Thursday, August 2, 2012

Something to talk about

In a group I participate in on Facebook (The Barbershop), a member of the group posted a topic with the exact title, "Anyone else think Ross' (Rick Ross) new album is wack as hell?" This got a few people talking, including myself, about Ross' new album, and the feedback from some of the members was mixed overall. So with that being said, this post is going to be about Rick Ross and, uh, Lil Wayne, as if these two need any more promotion. It's not something I just thought of doing, but rather some "interesting" comments and news regarding them prompted the inspiration for this post. Read on please!

Let's start with Rick Ross, or "Officer Ricky", which is what I call him. Going back to the beginning of his career, I was never a fan (and still not a fan to this day), and that includes on and off stage. When I first heard the story that he was a C.O., I didn't think anything about at the time, until I later found out that he denied his past as a C.O., only to then admit later that it was him. Now, for anyone else, this would've been career suicide in a way, but not only did it brushed to the side, but he grew bigger and bigger afterwards, which is still puzzling to me. That was one reason (of MANY) why I can't bring myself to support anything he does. In addition, his entire persona is largely based on a life he's never lived, as well as a man that he really wants to emulate (Freeway Rick Ross). On the music side, yes, he has a good ear for beats, but that's about it. On the mic, he's one of the most overrated and repetitive artists I've ever heard. How many times can you say the same thing OVER and OVER again? And it just keeps getting amazing. He not only receives cosigns from legit, respectable artists (such as Nas, whom he has great chemistry with, can't deny that), but most people's feelings reflect the idea that it doesn't matter if his past was exposed and he lied and tried to cover it up, it's all about the music. Whatever. Like I said earlier, had that happened to anyone else, their career would be over. What the hell is so special about William (his real name)????? And it doesn't stop there.

TWO more comments were made regarding this cat, one new, apparently, and one a little more old. We'll start with the latter first. Timbaland made a comment months back saying that Ross was, get this, "the new Biggie Smalls". Hold up, what??? Was he serious? Let me put it this way, I'm not going to even dignify that ridiculous comment with a lengthy response, but there's NOTHING that Ross does that would even put him in the contention of being the new Biggie. That's a void that NO ONE can fill, and Ross is the absolute last person would could even try to. Then, and I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I heard today that P. Diddy said that Ross was BETTER than Biggie. What the HELL is going on here????? Are we living in the damn Twilight Zone or something? What is SO appealing about William that he's receiving ALL of this praise????? In short, Ross is NO WAY, SHAPE, or FORM is better than Mr. Christopher Wallace. Biggie's legacy will live forever, whereas when Ross is done, he'll be a footnote in hip hop history.


Now, let's move to another overrated "artist", Lil Wayne.

Ah, Lil Wayne. I wasn't too crazy about him even dating back to the early Cash Money days. I never liked any of his initial solo albums, but, and this may surprise some, I have heard "Tha Carter 1" and it wasn't TOO bad, but nothing memorable either. I also have heard "Tha Carter II", and that album remains his best on all levels. The "Dedication 2" mixtape was decent too. I will say, had he stuck with the "Carter II style", maybe, just maybe I would see him in a different light, but that's definitely NOT the case. "Tha Carter III" is one of the most overrated albums I've ever heard and to think this album won a BEST RAP ALBUM GRAMMY AWARD in 2008, in a year where there were BETTER albums that came out, something isn't right on this one. Plus, he's so incoherent most of the time and just essentially says whatever and it don't make any sense in the world. For some reason, he can get away with that, but let any other higher caliber artist pull the same thing, well, it's a wrap for them. You can clearly see I'm not a fan, lol.

What brought about discussing Lil Wayne is that in a recent news post, courtesy of www.hiphopdx.com (http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.20652/title.lil-wayne-says-hes-putting-rap-on-the-backburner-for-skateboarding), here's what he said that made me shake my head:

"I just felt like it was time. I got bored," he said of recording Dedication 4. "Yeah, I mean, being me, I always feel like I ain’t done nothing yet, so I’m always looking for the next thing to do. But other than that, it does get pretty boring when it comes to the rapping and stuff. I’ve done so much of it, I’ve been doing it since I was eight. I’m going to be 30 in September, and I’m still rapping. So I kind of feel like I’m getting old."

SMH, can you name any other artist who stated that they were not only bored with rap, but they were putting it on the backburner for an irrelevant activity such as SKATEBOARDING? Is this guy serious or is this another attempt to get people talking, like most of these popular artists are doing nowadays? Who knows. I'll say this, if you love hip hop and it's culture, it's something you should never get bored with. Did Michael Jordan ever get bored with the NBA? I don't think so.

Bottom line is, I feel VERY strong about this as you can tell. In NO way am I hating on either of these guys, but when you think of how and why hip hop is the way it is today, look no further than these two.


"If I don't like it, I don't like it, that don't mean that I'm hating!" -Common

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