Album Review: 50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct

19 11 2009

Before I Self Destruct
Throughout 50 Cent’s career, he’s proved himself to be a rap superstar and a tyrant in the industry. His first two albums sold impressively and his previous LP, Curtis didn’t sell as well as expected but still managed to go Platinum. Fif was so confident in Curtis‘ success that he even bet his rap career that he would outsell Kanye West’s Graduation which was going to be released the same day. Eventhough 50 lost the bet and received average reviews, he’s back with his newest album Before I Self Destruct. After being pushed back several times, will Before I Self Destruct put 50 back on his Get Rich or Die Tryin’ status or be another Curtis?


4/5 – Dynamite
Prior to the albums release, 50 expressed his displeasure with the way Curtis came out and stated that Before I Self Destruct is a much better album. While Curtis had a more commercial sound, it was obvious that Fif would go for the grimey vibe that he is reputable for with this album. To prove this theory, 50 kicks off the album with the intro “The Invitation”; a gritty album opener inviting competition to see 50 when he’s strapped. Another one of the album’s most gutter tracks is the ode to hitmen “Death to my Enemies”. The eerie guitar styled beat helps mold Before I Self Destruct to one of the most darkest projects Fifty’s put out thus far.
As usual, Fif does his perfected craft of dissing and humiliating other MC’s. He takes a jab at Wayne on “Death to my Enemies”, but he goes all out on “So Disrespectful”. He first gets at Jay who he claims is too big to respond, and also airs out former crew members The Game and Young Buck with lines like:

Come on Game you will never be my equal!
Your homies shoot, doors my niggas shoot people!
See me I’m what you never ‘gon be
I’m in that tax bracket you never ‘gon see

That nigga Buck a fiend, tell momma he done smoked the TV
I ain’t know he fucked with more dope than B.G.
Plus a nigga sipped more syrup than Pepsi
Man keepin these muthafuckers rich ain’t easy
Especially when a nigga wanna stunt like Jeezy

One common element found in all of 50’s albums are the mandatory Eminem collaboration. He appears on the chilling “Psycho” which sounds like a leftover track from “Relapse”. Though it’s not a “Patiently Waiting”, it’s still far better than “Peep Show” from Curtis. Some more usual 50 efforts are found here as well, such as club bangers. While there are very little radio/club oriented tracks on this album “Get It Hot” serves as the albums club record. Also, there’s Fifty’s usual tracks for the ladies. The first single “Baby By Me” has a far different sound than the majority of the album, but still falls into place. The smooth second single “Do You Think About Me” is dealing with relationships as well, but serves as a laid back track balancing the commercial potential tracks from the darker tracks on the album.
Throughout the album it’s obvious that 50’s intent of the project was to reclaim his throne in Gangsta Rap. Not only does he put himself back on the map, he puts New York Hip Hop back on the map as well with the album’s gritty production and street tales. There are excellent tracks like “Strong Enough”, “I Got Swag”, and “Crime Wave” that contribute to Before I Self Destruct‘s supremacy; but other tracks like “Get It Hot” and “Gangsta’s Delight” that it could’ve done without. Despite those two joints, 50’s latest album is a very solid release making it one of the best of his career and also 2009.

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