I Hate My Album: Five Artists Who Dissed Their Own Work
Albums are to artists what children are to parents: You never want your favorite kids to move out, but you can't wait to send the other ones off to college. (Rocks Off should know; we were one of those favorites.) Here, we salute five artists who were brave enough to distance themselves from their own albums.
5. Brandy, Human (2008)
Despite Human's decent Billboard showing and surprising critical applause, Brandy tried to distance herself from the album. "To hell with that album!" she famously told Out magazine in an interview. Her reasoning was that Human suffered because some of the people on her team weren't in the same creative space. "It would've been hotter music and a hotter look."
While Mos Def didn't verbally diss True Magic, his unwillingness to promote it was loud and clear. Nothing says "I'm so proud of this album" like releasing it in a clear casing with no cover art or song credits. Not to mention that a good chunk of True Magic played like mixtape material. Word on the street was that Mos Def dropped this dud solely to fulfill his contractual obligations to Geffen at the time.
While serving a year-long jail stint in 2007, Foxy Brown teamed up with Koch Records to release a recklessly orchestrated album titled Brooklyn's Don Diva. When Brown heard the finished product she wanted nothing to do with her own album. She swiftly apologized for the mess: "Unfortunately, during my incarceration, this CD was compiled without my approval. I heard this CD in its entirety, for the first time, just days ago and was devastated."