[The Tens] Midseason Awards - The 10 Most Disappointing Hip Hop Albums/Mixtape Of The 1st Half 2012
First things first, a disappointing album doesn’t always mean that it was awful and unlistenable. What it does mean is that it didn’t live up to expectations. In the case of some of those that made the list (Big K.R.I.T. and Stalley), their previous work trumped their 2012 project and we simply expected more. In others, the album had high expectations by the masses and just flopped artistically. TheWellVersed combed through a plethora of releases from the first half of 2012 (January 1 – June 30) and came up with these projects that left us a bit underwhelmed.
Stalley – Savage Journey To The American Dream
Coming off of Lincoln Way Nights, the expectations were heightened for Stalley’s first mixtape under the Maybach Music Group umbrella. The first thing most noticed was that Rashad was missing from the production credits. Without that brilliant production behind him, Stalley’s flaws crop up throughout the album. It’s certainly not bad, but he struggles to make some concepts come to life, as evidenced on “Seen It All.” The Chad Hugo produced “Everything New” feels too much like another “Mr. Me Too” and the MMG presence feels understated. We still believe he can be great, just not yet.