Albums We Loved (And You Hated) In 2012

From Maybach Music Group to Nicki Minaj, we pick five albums that HipHopDX favorably reviewed, while our readers did not.

There are times when readers will disagree with critics. Okay, there are a lot of times when readers will disagree with critics. Sometimes that goes in favor of the artist being reviewed. However, there are those other times when readers feel certain emcees are getting more critical acclaim than they actually deserve. That’s what this list is for: showcasing the albums we loved but you hated in 2012. From the looks of this list, readers weren’t too pleased with some of Maybach Music Group. The label’s Self Made Vol. 2 release was roasted by many and Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t was met with an even more unforgiving response from readers.

But the MMG crew wasn’t alone in this journey. Slaughterhouse faced some intense criticism after we deemed their Shady Records debut a near-perfect album. Commenters ridiculed other emcees as well, like Diggy Simmons, who some felt was “just for the junior high kids,” even after positive reviews from DX. These reader responses may seem harsh but that’s not even the worst of the bunch. In fact, Nicki Minaj probably got to the brunt of the pain here. We thought her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up was a bit above average but readers felt it deserved a much lower ranking. Commenters called her a sellout, fans felt disappointed and she ended up with a 1.7 reader ranking.With that said, here is a list of the 2012 albums we loved but you hated.

Diggy Simmons – Unexpected Arrival

DX rating: 3.5

DX user rating: 2.4

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The arrival of Diggy Simmons’ project was anticipated. Aside from being the son of Rev Run he built a decent buzz for himself as an emcee. We thought he delivered a little more than expected on Unexpected Arrival. You did not. Diggy received an overall user rating of 2.4 and the most popular rating was a 1. Some readers felt it was “for the junior high kids” and others felt he simply didn’t live up to the buzz. One commenter added, “You will never surpass the legacy your dad set up.” While that is yet to be determined, Diggy understands he isn’t going to get the 5 stars from everyone. “It starts with the belief in you before you try to go and look for others people’s approval,” he told Karen Civil in an interview this year. He’s got confidence, and time will tell if he has your approval too.

Maybach Music Group – Self Made Vol. 2

DX rating: 3.5

DX user rating: 2.8

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These guys were in the headlines all year and it wasn’t always about music. But when the MMG emcees focused and dropped their Self Made project, we thought they created what Slava Kuperstein called, “a noted improvement from its predecessor.” Some of our readers felt the same but the majority of you weren’t feeling it. Instead, you ridiculed. “Worst album ever,” one reader complained. “My ears are bleeding.” While we hope that was hyperbole, we understand that this project didn’t sit well with many listeners. Still, with the success and notoriety they had this year, in and out of the booth, this certainly won’t be the last we hear from Maybach Music Group.

Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t

DX rating: 4.00

DX user rating: 2.6

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Maybach Music’s leader, Rick Ross, didn’t get your love as a solo emcee either. While his album God Forgives, I Don’t paired the Bawse with the likes of Andre 3000, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z for one of the year’s major releases, he still faced criticism and mockery. Readers hated everything from his sound to his past, with 1.00 being the album’s most popular reader ranking. In our review, we wrote that the album “embodies why Rick Ross has become a fixture that listeners can depend on.” Still, some listeners felt this album, mixed with the lambasting of Self Made, really embodied why Ross was losing favor with fans in 2012. But with 18 pages of positive and negative comments, this also proved Ross’ name continues to ring bells and that it will continue to get the people talking. You can at least depend on that.

Slaughterhouse – welcome to: Our House

DX rating: 4.5

DX user rating: 3.8

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This was, by far, the least hated of the bunch. In fact, many fans agreed with us, making 5 the most popular ranking among readers. But some were still upset about the rating, dragging the reader ranking down to 3.85. While some artists would kill for that rating, it just didn’t measure up to the near-classic status we gave it. “This might be the most overrated group in years,” one reader commented. Still, we felt Slaughterhouse’s Shady debut was a strong one, writing, “They’re probably the strongest-rhyming collective in Hip Hop today.” And while we also noted that “they’re capable of so much more,” that is only to praise Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9 and Joe Budden as they gear up to release some solo work before the next Slaughterhouse release.

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up

DX rating: 3.00

DX user rating: 1.7

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On the other hand, this album took the cake as the most hated of the list. But we understand some of the criticism. In the review, William E. Ketchum explained that there were many flaws throughout this project. “The results, like last year’s album, are inconsistent: the instrumentals and lyrics often work fine on their own merits, but they don’t work well together.” It’s possible that this lack of consistency ultimately led to a less-than favorable response from readers. “A clown by any other name is still a clown,” one anonymous commenter wrote. Some called Nicki Minaj a “sell out,” while others wrote that “Nicki was always terrible, even when she was underground.” For whatever reason, The Re-Up did not do much to bring Nicki favor. Instead, it created more criticism from our readership. Perhaps the next time she re-ups, the results might be different.

