SOHH Whatcha Think: Who Had The Best Comeback LP Ever? 2 MCs Who Nailed It & 2 Who Failed It [Click Here & Speak]
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 12:00AM
Before losing the throne to Adele, Eminem held the record for most highest digital download sales. Recovery (which I consider a comeback comeback album after his original comeback album, Relapse, failed to live up to expectations) recently topped a million copies records sold.
Comeback albums are tricky: Depending on how long the artist has been gone, they can either serve as his career's resuscitator, or the dirt thrown over their already-buried coffin. Let's look at a few that worked, and a few that didn't.
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All Eyez on Me
"Tupac Back. Tupac Back." All Eyez On Me, arguably one of the greatest double-disc release in hip-hop history, was recorded in less than two weeks after Pakaveli was released from jail and into the welcoming arms of Death Row. The album, along with his untimely demise, help elevate Shakur from ranks of common gangster rapper to thug disciple.
Stillmatic proved that Nas Stillmattered. There was a lot riding on this 2001 release. Not only was his career on life support after the release of 1999's Nastradamus, The Roc Boys had turned one of Queensbridge's finest into a lyrical punching bag. Fortunately, Esco roared back with "Ether" and the rest, as they say, is history.
The first album to drop since announcing his retirement from rap, 2006's Kingdom Come was met with mixed reviews. Critics cited its uneven pace, slew of skip-worthy tracks and jaded lyrical content as the album's greatest weaknesses. Luckily, Jay made up for KC with the release of American Gangster, which received almost universal acclaim.
Blood in My Eye
The Notorious B.I.G once said that there's no guarantee they'll love you tomorrow. One need look no further than the career of Ja Rule for evidence. Once riding the wave of radio hit after hit, Rule's stock quickly began to plummet following a well-publicized beef with fellow Queens native 50 Cent. Fiddy's relentless character assassination of Ja left his career hanging by a limb. Although Blood sold decent numbers, it failed to achieve the success of his previous releases. Game. Set. Match.SOHH Whatcha think... What comeback albums failed/succeeded - and who needs to release a banging comeback LP?