Chamillionaire's album titles
I’ve been wondering for a while now about the negative association that comes with some of your latest album / mixtape titles and covers...
For Example the titles “Poison”, “Playlist Poison”, “Ammunition”, [“Venom”], “Major Pain” got all somethin negative in a certain way..
Same with the covers of “Major Pain”, “Major Pain 1.5”, or “Mixtape Messiah 7”....
PLEASE DON’T GET ME WRONG....I ain’t sayin that it’s a bad thing or that I don’t like it etc....
It’s just sort of a development I noticed...it got me wondering cuz you actually put out that positive engergy...
But I feel like the covers / titles impart the opposite somehow...
I feel like a cover or the title has a huge impact on your personal association to an album / mixtape...
For Example Eminem’s Recovery album....first thing that comes to my mind when I think of it is the cover and the title....and both brings up a
positive association to me...so I combine that album with somethin positive...(of course the positive association depends on the quality
of its music also, but I just try to say that cover and title got a huge impact aswell)...
I was wonderin if you share this opinion and if you put out that negative-associated covers / titles on purpose due to a specific reason...
Or maybe you look at this from a whole nother perspective?
Again: Please don’t get me wrong, I’m one of your biggest fans, no criticism right here, just a random thought and maybe I’m wrong.
Good question. Yes I do it on purpose. Why? The element of danger is always greater to me than the element of warmth when it comes to rap. Most of the stuff we are talking about is mixtape material. Raw underground mixtape material. Its tough making it out of the underground world and most of the music along the way reflects the struggle. You saw everything I went through along the way. Beefs, label situations, etc etc. I couldn't really tell you anything friendly about that climb when I was in the middle of it. Now when I look back at all of the titles, I feel like they were appropriately named according to whatever I was dealing with at the moment. We used to name them friendly titles like Starvin Marvin, Ace Ventura, and K Mart etc. I can't tell you how many arguments me and Paul used to have about the titles. At first it was cool but then I started to think a lot of the stuff was getting too friendly. The K Mart Blue Light Special Cd title was the title I really hated. Me and Paul could probably laugh about all that stuff now but back then I was like "Naw Mayne."
Mixtape Messiah was my first personal title cuz I wasn't trying to be friendly about anything. I wanted everyone to know I meant business. Some people think that I was subliminally saying I was a God but I was really saying that the mixtape would be the greatest of all mixtapes. You saw what happened with that.....
There was a bunch of friendly stuff coming out at the time. I remember Mike Jones was on a roll and had some hard street records.
"I step in the club throwin' up my set/ Cup full of barre/ Paint drippin' wet"
Yea that was hard.........and then after that everything started leaning towards "D don't fail me now" and during that time period I felt like I had the power to change the landscape. Well at least from an imagery standpoint.
If I can remember correctly, there were some songs by the Ying Yang Twins that were catered to women which had immediate success. Then there was a tidal wave of "Im gonna make rap songs for women too" rappers. I was like ...... "You mean to tell me we are just gonna take all of the rappers from the hood, dress them up, teach them to sing, tell them they are sex symbols, turn them all into ladies men, and then magically sell records?"
At what cost?
It was either that or the opposite for me..... Nothing wrong with songs for women if thats who you are, but when every upcoming hood rapper started doing it too.....Thats when it became a problem. The balance started disappearing.........
Remember the album was supposed to be called Controversy Sells then that had to be changed to The Sound of Revenge. Even with movie titles, the element of danger has always seemed more interesting to me. Batman Dark Knight or Friends with Benefits? Which would you pick? Really? If you say friends with benefits then I'm gonna assume you are a woman.
Since you mentioned Eminem let me ask you this: Would you rather see eminem put a warm sunset on the cover of a cd or a Jason mask? You don't have to answer because we all know what the answer is.....
Ok ill admit, any artist looking to get more female fans would rightfully pick a sunset album cover over a Jason mask. That would probably be the right decision for that type of rapper....... but it still wouldn't be dope to me...... Just like the Good Morning cover image that universal made wasn't that dope to me. I don't know what else they would have put there though.....
If I look at it from another perspective, Meek Mill's mixtape Dream Chasers is a positive title ........So there are some people doing that effectively out there....
Good question man. I know I went a little of topic.....
I just know a lot of people think im friendlier than I actually am and I don't try to push that stereotype or image any further......
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