Damn Mimi. You know son is hurt right now. When a legendary rapper comes through and smashes the best--and simultaneously the worst-- line you've ever spit, you know you're wack and that you should a) either go and hide under a rock, b) go back to the South or Long Island-- or wherever you're from-- and retire, or c) go sit on the third rail of a subway train track and finish yourself. If he can actually find his way around to a train station, that is.
"When a guy says 'I could make a million saying nothing on a track,' you know you've reached a bad place," Jay said to Rollingstone in regards to Mimi's 'This is Why I'm Hot.' "It's way past salvaging. I'm going the other way. That's why [my album] is the way it is."
Jay brought back the eerie memories I have of Nostrand and Willoughby. Bed-stuy was not a game. At the same time, it's too bad gentrification has now taken the soul out of one of the realest boroughs. Like I had said some time ago, that Biggie and Hov "Brooklyn's Finest" mural that once covered the side of a bodega on Marcy and Myrtle was painted over some years back, symbolizing the mean green takeover that was to come.
"The things that we have to see in one day [growing up in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects], a lot of people never see in their life. People could live their whole life and never see a crack vial or a dope needle or a shootout. When I saw my first person get shot, I was nine years old. It's typical to see people get shot before you're ten."
A lot of people said Jay did a half-ass job on Kingdom Come, and Timbaland recently expressed concern for Hov after he admitted that making albums was only a hobby. In retrospect, Hov said he was embarrassed of his claims of retirement and that he "cringed" when watching "Fade to Black" (documentary of the making of The Black Album), and said of his last album:
"Maybe it was too sophisticated. Maybe I f*cked up."
No. You did f*ck up. And if you f*ck up this one, you'll lose a lot of your respect.
Sitdownstandup has some exclusive footage of Nas
slaughtering performing his new joint, "Surviving the Times," where a lucky fan got to fill in the lines that Nas admitted he didn't quite have memorized just yet:
To say the least, homey on stage looks real... happy. I mean, could you at least hide your excitement just a little bit? When I went to Nas' first listening party for HHID almost a year ago, an editor for a popular hip-hop website came up to me beaming like "oh my gosh look! It's Nas and Jay-Z!" She stared at Jay with a lustful smirk on her face for at least ten minutes before she... let me just omit the rest. She might be reading.
Lesson: Don't be a groupie.
This mixape cover is fiyah. The contents inside the jewel case are even more blazing, cutting, mixing and blending the four elements of Hip-Hop (I'm not going to say what they are if you don't know them, look it up), and introducing the "fifth" element-- the mixtape.
If you think about it, mixtapes are more widely distributed than three of the original elements; to name one, newer and younger rappers of the present are oblivious to MCing. Grafitti is dead on the subway cars but in The Bronx, taggers love attacking those new tenements along the 4, 2/5, and 6 lines. How they even manage to not get caught is beyond me. But that's part of being a pro.