Preface By Gotty™
Oh my, where do we start?
Yes, we have a fantabulous list of what we think was good in 2007 & it’s almost near completion. Personally, as the de facto “figurehead,” the only thing I ask of our writers is to do is to write about what they like. It’s my belief that there’s plenty of music & material to hate…but we can leave those things for others, focusing our energies on the shit that’s worthy.
But, oh that TC, he’s such a rebel and would not rest or go unheard.
As the resident lead critic & after singing the praises of so many works, he simply had to voice his opinion on the albums he felt were sheer & utter feces this year. With his tireless efforts listening to so many unbearable albums that didn’t deserve our referencing, TC wanted the space & time to share with you his biggest letdowns for 2007.
Ladies & gents, TC Presents…
The Most Disappointing Hip-Hop Albums Of 2007 According To TC
50 Cent – Curtis
One of the year’s biggest sellers was unfortunately one of the most unoriginal. You would think after deciding to be on a first name basis with the public, we would get more of the man behind the music. But endless gun rhetoric filled 50’s third LP with more fluff than focus.
T.I. – T.I. Vs. T.I.P.
It’s no secret that staying hungry when you’re on top of the food chain is about as easy as your drunk prom date, but for whatever reason Clifford came half-hearted on his attempt at the storied concept album. The album was so uneven, all the singles came from the T.I.P. side.
Fabolous – From Nothin To Somethin
Loso bounced back in 2007 with an album so commercial that “Diamonds” literally came out of your speakers while listening. The overabundance of guest spots and heavy R&B themes made this soundtrack as forgettable as the first single. Which was “Diamonds” by the way.
Young Buck – Buck The World
G-Unit’s southern transplant was supposed to restore their former glory, but sloppy marketing and bad single choices made Buck The World your run-of-the-mill sophomore slump, both artistically and commercially.
Twista – Adrenaline Rush 2007
America will never get enough of the beloved sequel and ten years removed from the original, Twista decided to give the people what they’ve been yearning for. Unfortunately, a smorgasbord of screwed-up numbers combined with puzzling sugar-coated singles, hardly made Adrenaline Rush 2007 the return of the “old” Twista. Oh well, there’s always money in co-starring.
Havoc – The Kush
Solo albums in between group projects are always good for keeping brand names strong, but Mobb Deep’s Havoc’s buzz wasn’t nearly intoxicating enough to keep the thrill going for an entire album. Mundane murder material like “One Less Nigga” and “Get Off My Dick” just gave the listener the munchies instead feeding them satisfaction.
Keith Murray – Rap-Murr-Phobia
A feel good first single and clever album title wasn’t enough for veteran Keith Murray to win his way back into listener’s iPods. While time has definitely weakened the sting in his punchlines, it was the bland production on cuts like “We Ridin” and “Never Did Shit” that made this album scary for Keith’s future instead of in the hearts of wack emcees.
Joell Ortiz – The Brick
No one’s ever gonna accuse newjack Joell Ortiz of not having skills. But an album chocked full of chorus-less verses and constant references to New York hardly was the answer to the East Coast’s lyrical drought. And with no signs of the Aftermath album on the horizon, the title, The Brick, couldn’t have been more befitting.
Swizz Beatz – One Man Band Man
After the surprise success of “It’s Me Bitches”, all eyez were on the “Monsta” Swizz Beatz to deliver an album full of hits that lived up to his legacy. Unfortunately. we were given One Man Band Man, which was a fraud title, seeing that Swizz didn’t do 50% of the production, and it featured several corny one-liners and the inexcusable sample used on “Take A Picture.” You know your boy did that, but we wish he didn’t.
Paul Wall – Get Money Stay True
This sophomore slump was as quiet as a church mouse/as the singles didn’t appeal to his fanbase like the same sex/maybe too much grindin’ on the tracks like a skateboarder/or collabos with Juelz Santana and Snoop Dogg that were as forgettable as the remote control’s whereabouts/or maybe it was the muthafuckin’ NEVER ENDING metaphors and similes that Paul Wall likes to cram in every line of every verse!
Beanie Sigel – The Solution
Three out of four ain’t bad at all. Although the culprit for spoiling Roc-A-Fella’s perfect season was Beanie Sigel’s The Solution. Instead of the socio-economical thug we all grew to love, we were submitted to Chingy disguised as the Broad St. Bully as he blew money on women, in between shots of Patron while on his way to a mosh pit with Ozzy Osbourne. Oh well, three out of four ain’t bad at all!!!
Nore – Noreality
Chamillionaire – Ultimate Victory
Yeah, Chamillionaire is all for positivity but one of the most important aspects of the music is the credibility of the music itself. From the poorly written chrous on “The Bill Collecta” to the stilted delivery on “The Evening News”, Ultimate Victory was ripe with staleness. Guess a couple cuss words never really hurt anybody, huh?
