Is it just me or is Jay Z really only good now a days when he’s featuring on someone else’s track. See Rick Ross “The Devil is a Lie”, Beyonce “Drunk in Love”, Drake “Pound Cake”, Kanye “Clique”…and the entire “Watch The Throne” album. I mean not that I’m complaining, because all of those songs are BANGERS. But why is the lyrical content, flow and just “straight level of gangster” reserved only for songs featuring others? Shouldn’t one’s best material be saved for their personal albums? For me, MCHG rarely gets bumped anymore other than “Fuck Wit Me You Know I Got It” and “Beach Is Better” (and of course “Tom Ford” still goes hard in the club).
But anyways Hov blessed us once again with a remix to Drake and Soulja Boy’s “We Made it”. While also firing back at Drizzy for some recent comments he made in an interview. Take a listen:
Did you catch it? First off, he called him Mrs. Drizzy (#ShotsFired) which isn’t exactly what we’d call a subliminal shot. But for those who actually act there age (unlike myself) and don’t have time keep up with popular culture, allow me to get my TMZ on for sec. Here’s the back story. In Drake’s Rolling Stone interview last month (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/drake-high-times-at-the-yolo-estate-20140213), he commented on the fact that Mr. Carter appears to be overly fascinated with art:
“It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references…I would love to collect [art] at some point, but I think the whole Rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny”
Now, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Drake didn’t expect that part to get used in the article, because why would you say that even if you (and most other hip hop fans) believe it to be true. I mean isn’t it obvious? It’s been a long running debate about what Mr. Beyonce Knowles can actually rap about now? He can’t really talk about his struggle or being poor. He for sure can’t talk about “Big Pimpin” or guns and drugs as much anymore because no one would take him seriously. So what’s left, duets with Beyonce and Blue Ivy; bragging about being stupid rich and chilling with Barack. But then every once in a while, hitting us with the the odd reminder of why he’s the man (ie F’ Wit Me You Know I Got It).
So maybe Drake (like most) thought that married life and fatherhood may have softened Jay up a little. But how soon we forget the era of “the come up” of Jay Z. You know “Where N****s pull your card, and argue all day about who’s the best MC’s Biggie, Jay Z and Nas”. So of course Jay HAD to answer back. His era is far from this one where Kendrick could blast the entire industry and everyone he actually mentions says nothing in response. Maybe that works for today’s kids, but not for the kid from Marcy Projects. He wasted little time in responding while also using Drake’s own track to do so, highlighted by this gem:
“Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk. Silly me, rappin’ ’bout shit that I really bought — while these rappers rap about guns that they ain’t shot — and a bunch of other silly shit that they ain’t got.”
Haha….now Jay’s bars are FIRE on the entire track. I love what they did with the song, while Drake’s original was filled with such pure bravado. It was dope ass, fun, hip hop party track at its finest. The two Jays (Z and Electronica) took it to a whole other level of “We” (as in black people) and “Made It” (from Slavery to the modern day). Side note poor Jay Electronica is going to have yet another verse that gets forgotten about because of someone else’s verse.
But back to Hov vs Drizzy. Let’s not get it twisted, to me there’s room for both. That’s the beauty of hip hop, sometimes it’s just a fun party and other times people are actually trying to deliver a message. So my point isn’t to shit on Drake at all, he is still the “right now” in rap music. But the point is that this is just another example of why Jay Z is the best to ever do it. While many rappers from his era to now have struggled to remain relevant (think everyone that performed with Pharrell before the all-star game, then add 50 cent and Ja Rule), some how some way Shawn Carter is still the definition of a G.
No doubt Drake’s moment is right now, he is at the top of the hip hop world and is putting out hits for DAYS. But every time we think we’re getting close to crowning someone else as King, H-O-V is there to remind us all that he’s “got his own lane already”. And maybe that’s why he’s been so much better on other people’s tracks post Black Album, because that’s when he’s actually motivated to give a public G’ Check to us all and remind us that he’s the GOAT no matter what. Just ask Rosenberg from Hot 97 (A must watch video)
As always, just my thoughts man…right or wrong. Just how I’m feeling at the time.