Black Thought Is Way Too Good At Rapping

So, the EP is real, son. The collaboration between Black Thought and 9th Wonder is actually real, man. All I know is, even though the EP has only five songs, it’s EXACTLY what I want to hear from both of these gentlemen. Now, as expected, 9th holds down the production side. However, it’s still awe-inspiring how fucking great Thought is at rapping, fam. All in all, damn near EVERYONE’s favorite rapper isn’t fucking with this dude, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Thought and 9th put out Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 last Friday. Apparently, this EP is the first in a series between the two legends. Anyway, four of the five songs are produced by 9th, and one is produced by Khrysis. Basically, the EP is a collaboration between Thought and 9th’s Soul Council. In any case, despite only being 17 minutes, Thought manages to pack an insane amount of vocabulary in each verse, son. Like, I’ve never heard a rapper say a name like Dostoyevsky which such ease, man. Keeping it a buck, there’s NO WAY a person can absorb everything that Thought says in one listen, fam. Frankly, this EP needs to be on repeat to catch all of the gems, bruh.

Listen, a rapper is really good at rapping when I don’t even notice that there aren’t really any hooks in the songs, son. Somehow, Thought is getting better and I don’t understand it, man. Like, how can one man be so damn good for so damn long, fam? For reference, The Roots‘s debut album, Organix, came out in May of 1993. Meaning, Thought has been an upper, upper echelon emcee for 25 years, bruh. *Sigh* What the fuck else needs to be said, folks? Not a cotdamn thing!

In the end, salute to that man, Black Thought. Salute to 9th Wonder, son. Ultimately, even though I’m a fan of today’s music, I’m still hyped that lyricists like Thought still exist, man. By and by, we should continue to applaud and champion emcees who’ve mastered the art of rhyming, fam. At the end of the day, that’s what Hip-Hop was founded on, bruh: saying the dopest shit possible. That is all. LC out.

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What The Hell Are Joe Budden & Drake Doing?

To start off, the fact I’m a few weeks late in regards to speaking about this subject is very telling. In all honesty, I thought the foolishness would’ve died down by now, but noooooo. Everyday, a new detail comes out about the rift between Joe Budden and Drake, and I’m more confused than I was previously. Is this what rap beef has become, man? If so, I want absolutely no parts of it, son.

Usually, when I’m speaking about a new subject, I might say something like “in case you missed it.” However; if anyone hasn’t heard about this situation yet, then I wonder if that person has access to the Internet. The only part that might be fuzzy to people is how the shenanigans began in the first place. Now, for anyone confused about this facet of the story, let me fill in the details.

To begin, Joe has a weekly podcast titled I’ll Name This Podcast Later. Right after Drake’s Views album came out, Joe took to his podcast to say Aubrey sounded “real fucking uninspired.” He also said this in a vocal tone that was so passionate, I was dying from laughter while listening to the show. From there, French Montana popped up on Instagram, playing a snippet of a new song he had with Drake, where Drake can be heard saying “pump, pump, pump it up” at the beginning of his verse. Now, for anyone familiar with rap music, they’ll probably remember “Pump It Up” was the highest charting song Joe Budden ever released. With that being said, the Interwebz lost its collective mind with speculation that Drake was coming to “Meek Mill” Joey.

Never one to back down from a lyrical challenge, Joe decided to strike first with a diss track titled “Making A Murderer Pt. 1.” After receiving no response, he doubled back and released another diss track, this one called “Wake.” For me, this is where shit starts to get extra silly, son. Instead of releasing a real rebuttal to Joe, the full version of Montana’s “No Shopping” finally came out, with Drake’s lines towards Joe on display. As retaliation, Joe put out a third diss song, “Afraid.” Finally, after another period of radio silence from Drake, Joe dropped ANOTHER diss song, this one called “Just Because.”

Ok, look, this entire feud makes absolutely no sense to me. The bars on “No Shopping” are what got this whole shindig started in the first place. Joe already released two songs addressing these lines. So, why would he send out MORE bars to re-address the same shit he already addressed? In addition, why the fuck is Drake so quiet? I don’t want to hear the “Joe Budden is irrelevant” argument I’m seeing all over social media. If his words were really that irrelevant, Drake wouldn’t have taken shots at him on French’s song, he wouldn’t have mentioned Joe’s name during a recent concert and he wouldn’t be DMing Joe on Instagram. Side bar, what part of rap beef is DMing your opponent? What part of rap beef is inviting your adversary to a concert at Madison Square Garden and daring said adversary to release 25 diss tracks beforehand for $10,000? What happened to the days when dudes actually traded real bars with one another? Memes ain’t got shit to do with lyrical ability, son. That’s why I can’t respect what Drake is doing right. He can respond to Meek, but he’s too shook to get at people like Joe and Pusha T, who’s been lighting his ass up for some time now.

In the end, rap has become so corny, man. I can’t take the tomfoolery anymore. Good thing I’ve got this Maxwell blackSUMMERS’night album in rotation, son. I might as well get my woman in the mood to drop them drawers as opposed to watching grown men act like children. Good day.