Five Overrated, Underwhelming, And Disappointing Albums Of 2018

By Ikenga Chronicles January 1, 2019

Five Overrated, Underwhelming, And Disappointing Albums Of 2018

–Epsi Gabriel,

  1. Nas – NASIR!
    Nas’ album was a bit on the disappointing side. Kanye’s production was exceptional, but at times, stifling. While tracks like “Everything” and “Adam & Eve” are excellent, others like “Simple Things”, “Cops Shot The Kids”, production just do not suit the verses. Nas’ rhymes are okay but then I expected a better subject matter. I don’t expect a 40 year old man telling me about how he is still owed for 89 fixes and itches when allegations of domestic violence are hanging around his neck. Though he later addressed the allegations off-record, it was a bit late. Nas is my favorite rapper till tomorrow. But I would rank this very low in his discography.
  2. Eminem – Kamikaze
    When I say an album is underwhelming, overrated or disappointing, I don’t mean it is a terrible album. I mean it is not a compact project when taken as a whole. I jammed to Em’s Kamikaze this year. Lyrics fiery, rhymes unfuckwithable. But immediately after the first half of the album, it loses steam. Songs become disjointed. And ends badly. Taken singly, the songs are good and decent, but as a whole, no. Lest it seem I am on an Eminem bashing lately, what I mean is the skits have no business on that album. Tracks 10 to the end ought to have been kept away and the people bashing is half-hearted. An uncalled-for beef with MGK and Tyler the Creator. Em unhinging his adult self on record is not so good to look at. This falls under the underwhelming category. Doesn’t mean I don’t like it or that I hate Em.
  3. Kanye West – Ye
    Production okay. Same comments I made on the Nas album. Production has to meet the verses. But how low can you go Kanye? Still got his number one as usual, but for me, wide of the mark except for a few tracks.
  4. Drake – Scorpion
    I don’t know if I should class this as a hip-hop album since half of it was R&B but frankly, I don’t want to see or listen to any long over the 1hour mark album with songs exceeding 18, 19, 20 or even 22 tracks in 2019. It gets boring and loses steam. Don’t oversaturate the listener. Nicki, and Wayne also did this. Drake is good with the singles. Can’t take that away from him.
  5. Nicki Minaj – Queen
    If there’s an award for the worst album of 2018, Nicki Minaj has it with “Queen”. A disjointed, lack of focus, and terrible album. I wish I did not waste my data on this bull. I’m not even going to explain why her album is on this list because it is totally deserving of this list.


  1. Travis Scott – Astroworld
  2. Vince Staples – FM!
  3. Jay Rock – Redemption
  4. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
  5. Mac Miller – Swimming
  6. Evidence – Weather Or Not