Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘The Messacre’ Edition
4. 50 Cent-The Messacre
In a lot of ways, 50 Cent's The Massacre is the beginning of the end for 50 Cent and G-Unit as a whole. It features all the missteps that would soon either undermine or undo 50's empire; a misguided pop effort that alienated too many core fans yet still resulted in a No. 1 hit ("Candy Shop"), an overzealous effort to use beef as a marketing ploy ("Piggy Bank"), and the use of commercial performance to justify all antics (selling 1.14 million copies in a short week). But what really undid this album is 50's hubris. Coming off Get Rich or Die Tryin' he was absolutely convinced that he'd never run out of hits because he could just go to the studio and whip up some more. So much so he essentially gave away the first draft of The Massacre to his then protege, The Game, for his debut, The Documentary.
Take a moment to consider how much better The Massacre would have been if you instead had the six songs 50 would later claim he wrote for Game, including "Hate It or Love It" and "How We Do."
And yet, 50 had all the reason in the world be confident. The Massacre still featured some of the best rap music of not just 50's career, but of that era of rap period. Yes, the album was overindulgent with a jampacked lineup of 22 tracks that ran 73 minutes. But it still featured songs like "In My Hood," "This Is 50," and "Ski Mask Way." The Vivica A. Fox diss on "Get In My Car"
But still, much like with Ja Rule, the fickle nature of rap fans will build you up only to bring you down. And The Massacre marked the moment when 50 went from folk hero turned global rap star, to the guy on top everyone wanted to fall. 50 sensed as much. On "Ryder Music" he lamented, "The shit journalist write about me, get me confused/Have me feeling like the heavyweight champ when he lose." That'll happen when you try to follow up an undeniable classic with a mixed bag of bangers. But you can't count it as a loss when you're still the champ. —Insanul Ahmed