Ah yes, my favorite time of the year where we get to take a look back at the good and the bad of music, sports and film from the last 365 days. First, we have to look at the bad so that we can knocked down before we roll into 2020 with some positive momentum and oh boy, were there some terrible albums in 2019. Let’s take a look at them.
Happiness Begins – JONAS Brothers The Lion King: The Gift – Beyonce Free Spirit – Khalid ERYS – Jaden Harverd Dropout – Lil Pump THE WZRD – Future Teal Album – Weezer
10. No. 6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
This collaboration album from UK sensation Mr. Ed Sheeran was one of the worst attempts of trying to branch into different genres. Mostly, Sheeran was attempting to leach himself onto the trap and hip-hop genres because that’s what is hot right now and Ed wants it so bad. Also, we have had Sheeran gentrifying reggaeton with an absolutely disgusting song called “South of the Border” with Camila Cabello and Cardi B where Sheeran objectifies Latin women to the point where Cardi B mentions that he has “Jungle Fever”. It’s trite. It’s tasteless and I am glad I don’t have to talk about this album anymore.
9. So Much Fun – Young Thug
I’m still trying to grasp why so many people enjoy this project with it’s excessively sexual-driven narrative. It’s almost shameless especially when you dive into the XXX lyrics on most of the tracks. While I do enjoy the aura that Young Thug has created with it’s unique vocals, this album is bogged down by horrid features from Future, Gunna and Lil Baby that are plastered all over this project. “The London” is a track that genuinely love and it is one of my favorite tracks of the year. Unfortunately, this album does not deserve to have this track on it. It’s the equivalent of Rise of Skywalker trying to implement “Imperial March” throughout the film.
8. ! – Trippie Redd
If you have an exclamation mark as the sole aspect of your album’s name, it should, at the very least, have some energy and liveliness to it but that is not the case at all on this hot garbage. It is super moody to a point where he tries to diminish your happiness because he isn’t happy. Yeah, Trippie Redd had some potential coming into the year but I think this project has made me lose all hope in that.
7. Father of Asahd – DJ Khaled
DJ Khaled solidified himself as one of the least likable personalities in hip-hop as he cried about not having the number one album in the US at the time of this album’s release, bringing down artists such as Billie Eilish and Tyler, the Creator. Outside of John Legend’s and the late Nipsey Hussle’s track, “Higher”, there is not a single listenable track on this project. It’s just Khaled curating a bunch of songs and artists that do not blend well together. We’ve seen Khaled put together better tracks than this but this is a totally half-assed attempt to try to stay relevant in the music industry because we all see Khaled’s BS now and the only thing keeping him afloat is his kid, hence the name of the project.
6. Drip or Drown 2 – Gunna
Lord, have mercy. How we have allowed Gunna to gain the popularity and hype he has garnered is an utter embarrassment. Guys, Gunna sucks and there’s no sign of him improving. The album’s name makes sense because I wanted to drown myself the more and more I listened to this project. It is devoid of any life and the beats might as well have come from your high school friend that makes them on his Macbook Air in the middle of class.
5. Bad Habits – Nav
Another rapper that we have allowed to gain undeserved attention because of his connections to other and better Canadian artists. Every time I hear Nav, he sounds like a artificial intelligence that is just figuring out what emotions and feelings are. However, I would put money on K-2SO and IG-11 from the Star Wars universe putting out a more energetic project than what Nav has put out in his embarrassing career up to this point.
4. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind – Logic
Yikes. Logic had an awful 2019 y’all and this won’t be the last time that this artist appears on this list. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind sees Logic complain and whine about those that do not like him. He even has his dad drop in and defend him. It is easy to tell that the criticism has gotten to Logic, which is why I think this album is so terrible because he was so focused at attacking his haters that he didn’t think about making a quality album beforehand. However, of what Logic put out this year, this ended up being his best project…..
3. Indigo – Chris Brown
Imagine Avengers: Endgame but all three hours of the film is just a strobe light flashing over every moment. That’s every Chris Brown song ever. Even his waning relevance to brings a nuisance into my life that I just want to flick off my shoulder like a gnat. If I had a ‘Worst Artist of the Decade’ that award would probably go to Brown for the 12-hour, 157-song projects that he put out in the last half of the 2010s. Bleh. Garbage. Stop supporting this man’s music if it is not his self-titled album from 2004.
2. Supermarket – Logic
This is the first time ever that an artist has had a double feature in the worst category so congrats to Logic on that. Supermarket was a failed attempt at making a soundtrack to a book he released. This soundtrack is a bunch of rip-offs of older songs where Logic tries singing more than he does rapping and it’s just a culmination of blap on a plate. It is so disgusting and the hooks on tracks such as “Lemon Drop” will make you want to take a shower after. Logic, unequivocally, is the worst artist of 2019.
1. The Big Day – Chance the Rapper
I can’t believe I wasted a beautiful morning on the island of Kaua’i to give this a listen. Granted, I was not doing anything that morning and I had listened to YBN Cordae’s The Lost Boy just before it. I was not expecting anything less than a quality record from a guy that has proven throughout the 2010s that he could put out a great project and have great pen game as well. But sweet baby Jesus that is not what we got in the slightest. The Big Day is a 22-track, 77-minute torture chamber of corny-ass similes and some of the worst ideas to date on a rap album that I have heard. “Hot Shower” is the best track on this project and that is saying a lot because this is not a good song. Chance is goofy as hell and MadeInTYO and DaBaby add nothing to the track. I wanted to cry while listening to this. It’s that bad. If you need tracks that define this album, listen to Chance sing on “Let’s Go On The Run” and “We Go High”. Oh MY GOD. THIS PROJECT SUCKS MAN.