Well, give credit where credit is due. #BrooklynStandup.
We said it before, New Yorkers take things to heart if you mention this city. SlaughterHouse EMCEE, Joell Ortiz, protected this city with the first swing back. I am thinking it would have been out hours ago, but someone in his camp said, "at least mix it down first".
Unsigned rappers were given 17 hours to get to their homemade production studio and lay down the hardest 16/32/64's in their life if they were from New York. Now, one of the most prolific rhymesmiths of the post-G-Unit era, the era where Hip Hop was last respected as talented across the board, has responded. To come after him, your bars have to be even more solid, your subject matter more unique, your track selection more impressive, with a deeper root into the history of rap.
Deep down inside, we all want beef in Hip Hop. We love the fact Joell Ortiz called Kendrick Lamar "the next thing on my fork". He added, "maybe Im not on your radar/you feel you aint gotta acknowledge my clique" clearly letting Kendrick Lamar know you don't mention this city and totally ignore the most respected group in the streets, let alone rap niggaz from Brooklyn that make take offense to being ignored.
"You rich rappers cant respond with all the dollars you get/Gangsta rappers cant retaliate with hollows and clips/and you fashion rappers wear the kind of jeans you hardly can zip". Lets dig through this bar. The first one is stating the obvious that guys like Jay Z, Diddy, and maybe 50 Cent have amassed so much money, to respond would be frowned upon by TODAYS casual fan. The next one he clearly is speaking of himself and probably a few others like an Uncle Murda, Papoose, Fabolous, and a few more that are just disrespectful when slighted. The last bar he is taking shots at the tight jean wearing rappers of today. Is there something wrong with wearing too tight jeans? Not our preferred method of dress, but to each its own.
Joell Ortiz responded first and fierce and is worthy of a well thought out article by someone from the same era. We just hope that the beef continues so we can keep talking about #REALHIPHOP.
Are we bias? Are we just putting this up because we support the
artist known as Rich P? Are we writing this because we have been telling you for
the past three years this kid is just getting better with time? Are we writing
this just because we know him? Perhaps. Do you really care as to why though? Do
you not want to see what we are making all the fuss about? Lets be completely
clear... The original version of "New Slaves" was eehhhhh from an entertainment
point of view. Now if we are talking about a record that finally talks about
something, we must give it a 9.5 on content alone. For Kanye West to
deliver such a prolific, controversial record in this fickle world we call 2013
is a move only made by leaders. For Rich P to follow up with his own
version is so much more daring. Why? He is not Kanye West. His baby mama
is not Kim Kardashian. He did not get a lambo for his birthday. Jay-Z did not
scold him by recording a song called D.O.A.. Rich P does not nearly have
the fan base of Kanye West, but he has the attitude, persona, delivery, vocals,
bars, talent, and EGO
to pull it off. Rich P is rapping from a place of where he is right now.
No embellished stories of wild orgies in Cannes, France like we hear some
unsigned talent rap about. This is uniquely about what he has personally
witnessed and survived and admitting how he must not get caught up in the hype.
Kanye West amazing career has afforded him to witness things that he
himself didnt even know he would while he was writing Jesus Walks many years
ago. Well you be the judge. Music is the one place you can judge without being
called a hater. Well that was until twitter and instagram was
One of Brooklyn's most dynamic movements, led by the lyrically talented JF Brooks, will are producing a night to remember. Encouraging positivity for a greater nation, a line up of poets, songstress, and singers, were developed to deliver a night of summer exuberance. The night will feature the sweet Gia Linelle, Empress, Clinton L.G., Daniel Royal, and performing for the first time in New York City, Cristina Goodwin. The event will be held at Nightingales located at 213 2nd Avenue New York, NY at 6pm sharp. The cover is $10 and will be well worth the admission.
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