The more things change, the more they stay the same. Following the success of his debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," 50 Cent became a household name, and he did indeed get rich. Now, the Queens, N.Y.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Following the success of his debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," 50 Cent became a household name, and he did indeed get rich. Now, the Queens, N.Y., native returns with his sophomore set, "The Massacre." Sadly, the album is reminiscent of everything he has already done, from taking verbal shots at rival MCs ("Piggy Bank") to spinning macabre tales ("I'm Supposed to Die Tonight"). 50 shows little growth lyrically; similarly, lead single "Candy Shop" (featuring Olivia) is typical playa-friendly fodder. But he does show some signs of branching out creatively. The inventive "A Baltimore Love Thing" plays as a love letter until you realize it's about the relationship an addict has with her drug of choice—heroin. The sexy club anthem "Build You Up" (featuring Jamie Foxx) and the Hi-Tek-produced "Ryder Music" are highlights.—RH

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