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Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘The Messacre’ Edition

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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"

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘Beg For Mercy’ Edition

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5. G-Unit- Beg For Mercy

Beg For Mercy, as its title suggests, was G-Unit's twisting the bayonet. 50 had just overwhelmed the rap game as a solo artist, and he had opened the door for his right- and left-hand men. Given the degree of 50's success (Get Rich Or Die Tryin' had been released nine months prior), the trio could have phoned this one in and had no problem with sales. What resulted was a very well-executed group aesthetic with a gang of classic songs, maybe even a classic album. 50 was rapping with the relaxed composure of someone who knew he had the game in his palm, while Banks and Buck came with the hunger.

The formula for a Beg For Mercy song was to take one of many perfect beats (the whole album was sonically reminiscent of The Chronic: 2001 to me, with a crispness that Dre had perfected just a couple years prior, despite

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘Buck The World’ Edition

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Even before the infamous taped conversation, Young Buck developed a reputation as the most emotional member of G-Unit. But emotion isn’t a bad thing for an artist—just ask Drake. On his sophomore album, Buck The World, the Nashville native tapped into the full spectrum of feelings without ever once wavering from the G-Unit model of gangsta rap. This was the case with

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: The Hunger For More Edition

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Those of us who were recruited to G-Unit's fanbase via their earliest mixtape grind had to have been wondering what would come of Banks and Yayo. With the eventual recruitment of UTP's Young Buck and Dr. Dre's protege Game,

G-Unit was suddenly a crowded roster. Banks got the first solo release date following 50 Cent's debut.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Before I Self-Destruct Edition

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By 2009, 50 Cent's moment had passed. He had already suffered an embarrassing loss in 2007 to Kanye West when Graduation handily outsold 50's Curtis. But that only told half the story. Kanye didn't just make a better album (50 admitted as much in a recent GQ profile) but made 50's sound feel old and outdated—like a superstar athlete who ruined his knees and just didn't have the same lift anymore. By '09, all the seeds of Kanye's influence began to blossom as rappers like J. Cole and Drake began their ascent, creating a new paradigm in rap that left gangsta rap in the dust. Yet, even hobbled, 50 was still kicking that "aggressive content" as a reminder that street rap would always have a place in hip-hop.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Soundtracks Edition

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  • "At the Ent Of The Day, What will you hang on to?"

G-Unit Nation {G-Unit(50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo), Mobb Deep (Prodigy, Havoc), M.O.P (Billy Danze, Lil Fame), G-Unit Crips/G-Unit West (Spider Loc), Harlem World (Murda Ma$e), Olivia }

Guest: Nate Dogg

A G-Unit album as film soundtrack—alright, I'll take it. Luckily, this wasn't just a compilation project, but a legit new release with a few legit hits. If it took a $40 million vanity blockbuster to give us "Window Shopper," so be it. This here's a bona fide G-Unit album, and so, of course, it's more gangsta than playboy, more slick than seductive, so much so that

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Curtis Edition

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Not nearly as disappointing as the notorious sales contrast with Kanye would suggest, alas, Curtis was the watershed moment when 50 Cent's hype and persona overtook him. "Ayo Technology" may have gotten decent traction as a Timberlake/Timbaland collabo, all the rage in the mid '00s, but this approach nearly muted the grit and bombast that had previously given 50 a pass for otherwise thriving by club beats