Ok so I may be a little niave with this thread cause I know people will come in here like "Nikka u don knowz real hip hop if u don like dat albumz". Lets just get some opinions in here backed up by points and counterpoints please.
TI: TI v. TIP
I'm not a huge TI fan but I enjoy him in spurts. I think he has a great presence and a good flow. I also really enjoyed KING as one of the best albums that year. But, this was the album where ol Cliffy was on the edge of world dominance before the album came out. His popularity was at a all time high and no one else was really doing it on the level he was. The door was wide open for him to take the game. Then he anounced that his albumw ould be a concept album which got me more intrested. When he delivered it....the beats where tepid and run of the mill....the concept was lost on me cause the only difference I could see was TI wore sneakers and TIP wore loafers. Lyrically, the album was a few steps behind KING and his competitive edge seemed to have dropped...seeming comfortable with his position. The album was over hyped and absolutely nothing special.
Common: Finding Forever
Common is one of my favorite MCs of all time. The thing I always thought was a misconception about Common was hisimage of a sandal wearing, granola crunching, dashiki wearing coffee house MC. He may have run with that sect and put out that type of vibe but on the mic he was a beast. Spitting raw metaphors and battle raps rather then the "can we all just get along" "baby Im in love with u" poetry rap that I despise. However, Common seemed to fall into his own stereotype on this album. The lover man Common was in fulll effect...droping like 3 or 4 girl songs in one album (in a row mind u). The beats where generally generic minus a few tracks. Very disapointing coming off such a raw album like BE. And, he literally became a coffeehouse MC. I saw the album in starbucks. Im not sure here but i think that an album with "Bitch in You" wouldnt be next to a James Taylor acoustic live album.