1. Saturday, February 25, 2012

    dope block on my stove top 

    dante terrell smith aka mos def aka brother sam aka yasiin bey

    just took the kings of hip hop down a few giant rungs

    jay-z and kanye west are so proud of their hit single “Niggas In Paris” that they play it multiple times in a row as the encore to their recent “watch the throne” tour.

    they played it 5 times in miami, six times in boston, eight times in chicago, 10 times in LA, and 11 times in vancouver.

    hip hop has always been fueled with brags from cocky mc’s

    so lines from Jay like “What’s 50 grand to a muhfucka like me / Can you please remind me?” are nothing new.

    but to flip it and bring it back to the streets like mos def does by saying “it’s more than my annual salary” reminds the world that hip hop isn’t for the 1%.

    thus “ball so hard” turns into “poor so hard”, and jay and ye are taken down from their throne and presented as not the heroic idols but the idolators who are the problem and bad role models.

    meanwhile as much as we celebrated the fact that hip hop has spread to such places as omg paris,

    its a wicked joy to see what mos def does to once-amazing lines like:

    “Ball so hard, let’s get faded, Le Meurice for like 6 days
    Gold bottles, scold models, spillin’ Ace on my sick J’s
    Bitch behave, just might let you meet Ye…”

    hip hop was always about one-upping the king of the block

    this week mos def reminded us that no one is untouchable

    and no one is undethroneable