Queen City Beer League’s Best Rap Album Of the 2000’s Tournament Tip Off: Round Of 32

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The tournament finally tips off today. In case you need to brush up on the rules, go back and check them out here.

Let’s dive right in…

 

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The Matchups

 

1.) Kanye West- The College Dropout Vs. 8.) Twista’s Kamikaze


 
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No. 1 overall seed and Yeezus’ best album vs. a surprise entry from another rapper who had a big impact on the 2000’s. Kamikaze has a lot of low key bangers, but not nearly enough to upset maybe the favorite to win the ship, especially when Ye snapped on ‘Slow Jamz,’ the best song on the whole Kamikaze album. The College Dropout wins by a million.

Winner:


 

 

4.) Young Jeezy- The Recession Vs. 5.) T.I.- Paper Trail


 
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Tough 4 vs. 5 matchup right off the bat as ATL’s heavyweights square off in the first round. The Recession features a ton of legit trap bangers in true Jeezy fashion, but Paper Trail is moving on due to the sheer number of radio hits on arguably T.I.’s biggest album. “Swagga Like Us,” “Live Ya Life,” “Whatever You Like,” and “Dead and Gone,” still get play even to this day.

Winner:

 

3.) Lil Wayne- Tha Carter II Vs. 6.) Nelly- Nellyville


 
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Nelly’s best album vs. the album that elevated Wayne to legit superstar status. Say what you want about Tune now with all the drugs and arrests and murder attempts, but back then Wayne was the self proclaimed “Best Rapper Alive” and there was a legitimate argument to have there. Carter II wins big.

Winner:

 

2.) The Marshall Mathers LP Vs. 7.) The State Vs. Radric Davis


 
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People love to make fun of Gucci and the ice cream tats and the insufferable lyrics and the fact that he might legitimately be mentally handicapped, but Gucci made some BANGERS back in the day. No joke, “Wasted” will go down as one of the songs of our generation, but that doesn’t mean Gucci’s best album can even hold a candle to Slim Shady. Em advances.

Winner:

 

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The Matchups

 

1.) Eminem- The Eminem Show Vs. 8.) Fabolous- Loso’s Way


 
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Poor Loso didn’t even really stand a chance here. Of all the great work that Eminem has done, the Eminem show might just be his masterpiece. I think I still might even have my copy laying around somewhere if I look hard enough. Tough to hang your head here if your Fab. He’s more of a mixtape rapper anyway.

Winner:

 

4.) Outkast- Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Vs. 5.) Kanye West- Late Registration


 
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These 4 vs. 5 matchups aren’t getting any easier. Two classic albums from two classic artists. Ye’s Late Registration gets the nod here, but I highly doubt 3 stacks and Big Boi give a shit. They’ll collect royalty checks from now until the end of time because ‘Roses’ and ‘The Way You Move’ get a spin at every wedding ever. Not to mention they got a Grammy to boot.

Winner:

 

3. Game- The Documentary Vs. 6. Rick Ross- Port Of Miami


 
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Two debut albums that launched two major superstars square off in this 3 vs. 6 matchup. Ross assumed the identity of the real life “Freeway” Rick Ross and launched a big time career as a dope boy rapper using that persona, but Game is as real as it gets and brings that hardcore West Coast attitude on every single track. Love Ross, love Game, but The Documentary wins in a nailbiter.

Winner:

 

2.) Jay-Z- The Blueprint Vs. 7.) Nas- Ether


 
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Jay-Z and Nas have some of the most notorious rap beef of all time, so it’s only fitting that these two square off in the tournament. Nas was much bigger in the 90’s than he was in the 2000’s, but Stillmatic was still a solid album. Unfortunately for Nasty, it wasn’t good enough to unseed Hov’s Blueprint album, even though “Ether” is still the greatest diss track of all time.

RIP Hov.