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60 Comments

  • Lessons

    We have lowered our standards and expectations so low, hip hop is gonna be the next disco. Don't want the 90's and early 00's back either but the bar was set so high these artists now don't put the same effort but want the same results. If you rap then try your best to rap your ass off if that's what you say you do, don't let your instrumental outrhyme you (phonte line). People keep thinking you have to be boring or use big words to be lyrical or keep it simple to make people dance and that's a big misconception, there's a balance and they need to find it again.

  • Anonymous

    u guys should do an article the other way round called albums we hated and you loved:game's jesus piece should be on top of the list. u guys gave that shit 2.5 and it got like a 4.5 from users.

  • Anonymous

    wow! the users are much wiser/smarter than the staff. who the F gives diggys bubblegum sound album a 3.5 and slaughterhouse's weedplate a 4.5

  • i got robbed 4 dat cd

    That Slaughterhouse album was such a letdown we all know they can rap with the best of them but the production/songs on there was fuckin awful like someone said couple comments below they should of came with that hardbody shit. DJ premier MOP knock your fuckin teeth out banging beats

  • ps

    DX user rating: 3.8 for slaughterhouse aint no "hate" rating it's objective rating

  • Synon

    Agreed with what Anonymous wrote further down in the comments section: "Add Kendrick to the PAYOLA list... that shit is bought and paid for; HHDX and others in so-called hip-hop 'journalism' (including arrogant yellow fuck Elliot Wilson) are CHEAP FUCKING WHORES." I personally don't believe the hype with that album. But what else can you expect in an era where differing opinions are ridiculed and people can buy followers, likes & views?

  • adam

    Most of these go without saying....but SH..seesh...what a disappointment. That album is a 3.5 at best. It's not TERRIBLE. but for a group of MCs of that caliber, it is not very good. 4.5 but who is actaully still talking about (how good) this album is? No one.

  • Rjizzle

    HHDX: you guys should also do songs we loved but reviewers did not. #1 would be three kings by officer rickey. am i right or am i right

  • Anonymous

    HipHop DX you favour fake fucking mainstream garbage. commercial sluts

  • Anonymous

    yep thanks for reiterating that these albums are pathetic all of them fall into that junior hugh section and it's a shame really that anyone has to hear or even worse be tricked into thinking these artists are cool much less good it's okay they will grow up one day

  • YMCMB 4 LIFE

    NIGGAS AINT EVEN LISTEN TO THE RE UP AND CLAIM ITS TRASH ITS OK YMCMB WINNING WE OUT HERE EATING LOBSTER AND STEAK EVERY NIGHT RICH NIGGA SHIT AND RICK ROSS THE NEW BIGGIE NICKI MINAJ SHITS ON EVERYBODY lolll naw im fuckin wit yall, dont really fucks wit most the new rappers now, they too much pop

  • RC

    What killed the Slaughter House album was the production, it was straight garbage. If you're gonna call yourself Slaughter House and comprise your group of emcees of this calibur don't bitch out! Bring some hardbody shit!! Get DJ Premier, get M.O.P., get Wu-Tang Clan, bring some ruggednes!! Not the skyler grey candy-ass pop shit we heard on most of the album.

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. - 3.5 (2.7)

  • Anonymous

    I do not like Slaughter House- specifically I do not like Royce or Buddens because of who they are. However, I respect their lyrics. But these fuckers just get on my nerves - music is supposed to set the tone and mood of what you are listening to and I think they are garbage as human beings. However, the record wasnt that bad and their lyrical talent is better than everything else on this list.

  • joe

    Diggy - Trash. MMG - Trash. Billy Bob - Trash. Slaughter House - HUGE disappointment, but not total trash. Pink Friday - Wtf? Why are we still talking about this shit? this bitch is desperate to to platinum and is trying every trick in the book and it still ain't working.. LOL!

  • bisquic

    You know one thing all these albums have in common? They suck dick.

  • Name

    Slaughterhouse album wasn't a 4.5 I give it that, but it was not straight trash, at a Hip Hop supergroup trying to step outside the box and try a style like em they didn't quite succeed, but it wasn't a complete failure either.

  • BLACK

    ONLY GOOD ALBUM ON THIS LIST IS GOD FORGIVES...

