While XXL firmly believes rappers—like anyone else—are entitled to their opinions, oftentimes when they match their work to influential album titles, it rarely lives up to the hype—often built by the rapper and its cohorts. From Saigon claiming his long-delayed debut as “better” than Illmatic to Wale likening his work to Reasonable Doubt, there’s nothing wrong with comparing, as long as the work speaks for itself. With that said, here are eight other cases that XXL considers far-fetched rap album comparisons by rappers. —Christopher Minaya (@CM_3)
Album: Loso’s Way (2009)
Loso did not have his way in capturing as much essence of his film (1993’s Carlito’s Way) as Jay-Z did with (2007’s American Gangster).
Saigon - 620
Album: The Greatest Story Never Told (2011)
The Greatest Story Never Told almost never got told; it took four years to drop, and it is as close to Illmatic as oil is to water.
Wale - 620
Album: Ambition (2011)
It was an ambitious dream that was not realized.
Ross - 620
Album: Trilla (2008)
Rozay managed to dismiss the sophomore jinx and remained consistent, but Trilla was no Thriller.
Wiz Khalifa - 620
Album: O.N.I.F.C. (scheduled to release on 2012)
H.N.I.C. broke bread, ribs, and hundred dollar bills. O.N.F.I.C. is unlikely to mirror much, if any, of the content P rapped about on his solo LP.
Ross & Drake - 620
Album: God Forgives, I Don’t (scheduled to release on 2012)
Comparing Rozay’s upcoming LP to Ready to Die might be blasphemy; thankfully, God forgives.
T.I. - 620
Diggy - 620
Album: Unexpected Arrival (2012)
Diggy arrived at the conclusion that his low-selling album warranted comparison to Hova’s debut LP. The kid really has great expectations.