Nas vs. Jay-Z & Beyoncé

So, I won’t lie, son. I’m absolutely trolling with the title of this post, man. On the real, I have no intention of pitting Nas against Jay-Z and Beyoncé, fam. Shit, even though I believe The Carters are being a liiiiiittle bit petty with their release date, I have no evidence to back that up, bruh. With that being said, I’d much rather take this time to talk about the music on Nasir and Everything Is Love. All in all, let’s just get to the shits, folks.

Ok, for those who missed it, it seems like everybody dropped a damn album on Friday, son. Side note, a huge shout-out to Jay Rock, man. Real talk, his Redemption album is fucking DOPE, fam! Everyone should really take a listen. In any case, let’s get back to Nas, Hov & Bey, bruh. To begin, let’s start with Nasir, the new Kanye West-produced Nas album. So, since CoonYe, excuse me, Kanye is behind the boards, it’s probably best to start with the production, people. Now, it’s common knowledge that I’m not feeling Kanye’s whole vibe right now. However, that fool still knows how to make a damn beat, brethren.

Keeping it a buck, Kanye devised the perfect plan for a Nas album: don’t let Nas pick any of the beats and don’t let Nas write any of the hooks. Look, as legendary of emcee that Nas is, he’s TERRIBLE at picking instrumentals, son. Hell, he even uses the song “Simple Things” to address that fact on the album, man. Listen, he tries to spin it in some cool way like “never sold a record for the beat, it’s my verses they purchase,” but come on, fam. He knows damn well his beat selection game is tri-di-dash, bruh. In addition, with The-Dream, 070 Shake and Kanye handling hook duties, Nas can just focus on rapping. Frankly, I don’t know why other producers haven’t taken this approach before.

Anyway, as weird as it is for me to say this, I must be frank, son. *Sigh* Nas himself is my problem with this album, man. Keeping it a buck, this isn’t the best version of Nasir, no pun intended. Listen, Nas will always be able to put words together, fam. Like, that’s his gift in life, bruh. But, I have two issues with his rhyming on this album. First, he raps offbeat… a lot. Shit, just listen to the first song where he talks about the founder of Fox News being Black. It’s offbeat as a muhfucka, folks! Also, his overall bars aren’t as descriptive as I would like them to be. Look, this is the man who wrote “I Gave You Power,” people. He can do better than “Black kids get hit with like five.” That’s all I’m saying, brethren.

Now, that’s all I have to say for Nas, son. Listen, I see people going crazy over the album, but I still think it could’ve been better, man. In addition, we can’t ignore Ye’s fuckery and Kelis‘s allegations against Nas. All I can say is, I don’t blame certain individuals for not fucking with the album, fam. Shit, I’m at the point where I don’t even know who to support anymore, bruh. I swear, all of our heroes may be trash, folks. *Sigh* Being a fan is damn near impossible these days, people. Well, that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Moving on, let’s talk about Jay and Bey’s surprise album, son. Now, to be fair, I haven’t given this album enough spins to have a definitive feeling about it. Ok, yeah, I’ve listened to it about five times, but that’s still not enough time to understand all of the nuance and intricacies, man. In any case, from my first impressions, I must say that the production is immaculate, fam. Look, when I say “immaculate,” I’m purely talking about sonic quality, bruh. On the real, The Carters would NEVER put out a record that isn’t well-produced, people. Shit, they have too much money and too much access for that, folks.

In any case, from a subject matter standpoint, the album ain’t really about nothing. I mean, they already address their marital issues on both Lemonade and 4:44, son. Frankly, unless they start naming Hov’s side pieces, they can’t really shed too much more light on their union. So, where does that leave us? With a lot of stunting in the lyrics, man. Now, stunting is always a good time, so the album has jams to rock out to. But, it’s not like the album is some life-changing work that I need to come running back to. Listen, could I feel differently in a couple of weeks? Maybe. But, as of right now, the album is just cool, fam. Nothing more, nothing less.

In the end, June has been active as fuck with the music, son. Ultimately, there’s gotta be something for everyone, man. All I know is, I’m still on this Daytona album by Pusha T, fam. At the end of the day, who doesn’t want to hear about “flipping a bird” while zoning out at work? That is all. LC out.

