Sunday, May 12, 2013
Best of the Wackness pt 2
Earlier this month i listed the best songs to the some of the wackest artists out right now and promised i would come back with the big brother post. So this right here is the best projects that these wack rappers have done in their careers so far. This shit is rare that dope stuff comes out of these people's mouth so cherish it. Time stopped while they were recording and everything just seemed to fall in the right place for them. It was lightning in a bottle for these guys and to their credit they took advantage. So in honor of OJ Da Juiceman i give you the Best of the Wackness Part Deux. This was tough for me to go through all their stuff so please don't piss on this post.
I summed up why I prefer Thank Me Later more than his other projects here but i'll refresh your guys memory if you don't wanna look back. This was his album that made me want to throw up the least and i was actually feeling some of the tracks but nothing that would make me wanna go back and listen to them again. Let's put it this way...at no point since i listened to the album have i though to myself "oh shit what was that drake track called?" I also don't like how he won Best Rap Album when his latest wasn't even a rap album meanwhile Killer Mike's Rap Music didn't even get a nod but i digress. It seems like he is getting back to the Thank Me Later sound though with Started From The Bottom but who knows how the rest of the album will be. I, like the rest of the male population, will not be anticipating it so it makes no difference to me. But if i see it gets reviews i'll check it out for sure.
The choice for best Wiz project was actually a lot closer than i thought it would be. I almost forgot how much i enjoyed Burn After Rolling but Kush & OJ was just too good to be denied the top spot. That is the tape that put Wiz on the brink of superstardom and later that year he dropped Black And Yellow to signify he had indeed broken through to the mainstream. I heard a couple stuff off of Taylor Alderdice and O.N.I.F.C and was just like "nah, i'll pass on that." Even though a lot of people hated it i fucked with Cabin Fever heavy before it eventually fell out of the rotation. That had some bangers on there i don't care what others say. Anyways I wrote about Kush and OJ on a previous post and to sum up what i said about real quick is that i liked the beats more than anything and how they flowed together with his words. He wasn't trying to drop knowledge or anything like that and he did what he set out to do which was to let the world know how much weed he smokes and how much he parties. Wiz may get knocked around for being soft or corny or an idiot sometimes but he stays in his lane and does what he does. Also he is a good live performer so bonus points for him there.
Like the Wiz one, deciding which project for Wale was the best was closer than i initially thought. Looking back on A Mixtape About Nothing made me realize it was actually a clever breath of fresh air incorporating Seinfeld into all the tracks. Who would have ever combined Seinfeld and Wale into one project? More About Nothing continued the nothing series and Wale fine tuned it. He gets a lot of shit nowadays for being soft, a pussy, corny, and whatever else but at the end of the day the man can spit and if you need evidence just check these two and his Back To The Feature tape with 9th Wonder. That would have been the one to make the list except for the fact that it wasn't really a Wale project. Even his cliche smokers song The Breeze with Wiz has some real good wordplay and multi rhyme schemes. And with Wiz on the track it showed how much inferior of a lyricist Wiz is to Wale whatever that means. I like that Wale touches on a bunch of topics and even has some songs for the club. Shit i mean he has Roscoe Dash's Billboard number 1 hit on here. To sum it up short if Ambition was your first introduction to the man from DC then give the guy a mulligan and check out either The Nothing series or Back To The Feature because the MMG debut didn't do him justice. Being honest i haven't heard Folarin or The Eleven One Theory yet because who has time to check out new Wale stuff. Have you ever heard anyone say Wale is your favorite rapper? But maybe i'll check it in the future and if those can top More About Nothing i'll be sure to change my opinion. Although as i write this i am listening to the intro on Folarin and i feel like i want to cross kick Wale in the chest Charlie Murphy style. If you're going to be hard go back to Retrosuperfuture. Like chyea ima chill right chyea.
I do not think Asher Roth is wack in any sense and i feel he just fucked up with I Love College because he has not been able to shed the stigma that he is still the same guy that he was back in 2009. That being said this was a tough choice between Rawth and Pabst & Jazz. I enjoyed Rawth more so than the latter because i felt i was skipping too many songs with Pabst & Jazz. Although i do feel Asher's future projects will sound more like P&J more than anything he has done in the past, his joint project with Nottz was just dope. His storytelling was on point, his flow was on point, the tracks were sequenced well, the production matched what he was going for and i feel like i learned more about Asher in this project than in any other thing that he has done which is always a bonus. There wasn't anything i disliked about the project either. I don't feel the need to skip any tracks and the only minor gripe i could think of is that Asher still hasn't proved he could hold down a project of his own because Nottz spit on every track. But it was a collabo and it was damn near flawless. I fuck with this and still stays in the rotation.
