Before I Self-Destruct

The Ted Nugent of hip-hop seems to have reached his Little Miss Dangerous phase. On Fiddy's fourth album, the muscle-bound-warrior routine is the only one he trusts, so he keeps milking it. He's still got the knack in the superb Dre production "Death to My Enemies," baiting Lil Wayne over a stand-up bass: "This ain't the Carter/Nigga, this is Sparta/It's harder." He crowds the guest list with Eminem (Octomom jokes? So last January!), R. Kelly and Ne-Yo, while threatening Young Buck and the Game in "So Disrespectful." This is an album where "Got more guns than a gun store" passes for wordplay — but that's how 50 sticks to basics.