Hit List Part II - Most Disappointing Albums:
1. 50 Cent – Curtis
The industry's biggest pimp's last quality album was Get Rich or Die Tryin', but he could care less after this year's $100 million Vitamin Water payout. Curtis is on the wrong side of the industry divide between generic and innovative; "I Get Money" and "Straight To The Bank" quickly became the most played of the many mindless songs about green paper and "Amusement Park" is laughably simple. Timbaland and Justin Timberlake saved "Ayo Technology" from flopping and 50 just doesn't have the hunger that made GRODT a corner classic. No wonder Fitty got embarrassed by Kanye West's sales numbers in their September SoundScan scuffle - now where's that retirement he promised?
Everyone Point and Laugh Award:
Thank You Mr. Mosley and Mr. Timberlake Award:Ayo Technology ft. Timbaland & Justin Timberlake prod. Timbaland
2. Hi-Tek – Hi-Teknology 3
This one just saddened my hip-hop soul. Hi-Tek, one of the game's most underrated producers, has been on his beat grind since the Reflection Eternal days but struggles to put together a cohesive album on his own two. The production is good but not his best by any means - the urgent strings of "Handling My Bizness" and intense guitar riffs on "My Piano" are great but the LP suffers from too much pillow-soft, sleepy R&B loops. Although appearances from Talib Kweli, Ghostface, Raekwon, and Little Brother help make certain songs on Hi-Teknology 3 somewhat tolerable, it is plagued by no-name, C-list rappers (Chip the Rippa, anyone?). I'd rather have an LP of instrumentals, por favor.
Wish I Never Heard It Award:
3. T.I. – T.I. vs T.I.P.
This album was sorry - T.I.'s half-assed attempt at a conceptual album pitting one personality against another (gasp! how creative). "Big Shit Poppin'" and "You Know What It Is" are catchy enough to bump occasionally but don't push the envelope of Southern rap like "Live In The Sky" or tear the club up as much as "Bring 'Em Out." The skits are horrendous and it takes a verse from Jay-Z to keep listeners' attention. Did we really need to hear from Nelly again? Next.Would Not Subject My Worst Enemy to the Torture of this Track Award:
Show It To Me ft. Nelly
Let it Rock:
Watch What You Say To Me ft. Jay-Z
4. 9th Wonder – Dream Merchant Vol. 2
Worst Drug-Related Reference Ever Award:
Baking Soda ft. Big Treal
Always Grindin' Award:No Time To Chill ft. Little Brother
5. Drama – Gangsta Grillz The Album
When Outkast & Marsha Ambrosious dropped their track off Drama's debut CD, I got excited for this one. Little did I know, that's where the creativity stopped. Gangsta Grillz is as prepackaged, commercial, and generic as can be - you know your album is in trouble when the Katt Williams interlude outshines the majority of songs.
Ignorance At Its Worst Award:
Great Song, Not So Great Album Award:
Rounding Out the Top 10:
6. Young Buck – Buck The World
9. DJ Khaled – We The Best
10. Caltroit - Black Milk presents Caltroit
Other Notably Agonizing Albums:
Acelayone – Lightning Strikes
Chamillionaire – Ultimate Victory
Consequence – Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Cormega – Who Am I?
Median – Median’s Relief
Percee P – Perserverence
Paul Wall – Get Money, Stay True
RJD2 – The Third Hand
Twista – Adrenaline Rush 2007