2018 has been a good year for music and more specifically, a great year for Hip Hop. We saw the release of Drake’s platinum double album, Scorpion, back in July which held the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for five consecutive weeks. Eminem returned with his surprise album, Kamikaze, which debuted at Number One with no press or promo, reaffirming him as one of the best lyricists of all time as he responded to his critics. Most albums this year, even the ones I expected to disappoint, consistently overdelivered, therefore there are very few albums that can qualify for Worst Album of the Year.
According to data from Metacritic, a website that collates data from fans and critics alike, there was one album that was far and wide the worst release this year. Dummy Boy, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s debut studio album, was met with awful reviews and scored just 39 out of 100 on Metacritic. It leaked not long after his arrest for racketeering in November and was released in its entirety just days later in a move that could only be described as damage limitation.
The album, which runs for 34 minutes, features verses from hip hop heavyweights Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. It lists production credits from some of the most famous and reputable producers in the game, such as Tay Keith, Ronny J, Murda Beatz and Boi-1da. Which poses the question, why are the reviews so bad?
Tekashi 6ix9ine is no stranger to controversy; prior to his arrest this year, he had pled guilty and been convicted of a felony involving the use of a minor in a sexual performance back in 2015. This incident, which took place a long time before Tekashi became famous, resulted in backlash and uproar from most of the Hip Hop community. This publicity also means a lot of people only know of Tekashi for his ongoing legal battles.
In truth, Dummy Boy was exactly what I had anticipated. Kanye and Nicki both outshone him on their respective tracks, Tekashi’s style was somewhat repetitive and in places, good production carried his poor writing and delivery. However the album wasn’t all bad; it was energetic and aggressive, on some tracks it demonstrated Tekashi’s unquestionable talent that has been and will continue to be tainted by his reckless, questionable and criminal behaviour.