Next Millenium

next millenium

Bounty Killer hasn’t always released great stuff, but he’s always been consistently good. That is, until now. Perhaps he’s been hanging around the Wu-Tang Clan a bit too much, because half of this album is hip-hop reggae. And most of these tracks have guest rappers, so they turn out sounding like hip-hop songs. If I wanted a damn Wu-Tang album, I would’ve bought a damn Wu-Tang album. Mid to late-’90s rappers like Noreaga, Mobb Deep, and Kilah Priest, while well-respected hardcore artists, are played-out in my book. Except for a chosen few rappers, the entire hip-hop industry has become tired in the latter half of the ’90s (ironically, as it has become more popular than ever). Whereas in the ’80s and early ’90s, it was on the cutting edge of music, now it is mainstream, with white bread suburbanites pushing its albums habitually into the Top 10. That said, even the dancehall cuts on Next Millennium aren’t all that hot, with only “Eagle and di Hawk,” “Big Life,” and “Reggae Party” being OK (The latter would actually be better without Bounty Killer and Shaggy; it would be a solid Third World tune.) Bounty Killer even explores his pop side in a couple of songs: “It’s a Party” is a decent R&B/dance party jam tailor-made for the radio by Wyclef Jean, while “A Love That’s Real” features an “Eye of the Tiger”-like rock guitar riff. Bounty may have killed his fan base with this effort.