Hey, look. Everybody can’t win. For all the good that came of the year 2013, there was definitely some NOT GOOD. This is all based on personal taste of course. Look out for my BEST of 2013 on Tuesday New Year’s Eve.
Kanye West “Yeezus“
“For some publications, this is the # 1 album of the year. For me? Not even close. I know for some fans, if it’s weird and nonsensical, it’s artistic. This is not. This is Kanye’s ego/insecurity on overdrive. Some would say that his ego is always on overdrive. I would say, “A Spade is a Spade…and this look like Caine whooping yo a$$.” Sh*t is trash people. A army of (not-s0) ghost writers and producers couldn’t save this album. Yeezus has a point, it’s just buried beneath a haystack of dogsh*t. All isn’t bad. There are definitely some dope tracks but not enough for me to recommend it to hip-hop fans—let alone Kanye fans. Maybe next time bruh.”
Jay Z “Magna Carta Holy Grail“
“Hey, I like this album. I thought it was cool for 2013 Jay Z. That’s the problem. 2013 Jay Z isn’t the best lyricist. Sorry. Some of these beats missed the mark as well. We’ve reached a point where Jay Z’s bragging is a little annoying. I know, I know. He’s always been like that. Sure, he is still a hustler, but on a grander scale. I get that. Sh*t is just corny sometimes. And then there is “Bey Z”. I’m all for a man being into his family but sometimes it feels planted instead of natural. Idk. The album is solid. I bump what I like and skip what I skip. Compared to the albums that appear on my top 5 best? This album just wasn’t enough.”
Eminem “Marshall Mathers Lp 2“
“I just expected better. This was supposed to be the best album this year. When you name a album after, arguably, your best album-well expectations will be high. For me at least. Not a wack album by any stretch. It just feels like a collection of Eminem records. The track arrangement really bothers me. Bad Guy opens the album and it took me a verse or two before I knew what was going on. There are a lot of dope tracks here and Eminem is still one of the top lyricist but this album just failed to scratch that itch.”
Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge “Twelve Reasons To Die“
“I really didn’t expect this one to make THIS list. I’m a GFK fan and this was a different look. I loved the fact that it was a different look. Ghostface is a good story teller. I dug the album when it first came out. As the months went by, it got wack to me. Really wack. It was just boring. Sure, there was a story to follow but you get lost quick. It’s more like GFK was trying to make this work. That’s never a good thing. Maybe I’ll give it another go soon.” *yeezus shrug*
Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip “The Abstract & The Dragon“
“Another case where my expectations got ahead of me and I was left highly disappointed. I heard the track Thank You and thought we were about to get a mixtape filled with new hits from the duo, instead we got a best of with a couple of new tracks. It’s not even mixed well. Sure, I like most of the stuff on here. It’s just sounds dated and not something I, as a fan of both artist, was in demand for. That cover was ill too. smh.”
With the exception of Yeezus, you can’t go wrong checking out any of these projects. It’s all good. It comes down to personal preference. Check out my Best of the Year on New Year’s Eve!