Chamillionaire
Ultimate Victory


4.0
excellent

Review

by Iluvatar EMERITUS
September 16th, 2007 | 74 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I got a degree/But my felony wont let me get a job/Life is so hard/And just today somebody stole my car and bus don't run my way/I think i'll walk the street today"

Chamillionaire just came out of fucking nowhere. This month was supposed to be a battle between Kanye and 50 for both the best and highest selling hip hop album. However, those two pretty much fumbled the ball and instead of really pushing forward, relied on what they’ve been doing for three albums now. But then, the dude who everybody thought had an awesome song in “Ridin’” but was pretty much discardable otherwise, put everything he had into a little album called Ultimate Victory. The result" A cohesive and complete album in the world of Southern rap.

“The Morning News” and “The Evening News” both play on the same concept of Chamillionaire acting as reporter, giving us a rather unabashed take on current affairs and some tie ins with hip hop. While “The Morning News” is a great opening track and sets up the stage for Chamillionaire’s blunt intelligence (tackling issues such Al Sharpton’s hypocrisy, the giant divide between upper and middle class, and the disowning of educated black people), the real gem here is “The Evening News.” More of an attack than “Morning News” was, it features one of the best verses on the entire album:


We still haven't found Pac's killer, still haven't found Biggie's either,
30 minutes into the case they got tired and took a breather,
Snoop Dogg just got arrested, everyday he get a new subpoena,
Innocent when murder was the case so the prosecution got a middle finger,
Hip-Hop is sweeping the nation, but the contents seem so degrading,
Most rappers got new albums that white kids are anticipating,
If you don't like it on the radio or the television then switch the station,
Flavor Flav get a lot of ratings, Bill O'Reilly somewhere is hating,
Kanye just said WHAT" the president ain't got time for that,
The White House is going to stay white even tho' we know Obama's black,
9/11 was a calculation, and some would say it was a timed attack,
He gave a speech on CNN, "They bombed us, now we're bombing back",
Where the heck is Osama at"

The album isn’t about political discourse for the most part, though. Chamillionaire addresses the main topics every southern rappers got on his mind; money and women. However, it isn’t bragging anymore; instead, he sings about the jealousy hes encountered since he became big time, the backstabbers coming back to him asking for help, and them nappy headed hos. In fact, the song “Industry Groupie,” a hilarious song about how Chamillionaires sick of all those “golddiggers”, “culos,” “strippers,” and any other number of derogative terms for money grubbing women that have been said in the past few years. Its actually one of the most honestly fun songs you’ll hear this year, with “Don't try to lie, Don't try to cry, Ain't nothing more for us to talk about Like Unk said take 2-Steps towards the door and just walk it out” causing multiple laughs from the crowd I was around listening to this with.

There are far too many good tracks to attempt to talk about all of them. Theres the smoothness of “Pimp Mode”, the song which discrowns “P.I.M.P” as the pimp anthem of the new millenium (well, at least to this white guy). “Come Back to the Streets,” the token song about selling out on the album, where Cham announces his dedication to the street and putting down the rappers who shamelessly embrace the high life. Then there iss the completely out of nowhere song “Stuck in the Ghetto.” The emotionally charged song on the album, Tony Henry gives a fantastic performance as an educated black man that through his mistakes is still stuck in the ghetto, but still cant help but love it. It’s the point on the album that it really hits you; Cham hasn’t tried to recreate The Sound of Revenge at all, and has completely avoided creating another song like Ridin’.

Perhaps he should have had included a club banger on here though, instead of one of the few missteps Cham takes. Of course, any collaboration with Lil Wayne is bound to fail, and “Rock Star” is certainly no exception. It’s just a takeoff of all those songs like “Party Like a Rockstar” and any recent Paul Wall song. “I Think I Love You” is a clever song about love for money, but after the novelty wears off its just a generic and under-whelming song about money. Finally, “You Must Be Crazy” just sucks. There iss nothing in particular about it that makes it bad, its just terribly unspecial and sounds more like a 50 Cent song than anything else. Not inherently bad, until you consider it sounds like a song from Curtis.

