up with the kardashians to keep his dead career alive.

  • Anonymous

    Massacre got a few classic songs on there. I will take them over anything coming out in 2014.

  • Sam Snead

    Curtis was back when you guys had the balls to give an album 2.5/5, now most 2.5's get 3-3.5 and 3.5's get 4 out of 5.

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P. 50 Cent 2003-2014.

  • Anonymous

    why all this hype about 50? He is just average.

  • Anonymous

    @ The DX STAFF Let the dickriding begin!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Damn this dude was on Interscope/Aftermath/Shady no wonder he had no control over his short career,

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit you would think this nigga died today with all these 50 articles. LOL I bet he planned this all right before Mastermind comes out.

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