Filed under: Features,Not Your Average,Old Moufs,The Unkut Opinion,Ya Moms
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
With dudes who haven’t even dropped official albums almost retiring, as well as BS publicity stunts like Jay-Z pretending to throw in the towel after The Black Album, it begs the question:
If you could force one MC to retire/quit today, who would it be and why?
After posing the same inquiry yesterday on Twitter, the replies produced the usual suspects – 50 Cent, Ja Rule, GURU and Lil’ Wayne – but also some interesting choices that I didn’t expect, such as “Ghostface, ‘cos he now has more dud albums than classic ones”, “MF Doom, boring monotonous flow that a bunch of fanboys jizz over” and “Jay-Z because he needs to focus more on putting out talent instead of holding people and saving the shine for himself”.
Personally, it’s a tough call. Six months ago I would have suggested that Grand Puba bow out gracefully, but then he went and dropped a decent record on us…then of course we have the 90’s rappers who still seem to exist on the outskirts of anybody’s attention. Guys like Mack 10, Warren G and even effin’ Afroman continue to release music in some capacity, but hardly seem worth mentioning. Fuck it, I just did. Anyways, I’ll try to concentrate on characters that at least have some kind of national profile, even if it’s only on blogs.
These rappers need to give it up:
Flavor Flav – If the banner ads are to be believed, everyone’s least favorite rap funnyman just released an R&B song? Maybe the reality shows weren’t such a bad idea after all.
Papoose – The only reason I ever gave this rapping android a minute of my time was the fact that G Rap gave him a nod early on. Now he’s too busy making songs called ‘Swaggacation’ and smuggling metal files in cakes into wifey in the bing.
Lloyd Banks – I once heard this great Funkmaster Flex session on the Best of Banks mixtape. It was obviously a fluke, this guy has all the personality of a pet rock. At least Yayo makes himself useful and beats-up teenagers.
Common – I had already turned against Lonnie once he started making hippy shit that your grandmother would find soft, but after that teh ghey club album he did, he needs his rap pass revoked.
The RZA – There have been a few times that Prince Rakeem has held it down in the booth, but based on the Bobby Digital albums alone, The Abbott needs to stay behind the boards.
There’s plenty more….
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