I'll be honest. I wasn't about to waste my time listening to all his shit so Hotel California wins by default.
I was going to put The Warm Up on here but then i remembered i haven't checked out his Truly Yours release from earlier this year. So i gave it a chance and i was surprised. It sounded like that hunger came back and he went back to making music he wanted to instead of pressure music he had to make for Roc Nation. He has always been a personal/third person writer when making songs but he usually had some very bad lines in his verses. On Truly Yours he kept the same storytelling ability but left off the wack lines. Oh and i didn't know this before but i guess J Cole really HATES his step dad. Anyways Truly Yours has some competition. Like i said The Warm Up was going to take the spot before i gave the former a listen and i also enjoyed The Come Up and to a degree Friday Night Lights. I'm still convinced Friday Night Lights was supposed to be his label debut but Jiggaman said nope and it got released as a free project so i lightweight kinda feel bad for him. Well Cole Summer comes out in June so who knows if that project can top this one in terms of quality. It's going to be tough if he follows the same formula as his debut.
I know Mac explored his "creative" side with Macadelic and has been doing more production stuff lately as Larry Fisherman but his most enjoyable project was the one that put him on the map back in 2010. The High Life was cool but this perfectly described Mac as a person. Don't let his recent "dark" moody stuff fool you, we all know KIDS is like an autobiography. That being said, when i figured out that was the best he could do i decided to say fuck it and haven't really given him a listen since then. Although i see that he has been working with some real artists lately so i just might have to give him another chance but i would have to be real bored and literally have nothing better to do but we'll see.
I mentioned in part 1 that i wasn't too fond of this guy's [woman beater] music and i admit i have never listened to his album so this is what i did. I went on to wikipedia to look at his discography and looked at each album. Whichever album turned up with the most tracks that i liked, i would claim that to be my favorite album. And the winner is...Chris Brown. His self titled debut at the age of 16 had 3 songs on there that i liked which were Gimmie That, Run It, and Excuse Me Miss. The common denominator in these 3 is that Chris Brown does not appear on the song writing credits, surprise surprise. I pray to God no one feels sorry for Rihanna when she gets another beat down.
Was it just me or did anyone else find it weird that only did Big Sean ironically name his first three mixtapes Finally Famous 1,2, and 3 when he wasn't even famous but then he named his debut album Finally Famous as well. Shouldn't that be Finally Famous 4 or maybe i missed class on the day they taught us to count but i digress. I'll be honest, i couldn't stand this guy's voice so my confession is that i never actually listened to a whole project of his. And it is something i do not regret one bit. This tape has the world famous hashtag flow he claims he created on Supa Dupa even though Cam'ron said "i throw my two arms up...touchdown" a decade earlier yet he doesn't claim to be the inventor so idk. If you are one of the rare people to actually sit through one of his projects, you have my sympathy.
I know i'm cheating here but let's be honest. I don't even think Lil B himself has listened to all of his projects so i'm going with The Pack's debut album. If you don't know who The Pack is aka you didn't grow up in the Bay circa 2005 that's okay. Along with Lil B there was Stunnaman, Lil Uno, and Young L. They combined to make some of the most ignorant teenage anthems at the tail end of the hyphy movement. They got national attention with Vans, had Tyga in their video for In My Car and pretty much defined the scene going around for Bay Area teens at the time. Booty Bounce Bopper is a slap and my personal favorite is I'm Shinin. They needa reunite. What's Uno and Stunnaman been up to these days?
This was probably the easiest choice for me out of all the artists. Not only were Roman's Revenge and Roman's Reload just straight terrible and unbearable if you are a hip hop fan it was sad to see because she showed on Beam Me Up that she can flow. I understand she is signed to Young Money so they are in the business of making dollars which means we shoulda saw it coming. But she said her next album is going back to her roots or some shit like that so hopefully she comes up with an album's worth of Monster verses. Anyways i don't wanna get too deep into it so if you wanna check the tape out you guys know what it's called.
Well there you have it. I'm sure you guys hate my picks so tell me which of their projects are the best, i'm open to all opinions. Just please don't try to convince me that Chris Brown has made an album that is worth taking time out of my non busy day to sit and listen to. AYE...OKAYYYY
Andre Nickatina- The Ave
if the beat sounds familiar you will notice that it is the one Puffy stole for Biggie's Juicy.