Bad Songs By Great Rappers

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Every rapper has produced a bad song. Seriously. Come on people, every rapper has made a mistake or a misjudgment in song selection at least once. Even the greats (as you are about to see) have made bad calls on what they might think is a good song. But before we get a mailbox full of hate mail, let me be clear: This is only my opinion…but still probably the truth anyway. Let’s begin, shall we. (Click on the songs to download and truly understand)

Outkast

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Song: “Mamacita” (feat. Masada & Witchdoctor)
Album: Aquemini
Year: 2000
Yea, this one is from Aquemini and is probably one of reason I feel the ATLiens album is way better. From Masada (Who?) rapping like an old school MC Lyte, to the beat not really grabbing you, this is one of Outkast few missteps…unless you count most of the Idlewild album. King Jerm says:
Outkast has no weaknesses…um, maybe pick a song from Speakerboxxx (2003).

The Notorious B.I.G.

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Song: “I Love The Dough” (feat. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush)
Album: Life After Death (Disc 1)
Year: 1997
Don’t get me wrong, I love Biggie. Life After Death is probably one of the best Hip-Hop albums of all time. But the beat on this one sounds like Easy Mo Bee was going for straight bubblegum. Not to mention that you have two of the best here and both sound really uninspired. No classic here. King Jerm says: “Party & Bullshit” from Who’s the Man? (1993). Compared to the stuff recorded after this, it doesn’t even compare.

Nas

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Song: “Who Killed It”
Album: Hip Hop Is Dead
Year: 2006
I ain’t gonna front, Nas has mad a lot of mistakes in his career. But this album was his return to prominence as well as his move to Def Jam. Who the fuck co-signed this bullshit? I like that Nas tries to be creative but why did he feel the need to rap like Humphrey Bogart? What makes it worse is that will.i.am and Salaam Remi produced this track together and nobody said anything. Damn. King Jerm says: “Rewind” from Stillmatic (2001). Creative, but let’s be honest, the song sucks!

Jay-Z

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Song: “I Know What Girls Like” (feat. Lil’ Kim & Puff Daddy)
Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Year: 1997
A lot of people point to this album (as well as The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse) as one Jay-Z’s bad albums. I just point to this song. In 1997 Puff Daddy was the man and had dudes following whatever he was doing. Come on Jay, I know you wanted sales but damn! When they was laying this shit down in the studio, you telling me Dame Dash didn’t say shit? Jay-Z and Lil’ Kim’s lyrics are good, the terrible hook and beat does this song in from the beginning. King Jerm says: “Lucky Me” from In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997).

2Pac

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Song: “What’z Ya Phone No.” (feat. Danny Boy)
Album: All Eyez on Me (Disc 1)
Year: 1996
I was gonna just list most of the albums released after 2pac’s death, but I didn’t remember all the names. Then I started to remember this bullshit. This song doesn’t give the Prince sample justice. It shows that even somebody who recorded non-stop like Tupac, they can still throw filler on a double album. King Jerm says: Agreed

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