Memphis Bleek, 534 (Roc-A-Fella, 2005)
Combat Jack and I (no homo) have both written extensively about Jay-Z and his weed carrier in chief, Memphis Bleek. The thing about is, there was no way possible that this could've been a great album, because M Bleek is a fucking shitty rapper. Still, I felt compelled to check out this album, just because A) Sometimes these Roc-A-Fella (or Def Jam, or whatever) albums have incredible production and B) To bask in the schadenfreude of watching Jay's first artist at his new label fail miserably.
I didn't even like these kinds of beats (real bombastic, TV commercial-sounding shit) even back when they were new, like 8 years ago. But otherwise, this is about as much as Memphis Bleek is possibly capable of, for what it's worth.
Terry Jacks must be the hottest new shit in the streets these days. Rap is so gay now.
And then, for seemingly no reason at all, a solo Jay-Z track as the second song on the album. These are the kind of antics I'd expect from the motherfucking Wu. Jay spit most of this as a "freestyle" months ago. It wasn't really all that compelling then either.
6 or 7 years ago I never thought I'd be saying this, but this new Swizz Beatz shit hot. TI or somebody would've fucking murdered this.
Ooh, my favorite, an R&B song on a rap album! Nhjicyhncoi.
Make that two in a row! This one's actually kinda okay. Regular no homo.
FIRST, LAST AND ONLY
Is this 9th Wonder? Because I don't like this at all, and I usually like his shit. No homo. He should probably stick to working with the likes of Murs and Little Brother.
This is a good idea marketing-wise, just because every once in a while, somebody (probably an Asian person) will pick this up thinking that Lil' Jon is involved. And you know how popular he is. The beat on this is actually kinda sick, in an Apache-ish kind of way.
Horrible production on this. Very 2000-ish sounding. I notice that the Young Gunz are now referring to themselves as the YGz, the dudes that used to whoop up on Pete Rock.
SMOKE THE PAIN AWAY
Prodigy from Mobb Deep called. He said stopped biting his shit from like 10 years ago. Also, he was wanting to know why all of these new 9th Wonder beats are all so teh ghey.
So much of this album sounds like it was written 5 years ago. Does anybody even use the term "hater" anymore? I mean, even in an ironic kind of way?
9th Wonder, again, trying to adapt his own signature "made using a cheap turntable and a computer" style to that silly, Dynasty-era Roc-A-Fella sound. This ain't no good.
ALL ABOUT ME
I didn't really find these last two songs
to really be worth saying much about. Suffice it to say they aren't that good.
COMMENTS: Fuck Memphis Bleek. (No homo, of course.) I mean, we already knew his album wouldn't be any good, but it had to happen anyway because he's Jay's secret gay lover. But honestly, I'm more concerned at this point with 9th Wonder whoring himself out to Jay-Z and the Def Jam machine. His beats on this album were all rather teh ghey, which doesn't bode well at all for the rest of his projects this year, the new Little Brother album being chief among them, all of which I was highly anticipating. This could be a problem.
BEST TRACKS: "Like That" "Get Low" and, I guess, "Dear Summer"