Can Rappers Hold Down An Album By Their Lonesome????

Written by on June 28, 2010

Teflon Don

1. I’m Not A Star – Rick Ross

2. Free Mason – Rick Ross (ft. Jay-Z)

3. Tears of Joy – Rick Ross (ft. Cee-Lo)

4. Maybach Music III – Rick Ross (ft. T.I., Jadakiss & Erykah Badu)

5. Live Fast, Die Young – Rick Ross (ft. Kanye West)

6. Super High – Rick Ross (ft. Ne-Yo)

7. No. 1 – Rick Ross (ft. Trey Songz & Diddy)

8. MC Hammer – Rick Ross (ft. Gucci Mane)

9. B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast) – Rick Ross (ft. Styles P)

10. Aston Martin Music – Rick Ross (ft. Drake & Chrisette Michele)

11. All the Money in the World – Rick Ross (ft. Raphael Saadiq)

During my self-imposed, but greatly needed vacation the tracklist to the next much hyped rap album dropped on the net. Rick Ross’ Teflon Don has all the pre-requisites to guarantee a hot album.

Big name features: check

R&B hooks: check

Drake: check

And of course a Jay-Z track that is interestingly called Free Mason, further adding to the hype. Hov likes to josh us I see.

But the bigger question I have is; can a rapper make a good album with no features? Can one emcee hold our interest for 40+ minutes? These days every rapping so & so has a tracklist that reads like a who’s who of the latest and the greatest in rap and r&b. We don’t get enough of the emcee’s voice.

I am old enough to remember a time when the rappers didn’t just jump on everybody’s track. Look at Ladies Love Cool James for example, it took him 3 albums before he invited another rapper to grace on his album. And his first feature was on EPMD’s Rampage, a record that dropped 6 years into the career of LL. It was a celebration to have Uncle L on your track.

Hell I’ll even let one guest on your album slide. Nas broke us off with Illmatic and only feature was AZ. Jay-Z only shared his light with Eminem on the classic Blueprint. Ready To Die‘s only featureĀ  was Method Man. Catch the pattern here? Less is more. The masses want to hear the solo emcee, not an all-star family BBQ.

Your album, sounds like a compilation

If you claim to be a real emcee but you need the help of your folks and them to rock the mic, then you really ain’t as tight as you thought you were.

Hopefully more rappers will understand and step up to the challenge of creating an album that blends together as theme and less of the compilation style.

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