Wednesday, August 24, 2011
FInal Grade: C/C+
Man, talk about underwhelming! With forces such as these behind this project, I was expecting a lot more. Granted, when I first heard "Otis" I thought it was overrated, so I guess I'm not entirely surprised, just disappointed. I do really appreciate Jay and Kanye's attempt to blend different styles into their beats and not sticking to what many would assume is "hip hop," but even so, a lot of the grooves fell short. There were many instances where I felt that with some editing, the beat could have been on point, but there were too many unnecessary additions leaving many sounding cluttered. I think that Kanye outdid Jay on this one. I mean, how many times do we have to hear Jay say "all black everything" - I think we get the point. "Otis," "Gotta Have It," and "New Day" are my favorite tracks. Everything else... pretty blah. Definitely leans more towards the C than the C+ of the grading spectrum.