On this day, exactly 12 years ago (March 3, 2005) 50 Cent dropped his second studio album The Massacre under Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope Records.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 1.14 million copies in its first week, a feat that’s only bested by Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show for the highest first-week sales of any hip-hop album ever. By 2017, the album has sold 5.46 million copies in US and 13.1 million worldwide.
The Massacre received generally positive reviews from music critics. It holds a score of 66 out of 100 at Metacritic. The album was nominated at the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album but lost to Kanye West’s Late Registration. It was ranked #25 best album of the year by Rolling Stone.
Eminem is featured only on “Gatman and Robbin” and also produced “Intro,” “I’m Supposed to Die Tonight,” “Ski Mask Way,” “My Toy Soldier” and “Gatman and Robbin.” Please support Fifty and stream the album on Apple Music below: