As Is Hip Hop Awards - Biggest Disappointment
So I really wanted to make this on the same place as the album of the year but that one got a bit long winded so here it is. Without further adieu the contenders:
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly - While Kendrick may be alright, his album still left some things to be desired. There were moments when it was so esoteric it was hard to get a true handle on it. I have mentioned several times that one this album is more of an art project and simultaneously, was shown what it really wanted to be when Compton dropped. The blend was missing a little bit and it may have been too west coast heavy. GKMC was a great composition but it also had the easy listening quality to parts of it which this album lacked.
Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money - It kills me to give Meek another L this year but honestly aside from the other nonsense with Drake, the album just wasn't what it should or could have been. After the time he spent in jail I would have figured Meek would have added some depth or knowledge from the old heads into his album but it failed on several levels. His new relationship with Nicki Minaj provided the opportunity to try and squeeze a couple of singles onto the album and to hop on her tour but overall the album was really flat.
Drake - If You're Reading this You're Already Late - I still don't know if this was an actual album or a mixtape that was cleared to get out of label obligations. While at the same time he has been winning according to the streets I haven't been impressed musically, especially since fining out about the Quentin Miller reference tracks that exist and were used. But even before that I was never impressed with Drake's lyricism and verbal ability.
Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint - Nicki Minaj has a lot of weight on her shoulders and her third album was one that was made while in the middle of heartbreak and a break up. Unfortunately it took away from her aggressiveness and she didn't really get much beyond the surface as it comes to her relationship status. Aside from "Only" none of the songs have seemed to have the longevity that Nicki is used to on the chart although her core fan base has not wavered one iota.
Biggest Disappointment of the Year
The winner or loser if you want to look at it that was is Kendrick Lamar. Honestly I'm not going to say that I didn't like to Pimp a Butterfly but at the same time the failure was more to this an album that was a closer extension to his debut mainstream album. This was exacerbated by the release of Compton a few months later which had a similar thematic feel to it although Kendrick's album was designed to be more political and hold the west coast feel, it could have used some more polishing to make it the album it could have been.