Lil’ Wayne – ThA Carter III (Advance)
Even though these songs probably won’t be on the retail version of Carter III, shame on Dwayne for having the audacity to think everything he does in the studio is golden. “Kiss Me Baby”? What is that? Ode to self?
USDA – Cold Summer
The Snowman collaborated with his friends Blood Raw and Slick Pulla under the name U.S.D.A. to show how stereotypical the South can be with some of the most generic production and repetitive themes on Cold Summer: The Authorized Mixtape. With names like “Throw This Money” and “Ride Tonight”, there’s no surprise on the content, but the horrendous “Quickie” was the track to beat where Jeezy coerced the ladies to “let him hit it with his Nikes on.” No further comment is needed.
T-Hud – Undrafted
At press time, Troy Hudson has sold under hundred copies of this album…WORLDWIDE. If you own it and you’re NOT family, you must be a mastermind since you got the CD past the guards to the padded room.
Shop Boyz – Rockstar Mentality
“Party Like A Rockstar” kept the ringtones ringin’ with its crossover appeal, but where was the 2nd single? Could it be that the album was so bad that the label hoped the public wouldn’t get tired of the same guitar riffs over and over again? Yeah, that’s exactly what happened.
Pop Quiz: What were these guys individual names???
Tha Dogg Pound – Dogg Chit
It may look like Dogg Food, but 2007’s Dogg Chit was hardly reminiscent of Daz and Kurupt’s seminal-classic debut album. With an endless body count on wax and Kurupt surprisingly playing the weak link, the Dogg Pound’s lame act thankfully fell on deaf ears.
Plies – The Real Testament
Reminiscent of militant rappers dead prez and Trick Daddy, Plies emerged on the scene with a vendetta towards the system. But maybe youth counselor would be a more suitable occupation because tracks such as “1 More Time” and “On My Dick” exposed his inability to get his points across while staying on beat. And the moderately successful “Shawty” only added disorder to a predominately “street” LP, because like him and microphones, they didn’t belong alongside one another.
Gorilla Zoe – Welcome To The Zoo
If you caught yourself listening to Gorilla Zoe’s debut Welcome To The Zoo outside of a club or a vehicle with 22’s on the wheels, chances are you noticed some serious beat riding and lyrical blemishes galore. A strong vocal presence gives hope for a second chance, but if its anything like this sub-par effort, he should keep the monkey business for the mixtapes.
Boss Hogg Outlawz – Serve & Collect
History has shown us that when a star rapper puts his friends on, its generally for the love and not the art. Who is Slim Thug to fuck tradition up? Never straying from the usual tales of “ridin’ clean and stackin’ paper”, Serve & Collect serves its purpose for stereo systems while “rollin’ thru your hood” but nothing more.
Timbaland – Shock Value
Sure, Timbo scored a couple of club hits off this Hip-Pop compilation, but musical massacres of the worst kind with artists such as Fall Out Boy, and The Hives revealed an experiment gone seriously wrong. At least we got “Way I Are” from the all madness.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Strength & Loyalty
Cleveland’s original rap sensation burst on the scene early 2007, only to be greeted with production that didn’t quite suite their various vocal tones. And with atrocities like the Mariah Carey, Bow Wow featured “Lil’ Love,” it was evident that the newly formed trio were just as confused as their fans were for the move to Full Surface Records.
Mims – Music Is My Savior
For what it’s worth, everything that came outta Shawn Mims’ mouth wasn’t completely bullshit. When he proclaimed “I can sell a million saying nothin’ on the track”, he was sadly correct…to an extent. The singleÂ “This Is Why I’m Hot” did indeed go platinum, but for the rest of the pathetic excuse of an album, Mr. Mims can go down in history for being “hot” while having a “flop” at the same time.
Cassidy – B.A.R.S.
Cassidy had the perfect opportunity to let his personal tragedies become his artistic triumphs, but less-than-potent material forced B.A.R.S. to be just another filler induced biography. Maybe the fourth time will be the charm.
Guru – Jazzmatazz Vol.4
Installment #4 of Guru’s Jazzmatazz series made a serious dent…in the pillow of the listener after experiencing it. Already technically sound in the vocal department, the last thing he needed was monotonous instrumentation as his back drops for an hour. It’s like eating a pound of pasta before a marathon. It just doesn’t work.
8Ball & MJG – Ridin High
When “living legends” Ball & G have to resort to Nelly-esque foolishness like “Hickory Dickory Dock” or general foolishness like “Alcohol, Pussy, & Weed”, it’s probably a sign that the well has ran dry. Still lingering on the basically defunct Bad Boy South, Memphis’ finest dropped a straight dud that hopefully a label shift will prevent from ever happening again.