If you don't account for quality, this is the best year ever for rap music. In addition to the four seven-track-long Kanye albums released in the past month or so, there's a new Beyoncé album with Jay-Z (admit it, you listen to Beyoncé albums), and there's a new Drake album out at the end of this month. Yay!
I'm not interested in hearing either of the Kanye albums, because I'm a hater, but I did kinda like the Pusha T album. I was hoping I'd like the Nas album, but alas, I don't. I don't like either beats or the rhymes. The rhymes are worse than the beats, but I'm at a loss for how a few selected dumbasses on Twitter could say that these are the best beats Nas ever rapped on. Literally, people were saying that, as if there's no such thing as Illmatic.
The Beyoncé and Jay-Z album randomly appeared this weekend, which was rude. Nas didn't go six years without dropping an album just to have his opening weekend usurped by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Jay-Z must still be upset about the gay jokes on "Ether," not to mention that time Kanye went on a rant about him on the ill-fated Life of Pablo tour.
I wasn't about to listen to the Jay and Beyoncé album for a number of reasons, including the fact that it's a Tidal exclusive, at least for the time being, and the fact that I really didn't care for 4:44, and this sounds like it might be an album-length version of the parts of that album where he talks about the state of his marriage, which, uh, no thank you.