After debuting with Get Rich or Die Tryin', expectations for 50 Cent's sophomore set were unrealistically high. Despite this, he seemed on pace to meet them. "Candy Shop" went straight to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Diss record "Piggy Bank" and beef with Jadakiss and Fat Joe kept him popping in the streets. That dual relevance worked, and The Massacre sold more first-week copies than its predecessor, in less time.

Regardless, there was an air of disappointment that loomed over the record. It was good, but certainly not a classic like Get Rich or Die Tryin'. However, what most people don't know is that hit records 50 Cent wrote for Game's The Documentary ("How We Do," "Hate It or Love It," and a reported four others) were originally intended for The Massacre. Perhaps 50's generosity cost him another classic? For that reason alone, the album's inability to live up to Get Rich or Die Tryin' deserves some slack.