Nov 9 2009 02:40 PM ET

50 Cent's 'Before I Self-Destruct': EW's review

Categories: 50 Cent, News, Reviews

50 Cent’s long-awaited Before I Self-Destruct arrived as an exclusive iTunes Music Store offering today in an effort to combat widespread leaks; physical CDs will follow next Monday. Read on for EW’s review.

50 Cent
Before I Self-Destruct
Rap (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
After months of release-date delays and speculation about his commercial future, you might expect 50 Cent to be gunning for a pop crossover hit. Instead, he spends most of his fourth solo album doubling down on the kind of gritty gangsta-isms that will impress his most devoted fans even if they alienate many others. Growling violent threats over hard beats, 50 sounds the hungriest he has in years. Of course, there’s nothing remotely original about the formula he’s returning to, but at least he’s going through the motions with gusto. B– —Simon Vozick-Levinson
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Comments (1-13) of 13 Add your comment

  • Phil

    “Baby By me” Feat. Ne-Yo is the pop crossover hit he had been searching for to launch the album. As soon as I heard the track in August, I was like, okay, so they’re finally going to release it now…Anyways, i think the $9.99 price tag on itunes htis week for the deluxe version with both his film and the Jam Master Jay documentary is a great price for any hip-hop fan. But its for this week ONLY.

  • Jeff

    Does anyone really care about him anymore?

  • Officer Farva

    50 Cent = Rap’s Nickleback.


    let him self-destruct already .. sheesh

  • Notageek

    Best 50 cent album since Get Rich Or Die Trying. Album of the Year contender, easily better than The Blueprint 3. Its not for the suburbs though.

  • ASID

    That psycho song wass sooooooo good. Eminem and 50 cent are like the two coolest people ever

  • Blue Silver

    Time for this JOKER and lip-syncing Britney to go away!!! May the ‘The Cure’, ‘Duran Duran’ and ‘Depeche Mode’ rise again as the musical titans they were before!!!

  • Paul

    haha media followers make me laugh… this dude 50 keep putting out good music but you groupies are too busy following what others tell you…

    hopefully you don’t buy his cds and hopefully someday u stop commenting like a bunch of lonely women…


  • 50 Cent..Please retire!

    Simply put, 50 SUCKS ASS!

  • Dakloos

    His Best album to date, he should’ve releases this before Curtis!

  • G G G G-UNIT!!

    there are a buch of retarted haterz below commentin as usual becuz they have no lives except to critize good albums and artists lool…anyways 50 brings back the gangsta we all know and love..n 50 will release the 50th power of law mixtape soon..which will probably be as good as this album…trust me 50 ain’t finished by a long shot..

  • kade

    50 is cool and the album is great and i would hope all you people that r claimin they dont like his album maybe you should try listening to it yourself instead of riding other peoples feelings make your own opinions have your own thoughts make up your own minds dont let someone else narratewho u like for u

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