If Untitled Were Any Good, It Would Be Ultimate Victory

(Chamillionaire’s last CD > Nas’ new CD)

I was just sitting around today, deciding what song to listen to, when I remembered Chamillionaire’s “Hip-Hop Police,” a surprisingly good song with Slick Rick from his sophomore album, Ultimate Victory. You don’t remember Ultimate Victory? It’s that one album by the guy who did “Ridin”” – the one you didn’t buy because you didn’t like the chorus on “Hip-Hop Police.” It’s also the one I didn’t buy because Cham swore to not swear, but decided to just swear and bleep it out until the songs were nonsensical instead of, you know, writing songs without swearing (Lupe Fiasco did the same thing on Food & Liquor).

Anyway, I was listening to “HHP” when I realized how well it could have fit on the new Nas joint, the abortion currently referred to as Untitled, once titled Nigger.

Well, to make a short story shorter, I downloaded the torrent for the leaked explicit version of Ultimate Victory, and realized how much better it is than Untitled.

They don’t have the same ambitions – Chamillionaire wants to make LCD rap, but have occasional flashes of insight, Nas wants to redefine race relations in America and spark a revolution, and all that shit – but they both try to be smart and address current events with a vengeance.

Well, being from the Dirty South, Chamillionaire’s CD is full of tired chest pounding, talking about pimpin, money, and the streets, among other things. However, when he does try and be smart, he actually sounds smart. Like he has something to say, which is more than Nas can say.

I would take UV opener “The Morning News” over any of that faux-intellectual shit Nas drops on Untitled.

And I don’t even like southern rappers, except for Scarface, really.

The difference, I think, is that Chamillionaire genuinely cares about issues he’s dropping knowledge on to make actual points and write coherent raps. Nas, on the other hand, reaches into a grabbag of buzzwords, pulls one out, and then rambles until the beat fades out.

So, the next time you get the urge to go buy the new Nas CD, head over to the Pirate Bay, cop the explicit Ultimate Victory, and enjoy the smattering of politically charged rap.

Or you could go buy an actual political rap CD, like Public Enemy’s last joint.


3 Responses to “If Untitled Were Any Good, It Would Be Ultimate Victory”

  1. 1 studgenius
    July 30, 2008 at 6:25 am

    after stumbling onto this post by accident, looking for the explicit torrent for ‘ultimate victory,’ i must say that i fully agree with you. the main factor in this is a simple fact: untitled wasn’t on the same level as nas’s other albums- shit, ‘hip-hop is dead’ was of better quality than this one. if nas wants to make a statement, he needs to make it, instead of pussyfooting around the problem; don’t listen to the media’s complaints and call it ‘untitled’ instead of ‘nigger’ and then throughout the entire album say that the white man, fox news and the media circuit are racists who bring down america’s image, the same image that you agree with just by renaming the album.

    maybe i’m over-thinking this, but, for what it’s worth, nice post.

  2. 2 bigoneonline
    July 30, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Thank you, I appreciate that very much.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. When he changed the name, I knew in my gut that album would be garbage. He can’t be a revolutionary and sell his message out like that (although Untitled ultimately didn’t have a message, but whatever).

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