Ultimate Victory really is Chamillionaire’s victory over everybody else in the game right now. He not only trumps the big names in rap like 50 and Kanye, he even beats out traditional “intellectual” powerhouses like Common and Talib. That’s all without considering “Hip Hop Police” the best song on the album and the first single. A short story about what amounts to pretty much any rapper being blamed for the violence in the streets. Slick Rick makes an ill appearance, and the concept is an encapsulation of the most important message Chamillionaire is trying to send with the album. Hip hop is dying because of unfounded attacks and criticisms, calling hip hop the reason black society is “falling apart” or what have you. It may not hold much weight coming from a white kid who grew up in an almost-okay neighborhood, but the message that hip hop is just a reflection of the streets and not the other way around is the most important thing hip hop music can be saying right now.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MeowMeow
September 16th 2007


662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thought had an awesome song in “Ridin’” but was pretty much discardable otherwise


Yeah that was me. I didn't care too much for his first album.



However this sounds a thousand times better. I shall be finding this soon.

plane
Emeritus
September 16th 2007


7360 Comments


Good review/congrats on 100/etc. 'Hip Hop Police' rules.

pulseczar
September 16th 2007


2385 Comments


I always thought this guy's beats were always a bit weak so I never got into him. I like that hip hop police song, though, it's about time the chillun learn about Slick Rick.

204409
Emeritus
September 16th 2007


3998 Comments


Why do you review things to have no merit but treat them seriously? That's some pitchfork stuff right there.

AtavanHalen
September 16th 2007


17920 Comments


DFelon, don't be such an elitist shit.

This record has given me a whole new respect for Chamillionaire. He's a really clever lyricist with something to say, a real suprise for his genre.

Your review was good, too, man!

pulseczar
September 16th 2007


2385 Comments


dfelon is just angry no one is begging him for new punk rawk bands

plane
Emeritus
September 16th 2007


7360 Comments


http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15272519&postcount=24653

Electric City
Emeritus
September 16th 2007


15762 Comments


lol nice.

The Jungler
September 16th 2007


4826 Comments


I never really liked Ridin', but Hip Hop police is good, still not sure if I'll ever check this out in full though.
A nice review, congrats on hitting 100.

204409
Emeritus
September 16th 2007


3998 Comments


may have reviewed stupid ****


So you're saying you're the boy who cried wolf?

SCREAM!
September 16th 2007


15754 Comments


I usually hate rap but i heard the first song on this and it was pretty good.

MeowMeow
September 16th 2007


662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm on Pimp Mode now. This shit is awesome so far. Way big improvement.

SpinLightTwo
September 16th 2007


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you for reviewing this man.

I love the sample on Industry Groupie.



Fucking "Final Countdown" is perfect on that song.

SpinLightTwo
September 16th 2007


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree.

When I heard it I didn't realize what it was. Then I was like "Aw shit, Final Countdown."

Spectrum
September 17th 2007


347 Comments


Jeesh, I'm not one to like Rap or Hip-Hop all that much, but you make this sound much better than I would've ever imagined it would be. I actually didn't like the whole "Ridin' Dirty" craze and chose to make fun of it, but hell, I might just give this stuff a shot. Good review, congrats on #100.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 17th 2007


7925 Comments


Chamillionaire painted white is absolutely terrifying. I also like how he rhymes Katrina with Katrina with Katrina. This Message Edited On 09.17.07

plane
Emeritus
September 17th 2007


7360 Comments


Though it makes for the catchiest part of the whole song.

"It's a bloody murda!"

MeowMeow
September 17th 2007


662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So my main problem with this album is that I had trouble sitting through it the entire time. After Welcome To The South, I started to get bored. I've only listened to it once though, so it might change.

ohcleverhansyou
September 17th 2007


885 Comments


Sounds good, but does southern rap get better than Stankonia? Because that album didn't do anything for me, despite the rave I heard for it.

skingle
September 17th 2007


51 Comments


i downloaded this not expecting much, but i was so impressed. ten times better than his first if you ask me.



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