The standard critical position (in 2012) is that the Internet massively overrated Hell Hath no Fury in an attempt to make up for ingoring the Clipse at their peak and that’s partially true. But there’s no denying that while Lord Willin was the more complete album, HHNF’s peaks were absolutely stunning. Nightmares might just be the greatest song Pharell will ever write (and let’s face it, it’s a Pharell song with two great Clipse verses). Even better chopped and screwed.
Maybe that’s your standard critical opinion, but I ask you this: Where is the bad verse on HHNF?
Yeah. We’re waiting. What’s wrong with HHNF?
Nothing “wrong” per say but tracks like Wamp Wamp, Ain’t Cha and Trill just aren’t as good as similar tracks on Lord Willin. Basically the dark stuff got better but their pop tracks lost a step (a trend that would only continue.) That’s not necessarily on them though, The Neptunes were at the end of a fantastic, industry dominating run.
I think that’s a fair assessment. That said, I’m perfectly fine with the direction the pop tracks went in. A valid reflection of where the group (and the Neptunes) were at the time.