Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Does That Make Sense Pt.II

Time to continue, and humiliate yet more artists out there. Once again, I must mention that this list is taken directly from Ego Trip's Book Of Rap Lists. This book is like a bible to me, and should be a part of every hip hop fan's collection. When are they gonna release another one???

8. 'Live!!!' - Onyx
Notable for Sticky's redundant observation, "We shoot niggas every day daily." We heard you the first time, when you said it first.

9. 'Make 'Em Pay' - Gang Starr featuring Krumb Snatcha
Boston's rhyme slasher, Krumb Snatcha, had his corporate pizza chains confused with the lyric, "Like Pizza Hut I gotta stay Noided." As pie-lovers worldwide already know, The Noid represents Domino's, rap dude.

10. 'Makin' A Name For Ourselves' - Common featuring Canibus
This C&C music factory couldn't keep its books straight when delivering the hook, "I'm your worst nightmare squared/ That's times two for those who aren't mathematically aware." Count them out.

11. '1, 2 Pass It' - D&D All-Stars
KRS-One comes with another messy reference sure to be banned from TV: "The aroma reaches up to my nostril, I get hostile/ Your lyrics are stiff like David Koppel." Maybe he meant Ted Letterman.

12. 'Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down' - Brand Nubian
"Black prodigy since the age of 20," boasts Sadat X, evidently unaware that at the double decade mark, he was a little old for the gifted child title.

13. 'The Set Up' - Nas featuring Havoc
"QB since 1933," Nas Escobar announces at the outset of this song in dedication to his beloved home, the Queensbridge Housing Projects. Not only did Nas drop science, he also dropped History (class). Queensbridge was, in fact, opened to the public in 1939.

14. 'What's Next' - Warren G featuring Mr. Malik
The G-Child not only rhymes like one - frequently sprinkling his songs with nursery limericks - but he also apparently spells like one. On his first LP, Warren uttered the lyric, "What's next?/ What's N-X-E-T?" Warren, geez!

That concludes the dumbass lyrics section. My advice to any upcoming artist would be to get someone (preferably smarter than yourself) to go over your lyrics before you lay the track down. Props goes out to SK93 over @ illRoots for mentioning Ja's famous M-U-R-E-D-R line (which appeared on 'Loose Change'), which went like this...

"It's the M-U-R-E-D-R Inc. I'm the rapper who fags, and totes tampax in bags..."
Also, Redman (on '5 Boroughs') blessed us with the line...
"My paragraph alone is worth five mics (uh-huh)
A twelve song LP, that's thirty-six mics (uh-huh)"

Redman should stay off the weed when spittin' his vocals. Like Mos Def said, it's just basic mathematics...Last, but by now means least, my main man Lil' Wayne (on 'Fuck Wit' Me Now), who still hasn't come to terms with the purpose of an umbrella...

"Wet a nigga like umbrellas"

Ah well, if he can make money, there's hope for us all...If you have any more examples of MC's at their worst, leave a comment!

Talking about lyrics, let's get down to today's album post.

GZA - Liquid Swords

Considered by many to be 'the thinking man's hip hop album', 'Liquid Swords' is a lyrical masterpiece. The purists love the GZA, and they love this album, there are no mistakes here people.
The cover was designed by a DC comic artist, and perfectly personifies the GZA himself; ruthless, but thoughtful. Often seen as the most underrated of the Wu, GZA's second solo release, 'Liquid Swords', was released in 1995 and is seen along with 'Only Built...' and 'Supreme Clientele' as the best individual projects of the Clan.
Production is provided by the RZA (who else?), and heavily features cuts from the movie 'Shogun Assasin' (can anybody get me a link to this???). The Asian cinema theme continues throughout the album, with the intro being, in my opinion, one of the best out there. The kid's voice is straight creepy.
GZA invites his old Wu cronies to appear on the album, which each of them appearing on at least one song. The most creative song on the album is probably 'Labels', where GZA manages to go through a countless number of record labels with ease, delivered in just a single continuous verse.
As for my favourite, it's probably 'B.I.B.L.E.', the one track that isn't GZA's. It's no disrespect to him, but Killah Priest that made a track that is so insightful, and had so much that I could personally relate to, that it will be always be my favourite cut on this classic.
GZA is indeed The Genius.


Mystik Journeyman said...

Love this album.

I didn't know the intro/interludes came from that film until I saw Kill Bill Vol. 2.

Anonymous said...

funny lyric from Sheek Louch in "bitches from eastwick" off the lox album
"i smelt breffix in the kitchen"

its breakfast sheek

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