The 10 Best Musical Supervillains

 Musicians that would make for the best super villains

Editor’s Note: This list originally published in 2012. With another summer of non-stop superhero movies (including Friday’s reboot of Fantastic Four) and the release of the first Suicide Squad trailer, this seemed like a great time to revisit our favorite music supervillains.

Last week, we gave you the Best Musical Superheroes. This week, we go to the Jokers, Magnetos, and Lex Luthers of music: the best music supervillains. While music no doubt has its fair share of noble heroes, rock ‘n’ roll has a long tradition of propagating evil personas to shock and scare our culture. So in honor  of our summer filled with superheroes, here are the villains in music most capable of conquering the world.
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The Legend of John Legend

Who ever decided John Legend should be featured on every major hip-hop release to come out, and when was this decision made?  God, that’s who.  It is true God rested on the seventh day, but in all actuality he spent the majority of that seventh day contemplating the creation of singer/songwriter John Legend almost 8,000 years later.  Hit the jump for the main talking points of why John Legend was actually not a gift from God, but a curse.
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LxListening: The Time is Nigh

We are inching closer to our end of the year lists.  It’s really just a month or so away until we release the definitive account of the year in music, including albums, songs, and new artists.  With that in mind, I want to recognize more artists who have made a mark on 2012.  I hope everyone enjoys these five songs we put out most Fridays, but more than anything I like to use these lists just as much for myself.  It is convenient to have a record of what music we were enjoying at particular moments during the year.  I can look back to a LxListening post from early in the year and refresh my memory as to why I liked a certain track or was digging a certain artist.  It’s kind of like Todd’s sex journal, only instead of trying to refresh his memory to figure out who gave him the clap, I identify certain moods or trends in my musical tastes.  After that tasteless jab, I have no choice but to press on and give you five more tracks to brighten your Friday.
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2 Chainz Review: Based on a T.R.U. Story

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Based on a T.R.U. Story

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This is about as money, drugs, and hoes as it gets people.  There are two tracks called “Money Machine” and “Crack”, which respectively cover the money and drugs categories by their titles.  Beyond that, the chorus for “Birthday Song” features a hook which not only covers the “ho” aspect of T.R.U. Story, but also pretty accurately describes every adolescent boy’s birthday wish when blowing out the candles, “All I want for my birthday is a big booty ho”.  So that’s something relatable I guess.

This not to say Based on a T.R.U. Story lacks in occasionally being quality entertainment.  I just think that a few hot guest verses created a set of unrealistic expectations for 2 Chainz.  Everyone seems to look good working with Kanye, like 2 Chainz did on “Mercy”, and his verse on Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap” was a breath of fresh air on a somewhat painful record.  Because of these and other nice guest spots, something between hope and legitimate expectation developed for 2 Chainz to release what Rick Ross, David Banner, and Young Jeezy haven’t been able to this year:  a fancy-packaged big-box rap album that delivers on all fronts.
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Top Ten Thursday: Villainy

 Musicians that would make for the best super villains

Last week, we gave you the Best Musical Superheroes. This week, we go to the Jokers, Magnetos, and Lex Luthers of music: the best music supervillains. While music no doubt has its fair share of noble heroes, rock ‘n’ roll has a long tradition of propagating evil personas to shock and scare our culture. So in honor  of our summer filled with superheroes, here are the villains in music most capable of conquering the world.
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Nicki Minaj Review: Unique Doesn’t Always Mean Good

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Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

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I think most people would agree that while Pink Friday was a supreme disappointment, bordering on unmitigated disaster.  Featuring a wide array of terrible samples and unnecessary guest spots, Nicki’s debut was bland by her frenetic standards.  Not only was Pink Friday bland, it also revealed her greatest flaw as an artist: self-awareness.  I believe this flaw is why Nicki has shined more on tracks with other established artists than on tracks where she is the focal point (Kanye’s “Monster”, Lil’ Wayne’s “What’s Wrong With Them”, Young Money’s “F*** da Bullsh**”).  And in fact the one track from Pink Friday that spoke to her potential was “Roman’s Revenge”, which had the creative imprint of Eminem all over it. 

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Wale Review: A Breath of Hip-Hop Fresh Air

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Ambition

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There has been this absurd narrative floating around, basically lauding Wale for resurrecting from the dead to release a second studio album. It’s not like the guy completely shat the bed on his debut or anything, it was just an utter commercial failure. In essence, this narrative is propagating the theory that the only hip-hop albums of any value are those with mass commercial appeal.
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