The 50 Worst Rap Album Fails

24. Black Sheep, Non-Fiction (1994)

Label: Mercury/PolyGram Records
Worst Song: "Let's Get Cozy"


It'd be easy to label Dres and Mista Lawnge one-hit wonders since "The Choice Is Yours" is still bringing in checks for the duo (word to those dancing hamsters!). But the truth is that their debut, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing, was a classic album in 1991 thanks to their impeccable beat selection and their playful chemistry on the mic. But Black Sheep decided to take three years off before releasing their follow-up in December 1994.

And during that hiatus two things happened. Hip-hop went through a complete reinvention headlined by Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystle and then Nas' Illmatic and The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready To Die, signaling a changed tenor and completely changed production techniques, as chopped samples replaced simple loops. On top of that the once whimsical Dres and Mista Lawnge's became self-consciously mature and disillusioned from their teenaged success. When it dropped their lifeless, self-serious sophomore release disappointed their few remaining fans, and sidelined the group for nearly a decade.

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