our score: 1.5 out of 5.0
Louis based rapper Chingy may seem to be the heir apparent to
the current big “buzz” in hip-hop (so much so, that
he even named his debut effort Jackpot). But don’t
let the self-important tile influence you.
his first single “Right Thurr,” has come close to
being the “song of the summer” (arguably right behind
Beyonce’s “ Crazy In Love”), the rest of Jackpot
beams with rehashed beats and unimaginative wordplay. Though Chingy
must have thought he was putting out the "ultimate party
disc” (like most hip-hoppers claim to do with each new product),
he fails on too many counts.
“Wurrs My Cash" and "He's
Herre" suffer from banality and over use of the exaggeratedly
pronounced “rrrr’s” that he had used to good
effect on “Right Thurr.”
Even relying on the skill of Ludacris (who
serves at the producer of “Jackpot”), Chingy still
comes off as jejune, in spite of all the media attention he has
gotten (not in the least from Entertainment TV’s David Adelson,
who had recently over-hyped Chingy’s then forthcoming debut
in recent broadcasts. No big surprise, as Adelson is often wrong).
Chingy fails primarily is in his lack of originality. Most of
his lyrics sound like leftovers from Snoop’s 1993’s
DoggyStyle and his blatant Eminem copy on “Square
Dance” just falls flat.
None of this will stop Jackpot from being
a big seller, as it debuted at #2 in its first week of release.
Now, if you think the fact that the hip-hop
world was in a state of unbearable unimaginativeness was just
fiction, then spend your bucks on Jackpot. But don’t be
surprised if you find yourself hocking it too a used CD store
by late September.
2. He's Herre
3. Represent (featuring Tity Boi, I-20)
4. Right Thurr
5. Jackpot the Pimp (Skit)
6. Wurrs My Cash
7. Chingy Jackpot
8. Sample Dat Ass (featuring Murphy Lee)
9. One Call Away (featuring Jason Weaver)
10. Dice Game (Skit)
11. Gettin' It
12. Holidae In (featuring Ludacris and Snoop
14. F*ck Dat Nigga (Skit)
15. Madd @ Me
16. Bagg Up