Monday, July 28, 2008

What's Beef? Not this.

Let's do a brief hip-hop discography check, OK?

Nas - Illmatic; It Was Written; I Am; and Stillmatic, among other albums of varying success and influence.

Jim Jones (pictured at right) - On My Way to Church; Harlem: Diary of a Summer; and some other Diplomats garbage that got a few spins at one of Cam'ron's old pool parties.

Seriously: Is Jim Jones delusional or stupid? Maybe a bit of both, if is to be believed.

Jones offered this ridiculous soundbite to following Nas' recent call for a protest against Fox News: "You're speaking about someone who isn't relevant in the game."

That's less than credible coming from a guy who once recorded something called the "Freekey Zekey Skit" on his most recent release. The nerve.

For more on this one-sided beef, check out this link. Meanwhile, Mos Def and Talib Kweli can tell you what beef really is - I hope JJ is listening.


Zen said...



Most Definitely, Jay Z is a close second, Rakim third.

If he'd make more music (RAP MUSIC) he may be the best of all time.

blackink said...

Wow. That's a controversial statement there, brotha.

We might actually have to create a whole new post on this topic.

I've actually got Talib ahead of Mos Def (better lyricist, weaker delivery), and Rakim and Big Daddy Kane ahead of Jay. Not to mention, Nas is somewhere in my top five.

Zen said...

MC means MOVE THE CROWD. Talib's lyrics are dope but his delivery and flow leave much to be desired.

Mos rocks the stage, spits hot fire and is smooth with it. He's the complete package. I don't know another MC alive (2Pac was the greatest) can touch him.

blackink said...

Dude, you can't honestly believe 2Pac is a top 10 MC ... seriously?

That dude, besides Biggie (sad to say), is the most overrated rhymer of our time.

Zen said...

2PAC took hip hop to the masses. He found the balance between art and mainstream appeal. He put on great shows (had everyone convinced he was a thug), wrote good songs and had a tremendous flow.

Many people took hip hop public, Pac took it to the masses.

Kristina said...

We may just have to agree to disagree on this one. I would argue that Tupac's best work as an artist came on the silver screen and not the mic.

Other than the tats, bandannas and thug pose, Tupac really didn't offer much in the way of game changing to the actual art of rhyming.

I would consider him one of the most influential artists, but not one of the best. That's the distinction to me.