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.
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