It's not even about the content of his lyrics for me. It's the quality of them. I'm not expecting '94 Nas from Kanye, but there is some laughably bad shit on this album. It's not a total deal breaker, just a little disappointing. I'm with you on the production skill critiques, though. I guess the production isn't for everyone, but I like that it's abrasive and rough around the edges. It fits the mood of the album.