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In Preparation For Nas’s Album…

So, I’m going to keep this SUPER brief, son. I mean, I’ve already written a post about the Kanye West-produced Nas album that’s supposed to drop on Friday, man. With that being said, I’d much rather just vibe out to some of my favorite Nas songs, fam. On the real, those who know me know that Nas is one of my favorite rappers. Now, my ADHD is waaaaay too strong for me to pick a definitive favorite rapper. But, if someone held a gun to my head, I might have to pick Nasir Jones, bruh. Anyway, in preparation for his upcoming album, here are some of my favorite Nas songs. Good day. LC out.

Rap Beef Has Always Been Disrespectful

Man, I’ve been talking about Pusha T for almost a week, son. All I know is, between his album, Daytona, and his beef with Drake, all of his moves have been good for Hip-Hop. So, I don’t regret a cotdamn thing, man. In any case, today’s post isn’t exactly about Pusha, fam. If anything, his recent diss to Drake has brought out all of the sensitive people, bruh. Listen, for those who are new to Rap music, battling has ALWAYS been disrespectful, brethren. All in all, if anybody thinks that Pusha went too far on “The Story Of Adidon,” then CLEARLY that person doesn’t know Rap history, folks.

Ok, before I continue, I want to give everybody a little homework, son. Now, it’s impossible for me to highlight every diss song ever released, man. I mean, waaaaaay too many muhfuckas have been snapped on, fam. However, there are three particular songs that are strong enough to prove my point. So, I want everyone to go listen to Tupac Shakur‘s “Hit ‘Em Up,” Jay-Z‘s “Supa Ugly” and 50 Cent‘s “Back Down.” The first song came out in 1996, the second came out in 2001 and the third came out in 2003. Basically, in that decade alone, three of the most disrespectful diss tracks were released, bruh.

Now, let’s examine these songs, son. To begin, let’s talk about “Hit ‘Em Up,” man. So, in the span of one verse, Tupac talks about smashing The Notorious B.I.G.‘s wife, Faith Evans, he calls Lil’ Kim all types of “bitches and hoes” and he threatens to kill the entire Junior M.A.F.I.A. In “Supa Ugly,” Hov talks extensively, and grossly, about how he and Allen Iverson had sex with Nas‘s baby mama, Carmen Bryan. In “Back Down,” 50 explicitly talks about murdering Ja Rule‘s mother, father, wife and children. Shit, he literally says that he would “erase” Ja’s “dirty ass kids,” fam. My God, that’s another level of beef, bruh.

So, in light of all of these songs, is Pusha’s diss to Drake really that disrespectful? Ok, yes, it is, but it’s still not the harshest response in Rap history, son. Look, individually, we all might taken offense to certain punchlines. However, at the end of the day, this is Hip-Hop, man. The entire objective of beef is to demolish the opposition, fam. Needless to say, Pusha is doing EXACTLY what it takes to come out on top, bruh.

In the end, folks need to lighten the fuck up, son. Ultimately, as long as no one is throwing hands or busting shots, let the beef cook, man. By and by, a little verbal gymnastics never hurt anybody, fam. With that being said, I’m still looking for Drake’s response, bruh. All I can say is, he’s going to need to come five times harder than “Duppy Freestyle,” people. That is all. LC out.

Pusha T OD’d On Drake

Sheesh, it was all good just a day ago, son. I mean, I JUST wrote about how Drake got the upper hand on Pusha T, man. Well, it was good while it lasted, fam. All I know is, Pusha’s “The Story of Adidon” is one of the ROUGHEST diss tracks I’ve ever heard, bruh. Shit, it was direct and HIGHLY disrespectful at the same type, brethren. All in all, this is Hip-Hop, folks. Clearly, battling isn’t for the faint of heart, people.

Ok, for those who missed it, Pusha responded to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle.” Now, when I say he responded, I mean Pusha went for EVERYONE’S jugular vein, son. My God, I don’t even know where to begin with the disrespect, man. In one long verse, Pusha talked about the frayed union between Drake’s parents and he talked about Drake having a son with a porn star. Hell, he even talked about the fact that Drake’s producer, Noah Shebib, is dealing with a lifelong illness. Side note, I won’t lie, fam, I took offense to those bars about OVO 40. Listen, my mother has multiple sclerosis, so I’m sensitive to that. But, if Drake can make fun of KiD CuDi‘s mental health and if Jay-Z can talk about leaving condoms in Nas‘s babyseat, then I guess all is fair, bruh. But, it’s still insane to say, folks.

