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Released: 7th March 2005.

50 Cent - The MassacreThere are so many names in the rap game at the moment, and 50 Cent certainly is one of the biggest. Is he worth the hype?

His last album contained the anthem "In Da Club", but precious little else of note. Then there were the sleep-inducingly dull G-Unit singles, setting the expectations for "The Massacre" comfortably low.

The filthy opening single "Candy Shop" has already received significant airplay, and is safely the worst song we've been subjected to on the airwaves all year so far. However, mercifully, it's the only track that's really that OTT on the album (do we need to ask what "I'll let you lick the lollipop" is referring to?)

The rest of the album isn't overtly anything really, apart from dull. You can't hear the lyrics due to his grumbly vocals, and as you go through the album, the tracks all seem to merge into one. The only highlight is "Piggy Bank", a potential hit single, with its silly "Clinkety clank, clinkety clank, the money goes into my piggy bank" chorus line.

As you trudge through the album you find that the second half has marginally more of interest in it, with a few half decent samples. Unfortunately, it's all far too little and far too late.

* (matthew_dixon)

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