Ol’ Dirty Bastard-Return To The 36 Chambers (1995)

My Rating: 74% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 74%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro
  2. Shimmy Shimmy Ya
  3. Baby C’mon
  4. Brooklyn Zoo
  5. Hippa To Da Hoppa
  6. Raw Hide
  7. Damage
  8. Don’t You Know
  9. The Stomp
  10. Goin’ Down
  11. Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)
  12. Snakes
  13. Brookly Zoo II
  14. Protekt Ya Neck II The Zoo
  15. Cuttin’ Headz
  16. Dirty Dancin’
  17. Harlem World

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting crazy non-conventional hip hop that’s grimy and dirty.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s iconic, can’t say enough about it. A+

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

If it was on sale, sure.

Final Thoughts:

Ol’ Dirty Bastard is The Wu-Tang Clan’s wild card, while Method Man is sleepy, Redman is goofy, Ghostface is lyrically impressive, Ol’ Dirty sounds like he’s being unleashed from a cell somewhere deep in a mental asylum. Although this album is iconic among hip-hop heads, I personally thought it was a little too all over the place for my liking. When Dirty has his Clan members to keep him somewhat contained, his dangerous flow style is a breath of fresh air and keeps the Wu-Tang interesting and diverse. On his own though, there is nobody to reel the crazy man in, and although it makes for a unique and influential album, it doesn’t always make for the best listen. I love Dirty, there are some amazing tracks on Return To The 36 Chambers but it just will never mean as much to me as it seems to to others.

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OutKast-Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)

Record Review Requested By: Richard Sandlin

My Rating: 69% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 91%

Average Rating: 75%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro
  2. Ghetto Musick
  3. Unhappy
  4. Bowtie Feat. Sleepy Brown And Jazze Pha
  5. The Way You Move Feat. Sleepy Brown
  6. The Rooster
  7. Bust Feat. Killer Mike
  8. War
  9. Church
  10. Bamboo (Interlude)
  11. Tomb of the Boom Feat. Ludacris, Konkrete, And Big Gipp
  12. E-Mac (Interlude)
  13. Knowing
  14. Flip Flop Rock Feat. Jay-Z And Killer Mike
  15. Interlude
  16. Reset Feat. Cee-Lo And Khujo Goodie
  17. D-Boi (Interlude)
  18. Last Call Feat. Slimm Calhoun, Mello, Lil Jon, Eastside Boyz
  19. Bowtie (Postlude)
  20. Hey Ya
  21. The Love Below (Intro)
  22. Love Hater
  23. Happy Valentine’s Day
  24. Spread

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

On the hunt for a funky fun hip-hop album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s terrible, I hate it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Ugh yes, but I hat the cover so much.

Final Thoughts:

OutKast’s Hey Ya gets every white person dancing immediately, and it doesn’t surprise me at all, it’s really catchy and funky, just like most of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. I love how this album really formed bridges for people who may have not checked out Hip-Hop otherwise, it’s one of those albums that’s usually highly regarded by all kinds of music reviewers. The problem lies in the pure amount of tracks on the damn thing, it’s usually a warning to me whenever an album passes 16 tracks, it’s often filled with filler/unnecessary interludes. Really this album could’ve stayed at 16 songs and been absolutely incredible, but we’re treated to a kid talking (which is on every damn rap album apparently), and random friends talking about weird things. Stick to the formula, no need for these useless minute long breaks that hurt the overall flow of the album. Overall though there are some incredibly influential tracks on here that are still great, just wish that they focused on making a great album instead of adding in random nonsense.

Open Mike Eagle-Dark Comedy (2014)

My Rating: 65% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 73%

Average Rating: 72.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Dark Comedy Morning Show feat. Toy Light
  2. Qualifiers
  3. Thirsty Ego Raps
  4. Golden Age Raps
  5. Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)
  6. Doug Stamper (Advice Raps) feat. Hannibal Burress
  7. Jon Lovitz (fantasy booking yarn)
  8. Idaho
  9. Sadface Penance Raps
  10. A History of Modern Dance
  11. Deathmate Black
  12. Informations feat. Kool AD
  13. Big Pretty Bridges (3 days off in Albuquerque)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

You’re kinda tired but still want to listen to a rap album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s a really solid piece of art, I really like the cover and think that Open Mike Eagle can continue garnering fans through his album covers alone.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

Open Mike Eagle’s Dark Comedy kinda put me asleep, and I think that lazy flow is what he’s going for. It’s great for what it is, but I also started finding myself getting a little out of the album about halfway through. This is the kind of artist who could really make a solid album with some more featuring artists.

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