So far this is a good album, shaping up to be one of his better efforts since Monkey Barz. My favorite track so far is definitely "Straight Music." Shit bangs.
P goes off on Frankenberry though
Personally, it's nothing personal
You send a verse to me, I send a hearse to you,
Clearly it's that, really you whack,
I'm actually, one of the rappers that really can rap,
I'm actually, one of them clappers that actually strapped,
I'm actually, running with Africans trafficking smack,
I'm actually, smacking the nap off your faculty jack,
Exploiting the black, nigga, nap Cadillac rap
Fake fuck, I will fuck up your face
Fuck face finger fuck trigger, nigga the ape - P!
smh... P is so underrated it's ridiculous. Nigga can rap circles around the entire industry and with that kind of old school credibility that used to actually matter.
I know this thread isn't supposed to be about IWW, but it must be pointed out that it's based on a flawed premise. As already stated, IWW was a classic from day 1 in the streets. Everyone was feeling that shit, reciting them lyrics, whether singing along to "If I Ruled the World..." on the radio or bangin' "The Message" with the bass maxed out in the ride. All my boys had a copy of this CD and everyone I knew was feeling it.
The only people that shit on IWW when it came out were the 40 year old (mostly white) media 'elite' journalists and critics stuck on KRS-One and the promise that Nas was the second coming of Rakim, the unoffensive "God" MC. Turns out it was actually the first coming of Nas, the young street wise poet with lots of inner aggression, big dreams and ambitions, and some personal demons, and the result is the long, fascinating career we got from a man that's always got something interesting to say.
Sadly it's these journalist "gatekeepers" that write history and would have you believe this album wasn't appreciated when it came out. That's false. That's just critics that are just now smartening up and tryin' to save face. The streets and the rest of the world knew from day one. IWW is a platinum album not by accident, but by the strength and quality of an album that could play from start to finish. And still does.
In fact, these bars together with the OP's quote are probably the best from the whole track (top 5 of his career):
Genesis is deep, my features are that of a God
It's not a facade, it's a fact these rappers wanna be Nas
My Exodus doesn't exist
I'll never leave the streets, it's all in my mind
Even with sleep I'm duckin nines in my dreams
Genesis is deep, my features are that of a god's, it's not a facade, it's a fact these rappers wanna be Nas- that may be my favorite Nas quotable ever
Agreed. I actually had this quote in my signature for years back on the old Ill Community forum (circa 2002-2009).
It's not just the lines themselves, which are amazing, but the delivery. The whole track is just a breathless lyrical onslaught, culminating in these lines where Nas, never missing a bit, delivers them effortlessly just as the sampled bass rolls out and then back in. Pure lyrical genius.