Winner:

 

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The Matchups

 

1.) 50 Cent- Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Vs. 8.) Ja Rule- Rule 3:36


 
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Another big time 2000’s rap beef between 50 and the Cookie Monster highlights the third 1 vs. 8 matchup. If we were including the total body of work between these two and/or a greatest hits album, Rule might have a chance, but remember, none of those so Ja is going home with his tail tucked between his legs. Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ is still one of the best rap albums ever.

Winner:

 

4.) Rick Ross- Teflon Don Vs. Drake- Thank Me Later


 
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Ross’ Teflon Don was the first real album of the Ross we know today. The Ross that ended 50’s career and became a legit superstar overcoming the whole corrections officer thing. Drake’s Thank Me Later was no slouch either, the debut album that launched a career as the biggest rapper on the planet for the 6 God. This matchup is close, but in the end Champagne Papi takes this tilt by a slim margin.

 

Winner:

 

3. Jay-Z- The Black Album Vs. 6.) The Slim Shady LP


 
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LOTS of classics on these two albums right here. “Moment of Clarity,” “99 Problems,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” “Guilty Conscience,” “My Name Is,” I can keep going. Em get’s a slight edge here though. Even though The Black Album is still one of Jay-Z’s best, The Slim Shady LP launched a career and was the first taste of young Em, who I think most people would agree is probably the best rapper of all time.

 

Winner:

 

2.) Kanye West- Graduation Vs. 7.) Kid Cudi- Man On the Moon


 
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The protege takes on the sensei in this 1 vs. 8 tilt. Maybe it’s just because I spent a couple years at Ohio U where there’s a large contingent of Cleveland kids, but that Cudi album was all the rage. You couldn’t go to a pregame, a party, or a bar without hearing some sort of cut off of the Cleveland guy’s album, but unfortunately for Kid, there’s no way his one hit wonder album is knocking off my personal favorite Kanye album.

 

Winner:

 

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The Matchups

 

1.) Lil Wayne- Tha Carter III Vs. 8.) 50 Cent- Curtis


 
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Opposite ends of the spectrum for 50 and Wayne with these two albums. Tha Carter III was maybe the most anticipated album I can ever remember and for the most part lived up to the hype. Curtis on the other hand was the beginning of the end for 50 as it went downhill after he lost his albums sold bet to Kanye. I still fucked with Curtis heavy though. That was my go to on the way to am baseball practices junior year of high school.

 

Winner:

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4.) T.I. – Trap Muzik Vs. 5.) Nelly- Country Grammar


 
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Much like the Jay and Em matchup earlier, there’s a ton of all time jams coming off of these two joints. The crazy part is that these were the first major studio albums for these two respectively. Another tough call, but Trap Muzik makes the Sweet 16. Outside of “E.I.” “Ride Wit Me,” and “Country Grammar,” Trap Muzik is just a better CD plain and simple. Also fuck St. Louis.

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3.) Outkast- Stankonia Vs. 6.) Ludacris- Word Of Mouf


 
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Another tough matchup between the ATL’s hip-hop heavyweights. Both Luda and the Outkast crew have gone on to huge careers in the rap game and in movie industry as well, so all things considered this is probably the toughest individual matchup to decide thus far. So tough in fact, we’re going with a coin flip to decide the winner. Heads, Outkast. Tails, Luda. Ready, set, flip. It’s tails. Luda edges out the Grammy winner and moves on.

 

 
Winner:

 

2.) Young Jeezy- Thug Motivation 101 Vs. 7.) Trilla- Rick Ross


 
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Jeezy Vs. Ross caps the last matchup of the first round. Both albums are criminally underrated in their own right. Trilla might be Ross’ best album to date and TM101 doesn’t get nearly the shine it deserves for being one of not just the best albums of the 2000’s, but one of the best rap albums ever made. TM101 advances just a week after it’s tenth birthday.

 

Winner:

 

 

If you have any comments or picks regarding the tournament, hit me up on Twitter @TheBeerLeague_, @QuineTime.

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