The Massacre

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Testosterone poisoning disguised as music.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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


Very violent, including gun photos and sound effects.


Very explicit.


As strong as it gets.


An insert advertises Reeboks and includes a discount card.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several explicit references to drugs and drug users.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 7-year-old Written byKvothe the Ruh October 15, 2019
Fiddy is my man!
Common Sense Media what are you on giving this two stars?!
Adult Written byAlexandre M. February 20, 2018
It has more sexual innuendo then get rich or die trying
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written bykcoateston April 9, 2008

The best!

I love this cd. I think 5o cent did a wonderful job on it. But some ages should not listen to it.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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