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The Massacre is the second studio album by American rapper 50 Cent. It was released on March 3, 2005, by Shady Records, G-Unit Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Interscope Records. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200, selling 1.15 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

The Massacre has a music video for every track (with the exception of "Gunz Come Out") 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 was postponed, and the album title was shortened to simply 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. The opening track "Intro" removes the shooting sequence, and is cut down to 20 seconds. 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

The Massacre sold 1.15 million copies in its first four days of release, becoming the 6th-largest opening week for an album at the time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. This is the second best opening week for a hip hop album, behind Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), which sold 1.76 million copies in its 1st week. As of 2015, the album has sold 5.36 million copies in the United States and over 10 million worldwide.
In 2005, The Massacre was ranked as the number one album of the year on the Billboard 200.

Critical reception

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The Massacre received generally positive reviews from music critics; it holds a score of 66 out of 100 at Metacritic. 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". NME observed "a new depth to the murderous lyricism" from 50 Cent on the album. 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." 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." 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."
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." Uncut magazine wrote that, despite 50 Cent's "cool menace", "not even tight productions from Eminem and Dre can stop things from flagging midway." Lynne D. Johnson of Spin felt that it lacks "originality" and makes artistic concessions: "He's tryin' too hard to be everything to everybody." 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".

Accolades

The Massacre was nominated at the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album,Complete list of Grammy Award nominations . Associated Press. Retrieved on 2009-12-25. but lost to Kanye West's Late Registration.http://rap.about.com/od/awards/ig/Grammy-Best-Rap-Album-Winners/Kanye-West---Late-Registration.htm Grammy Awards Best Rap Album Winners: Late Registration . About.com. Retrieved on 2009-12-25. It was ranked the twenty fifth best album of the year by Rolling Stone.https://www.rollingstone.com/special/8952414/the_top_50_records_of_2005 The Top 50 Records of 2005 . Rolling Stone.
According to 50 Cent, the album received more mixed reviews than his album Get Rich Or Die Tryin' because he was focused more on the hooks and song structure: "People fought love for the things they see are significant. Jimmy Iovine was a producer … he loves the significance of production. He loves Dre. I don’t give a fuck what I made … look, I made my whole second album as a 10-record. I knew they wasn’t my best verses but my choruses were right so I focused on my song structure."https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.56668/title.50-cent-disses-rick-ross-meek-mill-jay-zs-roc-nation-ceo-all-in-one-swoop

Track listing

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;Notes
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  • "Intro" is excluded from the 2006 France edition.
;Sample credits(2005) Album notes for The Massacre by 50 Cent. Aftermath Entertainment.
  • "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 "Vocal Planet" performed by Spectrasonics.
  • "Gatman and Robbin'" contains replayed elements from "Batman Theme" composed by Danny Elfman.
  • "Candy Shop" contains a sample of "Love Break" performed by The Salsoul Orchestra (uncredited).
  • "Outta Control" contains an interpolation from "Set It Off" performed by Strafe.
  • "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

Credits for The Massacre adapted from Allmusic. Credits: The Massacre. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
  • 50 Cent – executive producer, author
  • Bang Out – producer
  • Jeff Bass – keyboards, producer
  • Mark Bass – producer
  • Steve Baughman – engineer, mixing
  • Akane Behrens – engineer
  • Black Jeruz – producer
  • Buck Wild – producer
  • Jeff Burns – mixing assistant, assistant
  • Dave Cabrera – keyboards
  • Tony Campana – engineer
  • Larry Chatman – project coordinator
  • Lindsay Collins – voices, speech/speaker/speaking part
  • Cool – producer
  • Ruben Cruz – vocals (background)
  • Cue Beats – producer
  • Dion Jenkins – vocals (background)
  • Disco D – producer
  • Dr. Dre – producer, executive producer, mixing
  • Mike Elizondo – bass, guitar, keyboards, sitar, producer
  • Eminem – producer, executive producer, mixing
  • Nicole Frantz – creative assistance
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardener – mastering
  • Yvette Gayle – publicity
  • Zach Gold – photography
  • Scott Gutierrez – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Tiffany Hasbourne – stylist
  • Adam Hawkins – engineer
  • Marcus Heisser – A&R
  • Hi-Tek – producer
  • Lionel Holoman – keyboards
  • Kameron Houff – engineer
  • Eric Hudson – bass
  • Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri – engineer, mixing
  • Tyrue "Slang" Jonas – artwork
  • Rouble Kapoor – assistant engineer, mixing assistant, assistant

  • Steven King – bass, guitar, mixing
  • Marc Labelle – A&R
  • Chris Lighty – management
  • Steve Lininger – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Jared Lopez – engineer
  • Mike Lynn – A&R
  • Andrew Mains – editing
  • Tracy McNew – A&R
  • Kyla Miller – engineer
  • Riggs Morales – A&R
  • Needlz – producer
  • Traci Nelson – vocals (background)
  • Alex Ortiz – engineer
  • James Oruz – management
  • Conesha Owens – vocals (background)
  • Kirdis Postelle – project coordinator
  • Chuck Reed – engineer
  • Luis Resto – horn, keyboards, producer
  • Robert "Roomio" Reyes – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Roberto Reyes – assistant
  • J.R. Rotem – producer
  • David Saslow – video
  • Kelly Sato – marketing coordinator
  • Ed Scratch – engineer
  • Les Scurry – production coordination
  • Sha Money XL – producer, engineer, executive producer, mixing
  • Randy Sosin – video
  • Nancie Stern – sample clearance
  • Scott Storch – producer
  • Chris Styles – producer
  • Rob Tewlow – producer
  • Patrick Viala – mixing
  • Che Vicious – programming
  • Barbara Wilson – vocals (background)
  • Brandon Winslow – assistant
  • Ravid Yosef – editing

Charts


Weekly charts

{ featuring Mobb Deep. The remix replaces the original version of the song as track 8. 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'. Due to the ongoing feud between 50 Cent and The Game, the re-release does not include the twenty-second track, G-Unit's remix to "Hate It or Love It". 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

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;Sample credits
Informations taken from The Massacre liner notes:
  • "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

  • List of number-one albums from the 2000s (UK)
  • List of number-one albums in 2005 (New Zealand)
  • List of number-one albums of 2005 (Ireland)
  • List of number-one albums of 2005 (U.S.)

External links


  • Category:2005 albums
    Category:50 Cent albums
    Category:Aftermath Entertainment albums
    Category:Shady Records albums
    Category:Albums produced by Buckwild
    Category:Albums produced by Dr. Dre
    Category:Albums produced by Disco D
    Category:Albums produced by Eminem
    Category:Albums produced by Scott Storch
    Category:Albums produced by Hi-Tek
    Category:Albums produced by J. R. Rotem
    Category:Albums produced by Needlz
    Category:Albums produced by Mike Elizondo
    Category:Interscope Records albums
    Category:Interscope Geffen A&M Records albums
     
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