In any case, this beef just got VERY personal, son. Apparently, Pusha took it there because Drake simply mentioned Pusha’s fiancée, Virginia Williams, in “Duppy Freestyle.” On one hand, I get it, but I still didn’t expect Pusha to OD the way he did, man. Real talk, if those bars were about me, we’d have to fight, fam. On the real, fuck a rap song, bruh. We’re ABSOLUTELY throwing hands after this, folks.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, if we’re comparing “The Story of Adidon” to “Duppy Freestyle,” then Pusha won this round, man. Shit, I feel like a hypocrite because I was just giving Drake his props yesterday. However, I didn’t expect Pusha to come back like THIS, fam. By and by, Drake MUST respond, bruh. Keeping it a buck, he can’t let Pusha cook after this, people. The impudence is WAY too crazy now, brethren. At the end of the day, we have a REAL battle on our hands, folks. All I know is, Pusha is a MUCH different adversary than Meek Mill. Good day. LC out.

P.S. All jokes aside, Drake needs to explain that photo, son. Seriously, why the fuck was he wearing blackface, man? Look, unless Drake was an extra in Spike Lee‘s Bamboozled, I can’t condone this shit, fam. *Sigh* We need answers, bruh. That is all.

Damn, Nas Too?

Look, let me get straight to the point, son. I’m a rapper, I’m from New York and I was born in the 1980‘s. So, it should come as no surprise that Nas was a HUGE part of my upbringing, man. I mean, he’s hands down one of my favorite rappers of all time, people. With that being said, I’m disappointed as fuck today, fam. All I know is, if Kelis‘s claims against him are true, then I can’t help but look at Nas in an ENTIRELY different light, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Kelis just dropped a bunch of bombshells in a recent interview, son. Now, for reference, Kelis and Nas have been divorced since 2010. They also have an 8-year-old son, Knight, who’s currently at the center of a bitter custody battle. In any case, while speaking with Jason Lee from Hollywood Unlocked, Kelis gave some details about her relationship with Nas. So, during the course of the talk, she spoke about Nas’s alleged penchant for getting drunk and beating her up. She even relayed a story about how the Rihanna and Chris Brown case inspired her to leave Nas while pregnant.

Apparently, at the same time that Rihanna was being victimized by Brown, Kelis had bruises all over her body. In addition, she talked about how Nas is an on-and-off father who only “shows up when there’s a photo op.” Now, all I can say is, if these stories are true, the revelations are disheartening, man. Listen, Nas has built an entire career around being Hip Hop‘s conscience. Ok, yes, I know that artists portray fictitious characters in their music all of the time. But, for someone who’s made NUMEROUS songs about uplifting women, it’s insane to think that he’s hitting them at the same time, fam. Like, how the fuck am I supposed to take “Black Girl Lost” seriously now?

In the end, I don’t even know what else to say, bruh. Honestly, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that every public figure I’ve ever looked up to is garbage, son. Ultimately, I’m well aware of the fact that people shouldn’t look to celebrities for guidance. However, it’s understandable that certain individuals may give us something to strive towards. By and by, we have to cut all of that hero worship shit out, man. At the end of the day, everybody seems to fucking suck, fam. *Sigh* That is all. LC out.

Nas Album Done?!

Now, this is exactly what I’m talking about, son. Look, as soon as Kanye West gets me excited about something, he turns around and does some fuckity-fuck shit. I mean, that’s precisely what happened when he praised resident Fox News lackey, Candace Owens. However, per usual, I’m going to TRY and ignore the bullshit, man. Especially since he tweeted out some more big news, fam: he’s apparently producing on Nas‘ next album. All I know is, if he’s really telling the truth, then I have no idea how to contain my joy, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Kanye is still on a roll when it comes to potential new releases. Now, last week, he promised fresh music from Pusha T, KiD Cudi, Teyana Taylor and himself. Keeping it a buck, that was MORE than enough to get me amped, son. However, Kanye had to one-up himself with the announcement of a new Nas album. Hell, I guess he’s trying to make good on his vow to Barack Obama to make beats for Nasir. In any case, I honestly pray that Ye is not fucking with us, man. Seriously, my heart doesn’t need these kind of palpitations, fam.

