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1.0 out of 5 stars This is the best album of the year????, 3 July 2005
This review is from: The Massacre: Special Edition (Audio CD)
While I found 50's first album pretty boring and uninventive, i assumed it was just down to the fact that like most artists it would take him an album to get the hang of it. He didn't. Undoubtably this was the most hyped up and eagerly awaited album of the year, but half the album is filler, and the other half is boring. I can honestly say after buying it I've listened to it maybe twice. Possibly the song that I was most looking forward to was Piggy Bank, the apparently amazing diss song, that will destroy Nas, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Ja Rule and Shyne. But listening to it is laughable when you compare it to Jadakiss's Check Mate, or Shyne's For The Record. Everywhere I read now, people keep talking like 50 is some sort of lyrical T-rex, but this diss song is soooo weak. I just can't wait until Nas releases a song with the caliber of Ether on 50.
Eminem should sit down with 50 and tell him that even gangstas can talk about love or some sort of emotion (other than anger). Think about all of the greats (BIG, Pac, Jay-Z etc) none of them were (or are) afraid to talk about something other than shooting people (eg BIG's Suicidal Thoughts), however if 50 gets off of the subjects of killing or sex he seems sadly lost. In 1 song he seems stupidly proud of A Baltimore Love Thing, 50 uses a method already used by Nas and Tupac, (who both use extended metaphors to rap about guns) 50 attempts to rap along as if he is herion, but seems miserably confused, at times he is herion and at other times he seems to forget and raps as some sort of abusive husband.
His rhymes seem pathetic and ridiculous, I mean I would challenge anyone to find 5 songs on the album where 50 doesn't rhyme the words HOOD and GOOD. His flow is weak at times, and on The Guns Come Out, appears to attempt to sing, which really is just funny.
Personally i like both more hard core rap along with pop rap, so it's not his 'popiness' which I dislike about 50, it's his complete lack of a likeable personality and his obbession that no one can rival him despite the poorness of his rhymes. I could rip into every single song on the whole album, but I won't.
PS the bonus DVD of 50 live in concert is also pathetic, and definitly cemented in my mind that I should never ever ever ever see him perform live. His whole show seems to revolve around taking off his shirt, and putting his middle finger up at the crowd. WHAT A GENIUS.
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