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Before I Self-Destruct (Edited Version) [Clean]

Before I Self-Destruct (Edited Version) [Clean]

November 16, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 16, 2009
  • Release Date: November 16, 2009
  • Label: Aftermath/Shady
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 57:15
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  • ASIN: B002VRCLBQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,972 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

If you wanted gangsta,50 gave you GANGSTA!!
Christopher James Love
I guess people are saying this is a good album because it has less girl songs on it then the other ones or something?
iumak
You will listen to the cd start to finish and enjoy the movies as well.
Farhan Latif

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Booker on January 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The last project from 50, that Curtis was a disappointment. This project here is much better. This is what I'm riding to.....

The Invitation
Then Days Went By
So Disrespectful
Psycho
Hold me Down (sort of compariable to Tupac's Me and My Girlfriend)
Stretch
Strong Enough
I Got Swag
Baby By Me
Do You Think About Me
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mikeisha Best on March 3, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was so excited to listen to 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" because I had just seen his movie, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" and listening to a lot of his music because my iPod's shuffle mode loves to surprise me with 50 Cent songs. You may think that I was let down because I gave this LP 3 stars and while I was expecting more, I still like the release as a whole. What I dislike most about 50 is that he will not branch out and work with other producers. I am not a fan of Dr. Dre's beats. I realize that he and Dre are close friends and that 50 is in his comfort zone working with him, but his music could be so much better if he worked with a better producer.

This album is lengthy; 16 tracks. It took me some time to listen to the entire work, but I never have a problem with lengthy albums because it means the artist gave you your moneys worth. Most of the tracks are mid-tempo. Out of the 16 tracks, only two stood out: "Psycho" and "Baby By Me." Those tracks are fantastic; 50 really did well. "Psycho" features one of the best to ever do it, Eminem, and together they made magic, even atop of a Dr. Dre beat. "Baby By Me" is 100% radio friendly. This song features Neyo and they both do a fine job. The beat is hot, too! In "So Disrespectful", he talks about Jay-Z, The Game and Young Buck. I like the track.

I recommend this album to fans of 50 Cent for it is not bad, it's just not his best work. His lyrics are still great and basically he's still the same 50 that we know and love.

Mikeisha's Top 5
1. "Baby By Me"
2. "So Disrespectful"
3. "Psycho"
4. "Do You Think About Me"
5. "Stretch"
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Regina Molina on December 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
i have waiting a long time for this album, but some cuts like baby by me, made me insecure that i was expecting of the album, but i would take it anyway, but we cannot judge a album for 1 song, then when crime wave came to the light i was Hell Yeah this hit hard, but in a few words to not making too long this is THE BEST ALBUM OF 2009 its extremely gangsta lyrics and production theres only like RnB 2-3 songs but these are not so bad, Before I Self Destruct is so different in the good way, comparing to these days corny hip hop and with an A-list of infinite guest rappers use in his albums (these albums better call for example "Jay-Z and Friends present The Blueprint 3"), 50 with Em in one Song in his Album its ENOUGH for it, and the production its extremely good even than the only A-List producer is Dre in 3 songs the and rest is at the same quality with not A-list producers, for last i have to say I am very proud of this album FINALY some Gangsta Rap to the media.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dain Binder on November 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Before I Self Destruct (2009) is an uncompromising view of life in the inner-city that focuses on how things can change without warning. When that happens, you can be forced into making decisions that alter your path and the life of those around you. The story is told from the view of Clarence (Curtis Jackson), who also adds insightful narrative of his thoughts and past throughout the film.

Clarence and Shocka (Elijah Williams) are nurtured and loved by their hardworking single mother. Shocka is gifted academically and excelling in school while Clarence works at the grocery store after his future as a talented basketball player was shattered when he was injured on the court. Coming home one evening Clarence walks by the scene of a shooting without much thought, that is, until the police come to the door with the news that their mother was killed during a shooting. Life gets even harder when Clarence comes home to find an eviction notice the same night he is fired from his job for stealing food to feed his little brother.

After committing an act that opens the door to an illegal life he starts working for Sean (Clifton Powell) as an enforcer. He enforces Sean's enterprise and the code of the streets with deadly force. Shocka's life keeps getting better because Clarence shields him from everything. He is a positive role model at home and keeps Shocka on the right path. As Shocka asks... How long can this continue?

7 out of 10 - Rated R - Overall it is a powerful and thoughtful film that will leave a lasting impression on you. A few hilarious moments are thrown in to offset some of the seriousness. The acting is pretty simple and mostly holds true to the story and life, although a few of the lines from non-lead actors come across unnatural and forced at times.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Lindberg on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In 2009, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson released his fourth album on Shady/Aftermath, "Before I Self Destruct." Despite some delays, the album proves to be worth the wait and easily 50's best since his classic debut album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."
The album starts off with the hard-hitting "The Invitation," which sets the tone for the entire album. The album continues with "Then Days Went By" and "Death to My Enemies." 50 then starts his typical diss record, this time targeting former G-Unit members Game and Young Buck. The song is good and in my opinion, is different from previous diss records like "Piggy Bank." 50 was simply responding to his peers this time, rather than starting the insults.
The whole album's tone is dark and gritty, until we reach the third single "Baby By Me" feat. Ne-Yo. The song is similar to previous r&b records from 50, such as "21 Questions" and "Build You Up." And while the record is an obvious pop attempt, it's creative and a standout. "Do You Think About Me" is another similar record, but another standout. The album wraps up with the street single "OK, You're Right," a heavy, up-tempo Dr. Dre produced track. And of course, "Could've Been You" feat. R. Kelly, which was originally set to appear on Dr. Dre's "Detox."
If you've missed the "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" 50 Cent, who showed appearances on "The Massacre" and "Curtis," you'll love this album. It's 50 at his gritty best, with seldom guest appearances. And when the guest appearances do happen, they work great. Eminem murders "Psycho," while Ne-Yo and R. Kelly fit the songs they're on. "Before i Self Destruct" might not be as great as his debut, but it's right up there. Well worth your money and time.
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