Unfortunately there was a long list of disappointing Hip-Hop albums that were released in 2012. Some were slightly disappointing from the likes of people like Lupe Fiasco and T.I. and others grossly disappointing from rappers like Prodigy and Busta Rhymes. They all couldn’t make the list, but here are the albums that did…
10. Big K.R.I.T. – Live From the Underground
Big K.R.I.T.’s Live From the Underground was actually a good album. The reason it makes the top 10 most disappointing Hip-Hop albums of 2012 is because it should have been so much better. Dope mixtapes, hot guest verses, headlining tours, and a co-sign from Def Jam led up to the release of Live From the Underground which was supposed to be a monumental event—it wasn’t.
9. Game – Jesus Piece
Game released his fifth solo album in 2012 and while it had its moments, overall it failed to deliver. An overabundance of guest appearances and a seemingly concerted effort to sound like everyone he’s rapping with is what doomed Jesus Piece. Game went for dolo on only one song on Jesus Piece and the majority of the time he morphed into a southern rapper. Jesus Piece didn’t sound like the same Game that represents the W, instead it sounded like a Game that followed the current trends.
8. Slaughterhouse – Welcome to Our House
The best rapping rap group since the Wu-Tang Clan is easily Slaughterhouse. All four members of the crew are superior lyricists but history has shown that great lyricists don’t always make great music—see Canibus. I won’t equate Slaughterhouse’s second album to anything that Canibus ever did. In fact, Welcome to Our House has some good stuff on it. At times the music just seems a little forced and too Eminem-like. The lyrics aren’t the problem with Slaughterhouse, it’s the music. Eminem’s fingerprints being are all over Welcome to Our House is what made it one of the most disappointing albums of 2012.
7. KRS-One – The BDP Album
The name Boogie Down Productions is associated with greatness. Out of the five albums released under the BDP banner three of them are classics and the other two are really damn good. When KRS-One reunited with his brother Kenny Parker to drop The BDP Album my interest was piqued. The result was another avoidable album by the Blastmaster. The BDP Album doesn’t resemble Boogie Down Productions at all. It’s just a collection of KRS songs with no value, sub-par beats, and diminishing lyrical ability.
6. 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story
OK, I didn’t exactly have high hopes for the 2 Chainz album. 2 Chainz ain’t exactly a modern day Rakim, but he had the biggest buzz of any rap act in 2012. With Def Jam’s backing and Kanye West in his back pocket I expected a more cohesive album from the artist formerly known as Tity Boi. Instead Based On A T.R.U. Story is a laughable listen with a couple of decent songs sprinkled in. 2 Chainz did just enough to get by for his debut album, blowing a major opportunity to be taken seriously by the rap world.
5. Obie Trice – Bottoms Up
In 2012 Obie Trice released his long awaited post-Shady Records album Bottoms Up. Following two grossly underrated releases Obie was dropped from Shady Records and started his own label, Black Market Entertainment. Losing the financial backing of Marshall Mathers also hurt the sound of Obie Trice. Bottoms Up is a dramatic drop off in quality from Trice’s previous albums despite having contributions from Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Statik Selektah. Bottoms Up is near the bottom of the list of rap albums released in 2012.
4. Beanie Sigel – This Time
On his way to prison Beanie Sigel dropped his sixth solo album, This Time. This Time was a waste of time. Sigel, a dope emcee, rapped over some of the worst beats rap has to offer. The concepts were bad and the hooks were downright cheesy. You’d think after years of legal issues and a falling out with Jay-Z that Beanie Sigel would have a lot to talk about and hit a homerun with his release. Instead he struck out swinging.
3. Dead Prez – Information Age
Dead Prez waited eight long years to release their third album, Information Age. Information Age is a musical mess. After dropping two near classics it seems unfathomable that Dead Prez could release such a less than stellar album. The beats are bush league and the lyrics are tired on Information Age. Information Age is an extremely disappointing listen from two emcees who are capable of so much more.
2. Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C.
Wiz Khalifa checks in at number two on the most disappointing Hip-Hop albums of 2012 list. After the success of his single ‘Black and Yellow’, rubbing shoulders with Snoop Dogg, and impregnating Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa’s star shined brighter than ever in 2012. Wiz was poised to place his stamp on the rap world with the release of his fourth album O.N.I.F.C. Instead of seizing the moment Wiz squandered it with a paranoid and uneven project. Khalifa regressed lyrically this go around and never seemed to get out of his own way. The entire album is about his haters, how much weed he smokes, and how much money he has. With lines like, “I got so much money I should start a bank,” Wiz didn’t really endear himself to his fans in the 99%. O.N.I.F.C. is the perfect album if you want to feel bad about yourself. The title of the album says it all, Wiz is the only n*gga in first class. Good for him, bad for you.
1. Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t
Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t tops 2012’s most disappointing Hip-Hop album list. If you’ve heard one Rick Ross song you’ve heard them all and God Forgives, I Don’t is no different. The album has a couple of good songs and the rest is forgettable. Ross has been on a downward spiral musically for the last couple of years yet his popularity is blossoming—weird. To make matters more confusing, Ross released the Rich Forever mixtape prior to GFID and it turned out to be better than his official album. Rick Ross is mind boggling on every front. For a guy that is a pretty decent rapper he sure makes some so-so music. God Forgives, I Don’t should have been a coronation for the self-professed king; instead it was the most disappointing Hip-Hop album of 2012.