The Massacre is the second studio album by American rapper 50 Cent, released on March 3, 2005 by Shady Records, G-Unit Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances from Eminem, The Game, Jamie Foxx, Olivia and Mobb Deep, among others. The album also includes four hit singles: \"Candy Shop\", \"Disco Inferno\", \"Just a Lil Bit\" and \"Outta Control (Remix)\".
The Massacre was a commercial success, selling 1.14 million copies in its first week and debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. It became the sixth best-selling album of 2005 in the US and was certified six times platinum by the RIAA. The album also received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised 50 Cent's lyrical skills, catchy hooks and production quality. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards, but lost to Kanye West's Late Registration.
The Massacre was originally titled The St. Valentine's Day Massacre and scheduled for a February 15, 2005 release, but it was postponed for the following month due to a feud between 50 Cent and fellow rapper The Game. Some of the songs that were intended for The Massacre were later given to The Game for his debut album The Documentary, such as \"How We Do\" and \"Hate It or Love It\". The feud between the two rappers escalated after a shooting incident at a radio station in New York City on February 28, 2005. However, they later reconciled their differences on March 9, 2005 at a press conference organized by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
The Massacre is considered one of 50 Cent's best albums and one of the most influential rap albums of the 2000s. It showcases 50 Cent's versatility as a rapper, as he explores different themes and styles throughout the album. The album also reflects 50 Cent's rise to fame and fortune, as well as his struggles with violence and betrayal. The Massacre is a testament to 50 Cent's impact on the rap game and his legacy as one of the most successful rappers of all time.
The Massacre also showcases 50 Cent's skills as a hitmaker, as he delivers some of the most infectious hooks and beats of his career. The album features production from Dr. Dre, Eminem, Scott Storch, Hi-Tek, Needlz and others, who craft a diverse sonic palette that ranges from hard-hitting gangsta rap to smooth R&B. The album also benefits from 50 Cent's chemistry with his collaborators, especially Eminem on the comic book-inspired \"GATman and Robbin\" and Mobb Deep on the explosive \"Outta Control (Remix)\".
The Massacre received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised 50 Cent's charisma, versatility and commercial appeal. However, some critics also noted that the album lacked originality, depth and coherence, and that 50 Cent relied too much on his formula of catchy hooks and violent lyrics. The album was also criticized for its excessive length (22 tracks) and its inclusion of some filler tracks. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards, but lost to Kanye West's Late Registration.
The Massacre is one of the best-selling albums of the 2000s, with over 5 million copies sold in the US and over 13 million copies sold worldwide. The album cemented 50 Cent's status as one of the biggest stars in hip-hop and pop culture, and influenced many other artists in the genre. The album also spawned several controversies, such as 50 Cent's feuds with other rappers, his legal issues with bootleggers and his involvement in a shooting incident. The Massacre is a landmark album in 50 Cent's discography and a testament to his musical talent and cultural impact. ec8f644aee