Guessing a classic is an impossible science. Sifting through the tangled web of hype and BS record labels pump into the media these days can get even the most jaded music fan gassed-up for an album, only to feel thoroughly disappointed and even a bit cheated when the actual product can’t live up to the hype. But sometimes the stars align; Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III was easily the most hyped album of the past 5-6 years, and it delivered. The trick is to recognize when an artist is truly on a roll, and when an artist has been able to capture the imagination of the public in a way that gives them something akin to a musical Midas touch.
These three albums, I believe, will live up to the hype (and you are all welcome to publicly call me out if I’m wrong). I’ve got a sixth sense about these things, people.
It’s sort of what I do.