Any project that starts with Mannie Fresh yelling at me saying that “bisexual” means “two” is an automatic feature on a list of this nature. Now, Wayne, we all know the craziness that’s gone down over the past year-plus within YMCMB/CMR. And Wayne, we know that you’ve still got fire in you. Hell, Wayne, we, as fans of music, kind of want to see you get it back together completely.
But, bruh…this was not the way to come back–especially when you’d shown some flashes of “Good Wayne” on S4TW2.
Oh, yeah, sure. Some of the “critics” actually enjoyed this. “Oh, Wayne’s so irreverent. He’s really lacking restraint.” So, spazzing–and not in a good way–on an album is art? Then, hell. One Year Later is one of the greatest albums of all-time.
I think that part of the “weakest” factor that I’ve attached to this project is this: No Ceilings OG was actually a damn good mixtape. I had that joint in rotation for a year, at least. Word of advice, to all rappers: If you drop a dope-ass album/mixtape/whatever, please make sure that, if you ever do a “sequel” to it, the sequel still goes hard. Otherwise, you’re shitting on the legacy that the original made. NC2 is quite asswater.
Mayday (I think that’s his name, since his mixtapes usually feature a million and one tags) – Hunger Pains
I hate going in on indie artists, especially since I used to be one. I get the plight of the indie DIY artist. So, again, I hate going in on them and/or “struggle bars.”
Unless they deserve it. Then, by all means, let’s eat them alive.
Where do I begin? Do I begin on the fact that this guy uses a million and one tags on his DatPiff page to pull folks in? Do I begin with the fact that he sounds as interested as Donald Trump at a BLM rally? Or do I begin with the fact that he’s just plain “meh” with a side of “no, sir. Please get a real job?”
He has a decent ear for beats (most of them are really just remixes/sound-alikes of industry beats, though, so…) and he has some decent bars. However, those decent bars and okay beats are overshadowed by his humdrum delivery. It makes me doubt whether or not he believes what he’s saying. And if he doesn’t believe it, how the fuck am I supposed to believe it? If you’re an indie artist, even if your bars aren’t the best, find a way to keep folks interested and invested in what you’re saying–even if it’s complete bullshit.
Would I prefer my indie artists to be real, lyrical, and entertaining? Fuck, yes. I prefer all my artists like that. But, if you can’t be lyrical, at least be entertaining. If you’re fake with boring, ho-hum bars? Man, you know you fucked up, right?
Young Jeezy – I Am The Street Dream
Wiz Khalifa – Prince of the City
This is a weird choice, I’ll admit. Why? Well, I actually like it. But, he’s got that bargain-bin Juelz feel for a lot of it. Lyrically, he’s on point for most of it. But, I don’t know. I can’t shake the feeling that Wiz was just trying to mimic what was hot at the time (and Dipset was hot at the time) like Kendrick Lamar with a lot of his earlier K Dot stuff. His (real) voice doesn’t shine through and we’re left with Wiz Khalifa giving us his best Dipset–or even Young Gunz–impression. I guess, to be fair, he was only 17, 18 or so when this joint dropped. Most folks around that age, lyrically and otherwise, are just finding their voices…
Romeo – I Am No Limit
Now, we can say all we want about Bow Wow. However, he knew his lane. Romeo Miller, before he started repping ICDC College, dropped I Am No Limit, where he threatens to go all C-Murder on folks. Now, I love No Limit albums. Pen and Pixel covers were a major part of my childhood. This dumpster dive, though? Master P should’ve told his son to step his bars up, toss the ripped-from-Soundclick beats, and not do a Weezy-meets-Silkk tha Shocker impersonation.
He has, over the five years since this tape dropped as Maserati Rome (I guess that’s his name now). But, this tape wasn’t exactly the reintroduction Romeo needed. Plus, that cover. The cover looks like he’s about to audition for a Magic Mike porno spoof, not attempt to reestablish his last name among the legends of the game. If only he would’ve dropped Fighting Monsters in 2011 instead of this. Ah well.
Mase – G-Unit Radio Part 16
…maybe. I’m still like “what?” over how he went from gangsta rap to preaching to happy rap to preaching to…Instagram failing.