Nah, Usher, We’re Good

So, before anyone out there thinks I’m hating, let me make one thing clear: I’m a big Usher fan, son. I mean, if we’re being real here, he has one of the strongest discographies in R&B history, man. Listen, any artist who goes from My Way to 8701 to Confessions should never be disrespected, fam. Hell, I even think Here I Stand is criminally underrated, bruh. Honestly, the title track alone is worth the price of admission, folks. With all of that being said, this new album ain’t it, people. All in all, Trap Usher needs to get the fuckity-fuck outta here, brethren.

Ok, for those who missed it, Usher just dropped a surprise album on Friday. Moving on, not only did his “A” album come out of nowhere, but it also features only one producer: Zaytoven. Now, for anybody who’s unfamiliar with Zaytoven, let me explain it like this: pick any Gucci Mane or Future jam from the past 10 years and there’s a good chance that Zaytoven did it. Hell, he’s a staple in the Atlanta music scene, son. In any case, he solely handles the boards on Usher’s latest effort.

To be clear, my issue with this album is not Zaytoven’s production. Hell, the beats sound exactly the way I would expect them to, man. Real talk, my problem is Usher, fam. Listen, in 2018, I’m not trying to hear Trap Usher. I’m not trying to hear Strip Club Usher. I’m not trying to hear Turn Up Usher. Look, does everyone see where I’m going with this? On the real, Usher is too damn grown to be singing about childish subjects, bruh. Like, he’s a legend, people. He shouldn’t feel the need to chase trends. Keeping it a buck, that’s why his last few projects haven’t been hitting. He’s more concerned with keeping up with the times than simply being himself.

In the end, no thanks, Usher. Ultimately, the minute he gets back with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, I’ll be back onboard, son. Fam, did Usher hear Cox’s work on Ella Mai‘s “Dangerous?” *Sigh* That could’ve been an Usher joint, man. Anyway, the point is, I want Usher to sound like Usher, bruh. I don’t want him to sound like 6lack. Side note, I’m a 6lack fan, so don’t take that as a diss. Anyway, I’m not here for the “A” album. That’s all I have to say, folks. That is all. LC out.

Did J. Cole Diss Kanye West & Drake?

Damn, it was all good just a week ago, son. That dude Kanye West just can’t seem to catch a break, man. At this point, I’ve already chronicled a bunch of the fuck shit he’s been involved in, but now we may have to add “dissed by J. Cole” to the list. After watching Cole’s Eyez documentary on Tidal, it definitely seems like Cole took shots at both Kanye and Drake on his “False Prophets” song. If that’s the case, let the games begin!

Now, this is one of those cases where I’d much rather quote the words directly, as opposed to just paraphrasing. With that being said, take a look at what Cole said in one of the song’s verses:

“Life is a balance/You lose your grip you could slip into an abyss/No doubt, you see these niggas trippin’/Ego in charge of every move, he’s a star/ And we can’t look away due to the days when he caught our hearts/He’s falling apart but we deny it/ Justifying the half-assed shit he drop, we always buy it/When he tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately/ It’s been hard for him to look into the mirror lately/There was a time when this nigga was my hero maybe/That’s the reason why his fall from grace is hard to take/’Cause I believed him when he said his shit was purer and he the type of nigga swear he real but all around is fake/The women, the dickriders, you know, the yes men/ Nobody with the balls to say something to contest him/So it grows out of control/ Until the person that he truly was all along is starting to show…”

Ok, so, I peeped the possible allusions to Kanye from the jump, but by the time Cole got to the “he tell us he a genius” line, I was convinced he was coming for Yeezus‘ neck, son. I mean, he would have to come out directly and say he wasn’t talking about Ye for me to think otherwise, man. Even then, I still probably wouldn’t believe him. In any case, Cole verbalized what a lot of people, including myself, currently think about Kanye. There’s no denying the man’s a legend, but at some point, his fuckery needs to stop. To me, he’s diminishing his legacy with his persistent irrational behavior. As I said in a previous post, maybe his recent hospital visit will really do him some good. Honestly, that’s all I really want, at this point.

Moving on, I also peeped the possible snipe shot he took at good ol’ Drake. As of right now, no one should be surprised by the news that Drake doesn’t write all of his rhymes. Now, if anyone is still a nonbeliever, just Google “Quentin Miller reference tracks” and have a ball, son. With that being said, when Cole rapped “but come to find out, these niggas don’t even write they shit/Hear some new style bubblin’ up, then they bite the shit,” the only person that came to mind was Aubrey. I mean, isn’t that what he actually does? Let’s be real, how many hit songs has Drake just jumped on so he can ride the wave? Whether we’re talking about Waka Flocka Flame‘s “Round Of Applause,” Migos‘ “Versace” or Fetty Wap‘s “My Way,” Drake has a history of doing exactly what Cole said, man. I still enjoy the dude’s music, but facts are facts, bro. It just is what it is, son.

In the end, I’m never mad at Rap beef, man. As long as the participants can actually rhyme and no one gets hurt, let’s have a fucking free-for-all, son. Rap is a contact sport, bro. Let the gladiators gladiate. Now, I’m positive I used “gladiate” wrong, but I don’t even care. I’m just with the shits, bro. Good day.

P.S. I also peeped how in another new song Cole dissed a bunch of young rappers with “Lil” in their names. Man, I don’t know who pissed in homie’s Cheerios, but he’s coming for everyone, son. The thing is, I support all of it, bro. Viva la punchlines! That is all.