Sunday, December 31, 2006

Critic's Choice (Part 2)

Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury (buy)

I received the Clipse much-hyped album Hell Hath No Fury for Christmas. Many critics, bloggers, and general hipsters have called this the best rap album of the year. It has even topped several album of the year lists. Which leads me to wonder how much hip-hop do these people really listen to? Not to say that this is not a good album, in fact, it is far superior to a lot of the crap that was released this year. Yet in a year that saw strong releases from Ghostface Killah (two albums no less), Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, The Roots, J-Dilla, Cadence Weapon (received in 06), etc... Hell Hath No Fury is hardly the best of the bunch. A good portion of the album focuses on the harshness of the drug dealing trade. Despite all the money that can be made, the life of a dealer is a short one. As there is always someone wanting to take what you have. There is a great line in the song Nightmares (ft. Bilal and Pharrell Williams) that states "They be thinking nice car, nice crib/I be thinking how long will these [guys] let me live." The problem with this album is that it pretty hits two sides of the same coin. When the Clipse decide to let loose on few “fun” tracks what do they talk about? All the great stuff they can buy thanks to selling drugs. It is this type of contradiction that ultimately hurt the album. It would have been nice if they had branched out and covered more diverse subject matter. Still, the rhymes are tight for the most part; and the Neptunes grim synthesized beats are top notch. Hell Hall No Fury is a good album, but not the best rap album released in 2007.

Here is the latest single from the album Wamp Wamp (What it Do)[ft. Slim Thug].

Happy New Year

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