Queen City Beer League’s Best Rap Album Of the 2000’s Tournament: Sweet Sixteen

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It’s been over a week since the round of 32 dropped, but if Dr. Dre can take 15 years to drop a new album then you idiots can certainly wait a few days for the results of a completely hypothetical rap music tournament. Alas, the results are in and there are some ridiculously impossible matchups this time around. So sit back, relax, and be prepared to curse my name when your favorite album gets the hook. I know you all have been losing tons of sleep trying to find anything to fill the void left by the absence of QCBL’s Best Rap Album of the 2000’s Tourney, but we’re officially back in action. In the words of Lil Tunechi “Sorry 4 the wait.”

In case you need to brush up on the rules, go back and check them out here.

Round of 32 Results

Let’s get after it.

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The Matchups

 

1.) Kanye West- The College Dropout Vs. 5.) T.I.- Paper Trail


 
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Two guys who owned the 2000’s and still run the game today square off in the first matchup of the second round. Both albums feature a ton of hits as well as monster features like Hov, Jamie Foxx, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Common. I’m a big T.I. guy, but it’s tough to deny Ye’s ‘The College Dropout’ which is won a Grammy and is widely considered one of the best rap albums ever made. Yeezus walks on to the Elite 8.

Winner:

 

 

3.) Lil Wayne- Tha Carter II Vs. 2.)Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP


 
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Em and Wayne go head to head in this titanic struggle of sophomore albums. A lot of similarities between the two when you really think about it. Both CD’s were follow up’s to a monster rookie campaign, both albums sort of catapulted these two into superstardom, and both feature several joints that are still considered classics to this day. Tough to pick a winner here. On one hand you have a Grammy winning CD that features arguably one of the greatest and most heavy hitting rap songs ever made in ‘Stan’ versus a street album that features hit after hit after hit. I hate to even have to choose, but gun to my head, I’m picking Tha Carter II and let’s move on before I think too much about this one.

Winner:

 

 

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The Matchups

 

1.) Eminem- The Eminem Show Vs. 5.) Kanye West- Late Registration


 
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Remember earlier when I said there were some near impossible matchups this time around? Well, this is exactly what I was talking about. Two classic, Grammy winning albums going head to head in a win or go home tilt. “Drive Slow” and “Touch the Sky” are both top ten Kanye songs in my opinion, and when I say top ten I really mean more like top 3. Despite all that, The Eminem Show is a damn near flawless album from front to back and may be my favorite CD I’ve ever personally owned. I bet if I looked hard enough I could still find my original copy lying around my parent’s house somewhere. Choosing between these two is like a parent trying to decide which kid is their favorite, but right now my heart is leaning towards Em.

Winner:

 

 

3.) Game- The Documentary Vs. 2.) Jay-Z- The Blueprint


 
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Can’t have a rap music tournament without a little East Coast Vs. West Coast flavor, and who better to square off than two legends from each respective seaboard. Hov was a bonafide rap megastar by the time he dropped The Blueprint, but Game burst on to the gangsta rap scene when he dropped The Documentary. Up until this point, I had felt pretty good about my shoot from the hip seeding and matchups, but this is the first time I wish I could go back and move things around a bit. I absolutely LOVE The Documentary, but no way is Game taking down Hov’s The Blueprint. Not in this tourney at least.

Winner:

 

 

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The Matchups

 

1.) 50 Cent- Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Vs. 5.) Drake- Thank Me Later


 
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It’s the clash of the rookie sensations, although you could make the argument that both of these dudes already had it made before they even dropped their first studio albums. If you’ve ever read any music related blog on this site, you probably know I’m a big Drake fan, but that doesn’t mean Drizzy just automatically waltzes into the Elite 8. Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ is one of the best rap albums ever made.

Winner:

 

 

6.) Eminem- The Slim Shady LP Vs. 2.) Kanye West- Graduation


 
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The Slim Shady LP and Graduation is the second matchup featuring Grammy winning albums, however this tilt isn’t going to be nearly as close as the first one. The Slim Shady LP introduced the world to Eminem, but Graduation is as good as rap albums get. Probably definitely my favorite Yeezy album. Graduation wins handily.

Winner:

 

 

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The Matchups

 

1.) Lil Wayne- Tha Carter III Vs. 4.) T.I.- Trap Muzik


 
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Both T.I. and Wayne were at the forefront of that big time Southern hip-hop movement that took over in the early to mid 2000’s. T.I. came on strong with Trap Muzik and never really looked back, but Tha Carter III was the pinnacle of Wayne’s career and one of the most highly anticipated albums I can ever remember. I think most folks would agree Tha Carter III is Tune’s finest work and that’s why it’s advancing to the round round of 8.

Winner:

 

 

6.) Ludacris- Word Of Mouf Vs. 2.) Young Jeezy- Thug Motivation 101


 
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Not a lot of blowouts here in the second round, but to be completely honest, Luda’s Word Of Mouf never really stood a chance. TM101 is undoubtedly Jeezy’s best work to date and has clearly stood the test of time. Word on the street is that the TM101 anniversary concert was off the chain, including special guests, Outkast, Usher, and Kanye West. Don’t even sit here and tell me you wouldn’t go to that concert (assuming you don’t get shot). Personally, not a week goes by where I don’t listen to at least a couple Jizzle bangers from TM101 during my afternoon workouts. If you can’t get fired up to songs like “Trap Or Die” or “How Ya Feel,” you just don’t have a pulse.

Winner:

 

 

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

Final Four coming soon- For real this time.

About Q-Ball

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