Album Review: 50 Cent’s “Before I Self Destruct”

13 Nov

50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct OFFICIAL50 Cent came into rap with nothing to lose. For him, it was either make it in rap or return to the streets. His 2003 debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, displayed that hunger. However, 50’s later releases have shown him going soft.

Coming into his fourth album, Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent has promised a return to his hardcore roots. As a message to all of those 50 Cent doubters, he has dubbed the album as a sequel to his 2003 debut. After the flop of his 2007 album, Curtis, the pressure is on for 50 to come hard.

Initially, the album was set for a December 9, 2008 release. The first single was “Get Up.” The album was receiving heavy promotion, but little interest built around the album. As a result, 50 went back in and re-recorded the album. Now led by the Ne-Yo-assisted “Baby by Me,” 50 Cent finally released the album.

Track listing:

  1. “The Invitation”
  2. “Then Days Went By”
  3. “Death to My Enemies”
  4. “So Disrespectful”
  5. “Psycho” (featuring Eminem)
  6. “Hold Me Down”
  7. “Crime Wave”
  8. “Stretch”
  9. “Strong Enough”
  10. “Get It Hot” (featuring Lloyd Banks)
  11. “Gangsta’s Delight”
  12. “I Got Swag”
  13. “Baby by Me” (featuring Ne-Yo)
  14. “Do You Think About Me”
  15. “OK, You’re Right”
  16. “Could’ve Been You” (featuring R. Kelly)

Unlike on his last two albums, 50 Cent was able to find that space where he can make a pop record and still be street. Songs like “Crime Wave” and “So Disrespectful” show that 50 is still very hungry and that he is still competitive. For this album, he allows himself to shine, as opposed to having numerous guest appearances.

This album is a direct shot at anyone who doubted 50 Cent during his time off. A lot of people said that 50 Cent did not have another hit in him, then he came with “Baby by Me,” something completely out of his element. For those who said that 50 went soft, he goes right at Jay-Z, Game, and Young Buck on “So Disrespectful.”

Before I Self Destruct is a cross between vintage 50 Cent and a dash of something new. It was said that 50 was incapable of reinventing himself, now he has. This is definitely a great album and it could easily become 2009’s highest-selling album.

50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct (6/10).

2 Responses to “Album Review: 50 Cent’s “Before I Self Destruct””

  1. valeriamontoyaaidz November 20, 2009 at 10:19 am #

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  2. LonniE August 1, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    50 Cent Forever!!

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