albums i listened to today
- Method Man — 4:21… The Day After
- Ghostface Killah — More Fish
- R. Kelly and Jay-Z — The Best Of Both Worlds
- Beady Eye — iTunes Festival: London 2011
- Jay-Z — The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
- Ghostface Killah — Hidden Darts: Special Edition
Wu-Tang quality control is at a low ebb. Method Man is still letting himself get pulled in any direction any label executive points him in, and Ghostface is putting out leftovers and giving too much time to his less-talented proteges. But I still like it, because low-ebb Wu-Tang is almost always still good. And I’d still rather listen to a bunch of garbage Ghostface found under a sofa cushion than to Jay-Z on a good day.
There’s always something worthwhile on a Jay-Z album: great producers like Timbaland or the Neptunes, great guest rappers like Rakim, and occasionally even Jay-Z himself. But mostly, he’s just bland all the way through. It’s like listening to a board meeting. I wish I understood why so many people with good taste think so highly of him; I just don’t get it. (Also: really can’t stand Kanye’s production.)
Jay-Z and the Gallagher brothers are basically the same thing— arrogance, scrappy up-from-the-bottom hunger ruined by commercial excess, universal acclaim for decent music that lacks originality— except I like it more when the Gallaghers do it. Which is weird, because I usually have a lower bar for hip-hop. I think Oasis songs feel more like they’re churning out one unremarkable-yet-flawless pop gem after another, while Jay-Z just sounds lazy and boring. I wish I could put my finger on the difference. Anyway, this has nothing to do with a four-song live Beady Eye EP, which was, y’know, fine.