    • Anonymous

      Nas's verse on Triple Beams was the highlight of that record...the only one. But you are a STUIPD motherfucker Black so get the FUCK off this website and notify your PARENTS MOTHER FUCKER.

  • JRich

    Well obviously people are gonna disagree with you. Not every album is a 3 or a 3.5

  • tvesrb

    in a world where mixtapes are better than albums....welcome to the mainstream

  • cinavenom

    Yeah that slaughterhouse album was weak as hell.

  • YESSIR

    NIGGAS AINT EVEN LISTEN TO THE RE UP AND CLAIM ITS TRASH ITS OK YMCMB WINNING WE OUT HERE EATING LOBSTER AND STEAK EVERY NIGHT RICH NIGGA SHIT

  • Mortis

    I hope Django shows up at your office and wings you white honkeys

  • Lew

    HHDX is a funny website if you think about it lol you know every week there gotta be a couple dudes working there that say "why da fuck did we post that?! I didn't agree on those trash ass albums!! Take my good name off this website!" Then they throw their hands up n quit lol

  • ....

    Diggy's shit was incredibly disappointing. Before that awful album he was released a dope freestyle over "Made You Look" and had a nice verse on the "I'm Beaming Remix", not to mention that he kept putting out nice shit in 2010, his song with Consequence was pretty good, but then he puts out his album and all of that nice shit he did was out the window and instead he started making terrible "poppy" shit. The fuck happened?

  • Anonymous

    LOL didn't know HHDX writers read the shit we post here.

  • Anonymous

    LAUGHTERHOUSE = HHDX ** PAYOLA ** quit the fucking bullshit Vasquez and tell us how much Interscope and/or the Laughterhouse bums' personal managers paid for advertising, song placement, favorable press coverage etc. You think everyone here is an idiot? A$$WIPE Retard is the latest product of the system and hopefully will fail just as miserably, while owing major money to his white "benefactors" (sic).

  • Ben Devlin

    Surprised Kendrick isn't on here, every article that HHDX puts up about Kendrick has at least 10 "HHDX are dickriding Kendrick" comments on it. And is it bad that I quite liked Self Made 2 and GFID?

    • Anonymous

      Add Kendrick to the PAYOLA list... that shit is bought and paid for; HHDX and others in so-called hip-hop 'journalism' (including arrogant yellow fuck Elliot Wilson) are CHEAP FUCKING WHORES.

  • Truth

    Good Kid Mad City was trash.

  • DrebinSlevin

    Real talk, user reviews aren't paid reviews. May not be unbiased but if HHDX is going to say that they LOVED a 3.5 album, they're sucking some industry cock.

  • Waxxy Gordon

    Pink Friday had more decent songs (2) than GKMC (1). Troof.

  • Youngindy21

    I liked MMG's Self Made and Nicki's Re-Up was okay, but Rick Ross's God Forgives, I Don't Album was just mediocre. I don't see how anybody can like that album. For it to have that many great guest features it should have been a good album and it wasn't.

  • YESSIR

    THIS JUST PROVES THAT MOST OF THE READERS DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT MUSIC NICKI MMG AND DIGGY ALL DROPPED FIRE ALBUMS THAT LAUGHTEROUSE WAS TRASH THOUGH HOW MUCH EMINEM PAYING DX?

  • Anonymous

    The MMG dick sucking HHDX does on this site is outrageous. & 3 stars is an album you "loved"? KILL YOURSELVES

  • Lawless

    GFID was an average-at-most album... Users got that right, the same goes for Roman BS.

  • KnowMan

    The people were right on all except Ross-he get "over-hated" now and its not cuz of the music. Slaughter should have never put out a mixtape that was arguably better 2 weeks before their album-that caused that. Never heard Diggy nor will I ever,MMG didnt deliver the 2nd time & Nikki was straight unlistenable gaaabage. NIkki was

  • Anonymous

    That slaughterhouse was awful

  • Fulu

    I hate Rick Ross, but have to admit I couldn't stop listening to 4 songs from God Forgives I Don't: - Amsterdam - 911 - Triple Beam Dreams - Rich Forever These are 4.5/5, even though the rest of the album sounds a lot worse.

    • smilin_knight

      Triple beam dreams and rich forever you can find on his mixtape rich forever!!! GFID is TRASH Black Bar Mitzvah was Trash. OFficer Ricky is a fake ass niggah trying to be hard.

  • Cadda

    Haven't heard any of these albums but Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj have always been bad, and I doubt the Slaughterhouse album is that good.