20. CARMEN: A HIP-HOPERA (2001)
Starring: Mos Def, Rah Digga, Wyclef Jean, Bow Wow, Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri
Why it sucks: We all love rap music, right? And there’s nothing purer than a cipher full of gifted lyricists trading bars simply for the sport of it. Well, the made-for-MTV movie Carmen: A Hip-Hopera is the evil inverse of the best freestyle sessions and battles.
Based on Georges Bizet’s classic opera, Carmen, this high-profile turkey gives both musicals and hip-hop bad names, telling a stilted tale of tragic love through a series of rapped dialogue. Fans of Black Star are forced to watch Mos Def go line-for-line with Mekhi Phifer, not Talib Kweli, while Da Brat narrates the story in ways Morgan Freeman would never dream of (for good reason). In this collection of lyrical battles, rap heads are the ones who lose.