The Massacre

 
Testosterone poisoning disguised as music.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sexist and misogynistic, with an underlying "bonus" message that problems can only be solved with violence.

Violence

Very violent, including gun photos and sound effects.

Sex

Very explicit.

Language

As strong as it gets.

Consumerism

An insert advertises Reeboks and includes a discount card.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several explicit references to drugs and drug users.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the strong language, violent imagery, and super-consistent sexism might make this sometimes interesting album uncomfortable for them. It's really not a good choice for kids, and we don't recommend it for anyone under 17. Also, note that the edited version had to be SO edited that is sounds like nonsense -- it's not worth buying.

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What's the story?

Remove the sleeve of the deluxe edition of 50 Cent's THE MASSACRE, and you'll see a photo of the artist aiming a gun at the camera, surrounded by a display of firearms of all kinds. The booklet in the edited version instead includes a photo of the artist pouring water into the cleavage of a scantily clad woman. No surprise, then, when you hear the album, which begins with a girl's voice sighing over a valentine, followed by blasts of gunfire. With an intensity so overdone that it would seem like self-parody if his lyrics weren't so deadly serious, 50 Cent weakens the power of his talent by indulging in this fierce and fatal machismo throughout the CD.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Strong language and constant references to guns, violence, drugs, and explicit sex with objectified women combined with monotonous backing tracks and monotone delivery make The Massacre a hard album for any parent to love. It's too bad, because 50 Cent is a good songwriter. The instrumental tracks are beautifully produced and sometimes even mesmerizing; the lyrics are the work of an obviously intelligent, hard-working man. But they are also unrelentingly nasty, especially if you're female, and the lyrics send a loud-and-clear message that problems are best solved with violence. There isn't a young person in the world who really needs to hear this CD.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why they think 50 Cent feels he needs to use violence, sex, and profanity to get his point across, if their teens end up listening anyway. It might be worth having a conversation about what exactly they like about this music, and what is the difference between the man 50 Cent and the myth he is trying to build?

Music details

Artist:50 Cent
Release date:March 1, 2005
Label:Aftermath
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent of a 14 year old Written byJarHead May 12, 2014
age 2+
 

Good for kids all ages

Great Messages to anybody any age.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Educator Written byMychemicalstinkpants February 14, 2011
age 17+
 

very violent album is not for kids

i love violent rap 50 cent is my faveriot rapper but be warned the violence gets grafic
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written bydudeman123 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

not bad

i think this is a great cd and parents if your kids want this cd and there like 12 or something there is a simple solution just get the edited version duh!!!!

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