Now that Entertainment Weekly has told us the 25 best, a lot of that shit on there was weak. Here are some overrated shit IMO.
1) Marshal Mathers LP. Eminem is Jesus to wiggaz. This guy is their savior, thats why you see Christgau and white people who should know better jock him. Armond White had him right. He was invented by MTV and Jimmy Iovine to perform a coup on hip hop. Dre stole his worst beats on this album. He should have found a better ghost producer to bite. As a matter of fact, this concluded The Good Dr’s comeback. He hasn’t done shit since, save one or two ghostwritten beats for 50. Also, Eminem’s alleged wit and humor are nowhere to be found on this shock jock album. I might as well listen to Howard Stern. This was the 7000th “The world Is Against Me” album. That might turn on your average moronic teenager from the burbs and loony lefty’s in The Village Voice, but it doesn’t cut it on any other level.
2) Illmatic-The New Rakim? How you gonna be the new Rakim when for the past 10 yrs you been using the same one dimensional mechanic flow? When was the last time Nas switched up his flow? Maybe it’s because he can’t do it. That’s why Jay Z buried him in 2001 in any sane persons opinion except for those TRL teenyboppers pretending Nas won to sound credible. I know what Nas is gonna say before he says it. Yep, we are all Zombies in a white man’s world, except for Nas, the biggest hypocrite in hip hop history. Nas tried to be Jay Z-like on It Was Written and I Am but flopped, now he’s pretending he some underground crusader. He wanted that mainstream love and success but lacks charisma or personality. Have you seen this guy interviewed? Might as well be talking to a statue. Illmatic is the Raging Bull of hip hop. Too obvios in its aspirations to be great, and Nas posturing as some street corner intellectual lets it down.
3) The Love Below- Middle America’s favorite type of black people. Nice and Wholsome. Even if they haven’t caught on to Andre 3000’s Prince routine, I can’t believe people are going around calling this lame album The best of 2003 and one of the best in history. Oliver Wang was right to give EW props for pointing out Aquemini is their best shit. What was Andre saying on The Love Below. “You are the prototype”. WTF does that mean? Personally, I think standards for lyricism are dropping with that kind of weak shit getting play. I’m still confused by that shit. Oh I get it, Andre 3000 plays a guitar, he must be a genius.
4) Black On Both Sides- Rappers like Mos Def get a free ride for being wack because of the popularity of neo-black power movements. MosDef is obviosly a fan of Malcolm X and probably watched Panther a few times too often. He has gone to the Emmyss to prove how revolutionary he is. All these freedom fighter MC’s want the good shit in life, they want the bling, the cars, the girls, they can’t get it, so this is their Get Out Of Unemployment Free Card. They can always go underground and fight the system as a career even though Mos Def is more Hollywood than Will Smith. OK, anyone who wants to be called landmark, revolutionary, doing “real music”., do like Mos Def do and start phony rebellion against I don’t know what. Jay Z has left these conscious clowns in the dust with his practical attitude to music and life.