Rappers’ Worst Albums
When it comes to our superstars, we fans expect a lot. So when the artists don’t deliver for whatever reason, it’s hard to stomach. Not to come across as a complete hater with this post – I actually tend to give most artists too many chances to impress me – but certain albums have ended up being huge letdowns, thus earning the distinction as the worst album in one’s catalog. These clunkers usually come after a few good/great albums, after said rapper has exhausted most of their witty metaphors and catchy hooks and simply stopped trying. It could just be shoddy production and/or poor judgment that’s to blame. It’s subjective, of course. One kid’s Soulja Boy might be the next kid’s Nas. And some are arguable, but certain albums, we can universally agree are the worst in someone’s career. The opposite of a classic.
Nas had Street’s Disciple, Eminem had Encore, and some consider Massacre to be 50 Cent’s WAE (worst album ever) even though it was only his second (damn). For a while, Common’s WAE was Electric Circus, but I’m gonna go ahead and throw Universal Mind Control in the ring. The pop sound ain’t for everybody, and Pharrell/The Neptunes (who produced a good portion of that album) are just a bad influence these days. Totally off the mark. Then there’s Jay-Z’s failed comeback, Kingdom Come, where the Intro “The Prelude” is pretty much the best song on there, right? The remaining tracks (save “Lost Ones” & “Beach Chair”) had me with the WTF face.
Not every rapper has the least-coveted WAE. To qualify, a rapper has to have released a considerable amount of albums (good ones) and if you’re already a W.O.A.T (Wackest Of All Time, according to Jackpot) then pretty much everything you put out sucks. I don’t think Kanye West or Ludacris have made any albums that are bad enough to be considered their worst. I could be wrong—feel free to dispute the above-mentioned WAEs. Any other contenders? Does Snoop have a worst album? LL Cool J, I’m sure? —clovito