Average User Score: 9.2Jul 14, 2013Bubba Sparxxx is, quite simply, the most underrated artist in the history of hip hop. The lack of exposure this album got is nearly criminal. I guess he is occupying a strange space sonically, mixing country and rap and calling it "hick hop", you are going to alienate a lot of country fans by having all the rapping and beats and a lot of hip hop fans with all the country twang. If this album had come out in 2012 instead of 2003 I think it would have done a lot better, music distribution and discovery (via services like Spotify and Pandora) would have gotten it into the ears of a lot more people who would have loved it before they even had a chance to try to put a label on it.
Teaming with Timbaland and a variety of artists from country singers to other MC's, Bubba put out what is probably the most honest album I have ever heard in any genre or era. He is at the peak of his powers here, matured from "Dark Days, Bright Nights", and not yet gun shy from the lack of commercial success from "Deliverance", which is how you get to "The Charm". While both those albums are (in my opinion) solid in their own right, here he shies away from absolutely nothing, and makes the album that he wants to make, the one that is musically who he is. He's unapologetic about the unlikely pairing of sounds because that's what makes sense to him. Lyrically this is by far his best album, and as on all his albums, his flow is unimpeachable, one of the most agile dudes on the mic you will ever hear.
I guess my point is that if you are reading this and have never listened to "Deliverance", go buy it, right now and listen to it all the way through about a dozen times. I simply can't fathom how anybody who is at all a fan of hip hop would not love this album. It literally changed the way that I listen to music.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Jul 14, 2013There are two types of people in this world: people who acknowledge that Kanye West is brilliant (even though he may be an a$$hole), and people who are wrong. This album is one of only a couple hip hop records that I can honestly say changed my life, it deserved to be the best rated album of 2010.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jul 14, 2013I was tempted to give Kanye a "1" for releasing a new album while I am supposed to be studying for the bar. But after repeated listening, I just cant do it. This album is simply freaking brilliant, might be even better than his last. As usual Kanye exhibits his brilliant sampling skills, beats and backing music are sick, use of autotune that actually doesn't make me want to shoot myself in the ear. And of course, his unparalleled flow, clever as hell rhymes sprinkled throughout, and language-invention skills (he's taken us from "safe-belt" to "pregnanated". Kanye, you are a brilliant goddamn bastard. Oh, and stay away from my wife.… Expand