Moving on, Kanye also stated that he’s back to chopping samples and making tracks by hand. Side note, he also said he’s making beats in the “sunken place,” but there’s only so much fuckery I can address in one post, bruh. Anyway, I’m super intrigued to hear what “Chop Up The Soul” Kanye sounds like in 2018, son. On the real, I just hope he’s not rusty, man. All in all, I really believe that he was at his best when he was creating on the ASR-10 and MPC, fam. Look those drum machines up, people. Google is everybody’s friend.

In the end, today is a good day, bruh. Ultimately, the prospect of all of this new music is almost too much to handle, son. By and by, May and June can’t come soon enough, man. Viva la good music, pun intended! LC out.

P.S. I also got wind of Kyle Kuzma‘s challenge to Lonzo Ball, son. Apparently, he wants Zo to drop an album on the same day as Nas. *Sigh* This is all because of the stupid ass shit that Zo said about Nas about a year ago. Listen, all I can say is, I’m officially an old head now, man. I swear, I hate these young dudes with a passion, fam. That is all.

Mase Got Cam’ron

Now, anybody who knows me knows that I am a MASSIVE Cam’ron fan. I mean, if anyone is a fan of my music, then they owe Cameron Giles a huge thank you, son. Real talk, a large part of the reason I rap the way I do is directly because of Killa Cam. In any case, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t objective, man. With that being said, his rap battle with Mase didn’t work in his favor, fam. All in all, when it comes to their beef, Mase got one up on Cam, bruh.

Ok, when it comes to the tumultuous history between these two men, where do I start, son? So, the squabble between these dudes has been going on for damn near two decades now. On the real, I’m not going to explain the entire situation because it would take too long and because Google exists, man. In any case, they were friends, some shit happened, Mase became a preacher and they’ve been throwing jabs at each other ever since. Keeping it a buck, I thought this feud was dead until I heard “It’s Killa” on Cam’s The Program mixtape.

So, on that particular track, shit goes left from the first lyric, fam. In the first verse, Cam tells a story about how he saved Mase from getting ran up on by some dudes while stuck at a girl’s house. Now, for his troubles, Mase allegedly gave Cam $100. Needless to say, Cam wasn’t happy and decided to no longer fuck with Mase. In any case, that situation combined with some other hood shit caused Cam to question everything about Mase’s character. I mean, if we’re being real, people have been questioning Mase’s character for years now.

Moving on, I guess Mase didn’t want to let this shit slide. So, in retaliation, he released “The Oracle,” a full-blown diss track to Cam. On the record, he raps over the Jay-Z “Blueprint 2” beat, which Hov previously used to throw more shots at Nas. Anyway, over the course of four minutes, Mase goes hamburger on Cam. He talks about the time that Cam ran as Jim Jones fought Junior M.A.F.I.A. by himself in Rucker Park. He talks about the time that Cam got his chain jacked by Tru Life. Shit, he even alleges that Cam fucked his own sister (which was disputed because he doesn’t have a sister). All I know is, that track is brutal, bruh.

Fast forward a day, Cam came back with his own response. He put out “Dinner Time,” which was produced by The Heatmakerz, the longtime production crew for The Diplomats. Real talk, the beat is hard and Cam has some lines, but they don’t sting like Mase’s words do. Now, I wouldn’t say the song is trash, but it isn’t rough enough to counter Mase. Basically, as much as it pains me to say, Mase sonned Cam, man. Look, even though Cam is a musical hero of mine, I have to call a spade a spade, son.

In the end, I’ve got to give Mase his credit, fam. Listen, he may be a studio gangster/fraudulent pastor, but that dude could always rap, bruh. Ultimately, Cam picked a fight and didn’t deliver on the backend. By and by, this riff probably doesn’t even matter in the grand scheme of things. Hell, these dudes have already made up with each other on social media. So, what the hell do I know, son? All I can say is, I’m about to go listen to Purple Haze and scrub this shit from my mind, man. LC out.