There are two big stories behind 50 Cent's third album, Curtis (as in real name: Curtis Jackson). First, there's the promise he made that he would outsell Kanye West -- who was releasing his Graduation album the same day as Curtis -- or he would retire. Second, there's the album's original title, Before I Self Destruct, a fitting caption to the moody close-up of 50 on the cover, which looks much more troubled, concerned, and intense than anything on the album sounds. Referencing self-destruction would have been a gross misrepresentation of a full-length that repeatedly employs the tried-and-true 50 Cent formula -- heavy hooks, macho charisma, a dash of controversy, and some sly cleverness -- and features a collaboration with the ultra-suave Robin Thicke smack dab in the middle. The perfect soundtrack if 50's G-Unit empire begins opening cocktail lounges, "Follow My Lead" with lounge lizard Thicke is pure polish, a slow finger-snapper dressed up in an expensive suit that feels extremely comfortable. Equally at ease is the Timbaland production "Ayo Technology" featuring Justin Timberlake, an obvious single that's "been there, done that" for all parties involved. This doesn't mean it's bland, just safe. Same goes for both "Amusement Park," which is as empty-headed and hook-filled as "Candy Shop," and "I'll Still Kill" with Akon, which offers no surprises, just another melody that refuses to leave the head. Also from the high-profile department and pushing a little harder is the emotional "All of Me," which finds Mary J. Blige and 50 displaying some passionate chemistry, and "Fire," which succeeds not because of the underwhelming Dr. Dre production or the severe chorus from Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, but because of 50's inspired verses, one of which gives up "You can hate this/But face it/B.I.G. and 2Pac/Just ain't around." "Get a tan?/I'm already black/Get rich?/I'm already that" comes from "I Get Money," a classic "I run New York" swagger-fest in the G-Unit style. The third killer verse on the full-length is much too foul to repeat and comes from Eminem, who also produces the great "Peep Show" and makes 50 sound hungry for a change. As far as Dre rapping on "Come & Go," he's got two lines, and as far as controversy, "Fully Loaded Clip" flippantly drops some big names for the sake of mischief while "Man Down" is censored no matter what version you buy, since Interscope isn't so keen on cop-killing lyrics. In the end, Curtis is entertaining but only impressive in that 50 can run in place and still be on top.
Performance Credits50 Cent Primary Artist
Dr. Dre Guest Appearance
Jeff Bass Keyboards
Mary J. Blige Guest Appearance
Mark Batson Keyboards
Timbaland Guest Appearance
Eminem Guest Appearance
Justin Timberlake Guest Appearance
Young Buck Guest Appearance
Eric Krasno Bass,Guitar
Nicole Scherzinger Guest Appearance
Tony Campana Keyboards
Adam Deitch Keyboards
Tony Yayo Guest Appearance
Robin Thicke Guest Appearance
Dawaun Parker Keyboards
Detroit Red Keyboards
Technical CreditsDr. Dre Producer
Jeff Bass Composer
Brooks Honeycutt Composer
Steve Baughman Engineer
Tyrone Fyfee Producer
50 Cent Executive Producer,Audio Production
Justin Timberlake Composer
Nancie Stern Sample Clearance
Philly Blunt Engineer
Eric Krasno Programming,Producer
Tony Campana Engineer
Adam Deitch Programming,Producer
Curtis Jackson Composer
Tony Yayo Engineer
Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri Engineer
Alonzo Vargas Engineer
Jake One Producer
Frankie "Whispers" Zago Engineer
Robert "Roomio" Reyes Engineer
K Lassik Beats Producer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild Engineer
Ky Miller Engineer
Don Cannon Producer,Engineer
Taj "Mahal" Brown Instrumentation
Hailey "Silence" Campbell Producer
Teraike "Chris Styles" Crawford Producer
Detroit Red Producer
Dean "Freak" Farmer Producer
Andrea "Fluterscooter" Fisher Producer
Gary Hadfield Engineer
Ian Stewart Engineer
Tha Bizness Producer
Kirk Robinson Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Curtis based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Well, I have been following 50 Cent for some time now and all I have to say is, this man is worn out. I actually previewed the whole album online and it stinks. It sounds like his second album The Massacre. 50 Cent has no creative drive anymore. His first album was the best one. After that he just fell off. He was brain-washed commercially so he lost his view of urban life completely. He lost it for glamour and money. Actually, all of the rap music that is out now stinks. I am definitely through with rap music, thank God. I will not waste a dime on rap artists ever again. 50 Cent can go blow on his own horn. This album is garbage.
well this album isnt 5 stars but i give it 4 stars. 50 is still "slick with words" and throwing out disses that you have to listen for. for example in "fully loaded clip" how he just happen to say that trina was running game on lil wayne cause she was dating young buck too. i love 13 out of 17 its a good cd but i heard better from 50
"It seems, though, like he thinks he can put one over on us and put all the pieces together to make the CD sell, instead of just focusing on making good music." well, ya, he's a hustler, ask about him. CD is awesome.
i know when i hear good music but since 50 cent made this album hes been going straight downhill this album is a poor example of rap music i listen to rock bands who do a little rap music themselfs like mushroomhead and slipknot but this has to be 50 cents worst album to date look what i suggest you buy youll thank me later also plus mushroomhead and slipknot blow 50 cent out of the water
Im glad 50s reign is over.50 never had anything positive to say and this album changes nothing.Too many brothers will get blown away or locked up forever for trying to emulate this fake snitch,who was shot 9 times for being a narc.If you want real rap check out eric b and rakim
Dammit 50...man to be honest in this whole 50 vs Kanye West competition, I knew Kanye would win hands down. I got both albums, and I have to say that I've never been so let down by fifty. Coming from a true G-Unit fan...rocked the G6 IIs and the G-Unit clothing and proudly blasted 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and Tony Yayo, even bought the video game, (couldn't swallow down the Formula 50 though, it tastes like creek water) Anyway point is I used to be a huge 50 Cent fan, but now it seem that that time has ended. Curtis did not excite me after the first two singles. Straight to the bank was a catchy lil' joint, and Amusment Park was Candy Shop all over again dear lord. I get money instilled a little hope in me that the old 50 hadn't died yet, and the hot and flashy Ayo Technology almost put me back on the team, but every last track except for the ones mentioned disappointed and let down. This album is horrible. Simply put, don't waste yor time. Fifty boasts that he doesn't need to rap anymore to survive. I hope that's true because this is the end of the road for him.
50 cent new album i really think he put in alot work into it. He didn't just want to make a cd with just gangsta rap he rather get street play and commerical play at the same time to put out a album.
a lot of street records & club hits, and he kept it real, just what the fans wanted
If you like "heavy" rap this is for you. Fiddy mixes it up and duos with Justin Timberlake on a song. Personally I loved Graduation by Kanye West, a slower yet strong rap album. And he won the rap battle.
I have to agree with the reviewer before me. I have been a huge 50 fan since back when he was with Trackmasters, and I feel that he has grown with every release up until "Curtis." While "I Get Money" and "Ayo Technology" are hot songs, after a few spins the rest of the CD comes off as pretty lackluster. Maybe it will grow on me. It seems, though, like he thinks he can put one over on us and put all the pieces together to make the CD sell, instead of just focusing on making good music. He is looking at things from too much of a business perspective, and the music suffers for it. He still has a nice flow so it's not a complete loss for die-hard 50 fans, but it could have been a lot better. Surely he still has the capacity to put out more classic CDs, but this one is a letdown.