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The 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2013

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It’s important to note that disappointing doesn’t equate to bad. The majority of these selections did not make this list because they are unlistenable, but because the artist is capable of so much more. Freddie Gibbs is one such artist. Gangsta Gibbs has an amazing track record which led to some understandably high hopes for his album ESGN. Instead of the excellence you’d expect, Gibbs released an album saturated with a shocking amount of filler and inferior guests. Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes made it necessary to include a mixtape on this list as they duped listeners expecting a long-awaited collaboration project from the two Native Tongues members. In the end, hopeful fans got stuck with a “best of” compilation tape made up of their past collaborations and a couple original cuts. One album that did go beyond disappointment was Kanye West’s Yeezus. While some critics (and fans) tried to find merit in what Mr. West created, most of us were trying to recover from the terrible listening experience that is Yeezus. An album meant to be challenging and provocative became unbearable and self-indulgent. The LP may be incredible in West’s mind, but it certainly didn’t resonate with myself and many others.

  1. Kanye West – Yeezus
  2. Jay-Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail
  3. Freddie Gibbs – ESGN
  4. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  5. J. Cole – Born Sinner
  6. Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes – The Abstract & The Dragon (Mixtape)
  7. Tyler, The Creator – Wolf
  8. Trinity - 20 In
  9. Devin The Dude – One Time For The Road
  10. Action Bronson & Harry Fraud – Saaab Stories
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