Video: Lyricism and Capitalism

Jay Smooth tackles the subject of lyricism, or lack of, in modern Hip-Hop.

Look, I’m a lyrics guy moreso than anything. Give me a fucking lyrically genius a capella and I’m a pig in shit. But at the same time, there are countless non-lyrical, throwaway, dare I say straight-up ignorant songs that I enjoy immensely. My problem is with this fucking mentality that it’s somehow cool to strive to not be nice. If you’re not the greatest lyricist, but you have a talent for making great music in spite of it, then great, more power to you. Honestly, you don’t even have to be saying anything of consequence, but the least you can do is say it in a clever way.  But to set out to say nothing? And then revel in it and disrespect people who are saying something? All in the name of getting as much money as possible in as little time? That’s bullshit, you should kill yourself, and may every fucking dollar you have ever earned on the backs of people who actually care about this thing of ours turn to dust.


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59 Responses to “Video: Lyricism and Capitalism”

  1. Harlem World Says:

    But to set out to say nothing? And then revel in it and disrespect people who are saying something? All in the name of getting as much money as possible in as little time? That’s bullshit, you should kill yourself, and may every fucking dollar you have ever earned on the backs of people who actually care about this thing of ours turn to dust.

    ^^
    Shots @ wackass flocka and da muh fuckin joo mayne

  2. Eastern_Digital aka Nahright's Fantasy Football champ Says:

    *dead* at La Rhumba havin 5 million hits on youtube. wshh type shit.

  3. Officer Duscrom Says:

    We are the World 25>>>Exhibit C

  4. Dart_Adams Says:

    I honestly don’t think that the Hip Hop bloggerverse truly appreciates Jay Smooth enough. I apologize for actually commenting on the video, I’m new @ this…in ’05.

    One.

  5. Olli Says:

    Eskay should post more – this is pretty much exactly what real hiphop fans be feeling. A truly dope lyrical 16 will have me holding my breath incase I miss half a bar – but lord knows I’ve got some mega-ignant bullshit on my ipod.

  6. jetblak22 Says:

    Shit, I just sent this over to nation. I got done.

  7. verses Says:

    PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    Look, I’m a lyrics guy moreso than anything. Give me a fucking lyrically genius a capella and I’m a pig in shit. But at the same time, there are countless non-lyrical, throwaway, dare I say straight-up ignorant songs that I enjoy immensely. My problem is with this fucking mentality that it’s somehow cool to strive to not be nice. If you’re not the greatest lyricist, but you have a talent for making great music in spite of it, then great, more power to you. Honestly, you don’t even have to be saying anything of consequence, but the least you can do is say it in a clever way. But to set out to say nothing? And then revel in it and disrespect people who are saying something? All in the name of getting as much money as possible in as little time? That’s bullshit, you should kill yourself, and may every fucking dollar you have ever earned on the backs of people who actually care about this thing of ours turn to dust.
    ————————————————–

    That’s a fair opinion.

  9. Chris Cash Says:

    That’s bullshit, you should kill yourself, and may every fucking dollar you have ever earned on the backs of people who actually care about this thing of ours turn to dust.

    ^^^^^^^
    Couldnt have said it better myself.

  10. nation Says:

    >> Eskay should post more

    co-sign

  11. Jedi Nemesis Says:

    Word the fuck up

  12. Balls Deep Says:

    Waka flaka Chaka Locka flame is the new KRS One of Hip Hop

  13. rex hussla Says:

    that’s what I’m talking about eskay [ll]…
    I slept on SXSW AGAIN, son of a bitch. That shit is on my bucket list. I’d roll to that nah show and just grab eskay like “it’s rex husslaaaaa!” all white boy wasted

  14. Brooklyn Strong aka The Elder Says:

    But to set out to say nothing? And then revel in it and disrespect people who are saying something? All in the name of getting as much money as possible in as little time? That’s bullshit, you should kill yourself, and may every fucking dollar you have ever earned on the backs of people who actually care about this thing of ours turn to dust.
    =========================================
    Grown Man Co Sign
    And that’s all I have to say about that (c) Forrest Gump

  15. Charles Oakley Says:

    but you ain’t have to tell my girl I used to pee in the bed

  16. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    I will say, however, that there is much more to rapping than lyrics.

    You have to be able to sound good over a beat. That’s rule number one and no one, not a fan or a rapper should ever forget it. If you want to see why a certain rapper is famous or not, just look at what production is popular and see if that rapper sounds good over it.

    I know this is nitpicky, but it was something that stuck out to me in the beginning of that vid, and I think it was implied ever so slightly in your commentary [I might be wrong though].

    How else are you gonna rap over a Zaytoven beat? It’s not ignorant for him to choose that route, it’s damn near the only way to go about it without breaking rule number one.

    Ex: If Talib Kweli did a guest verse on a Jeezy track HE’D be the worst rapper on it.

  17. rex hussla Says:

    Souljah Boy opened the floodgates for non rapping ass, tone deaf, can’t even ride the beat 20% of the time trash. Word to Lil’ B.

  18. Harlem World Says:

    So is OJ at the next Nah event?

  19. Charles Oakley Says:

    So is OJ at the next Nah event?
    ^
    Owww

  20. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    # rex hussla Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Souljah Boy opened the floodgates for non rapping ass, tone deaf, can’t even ride the beat 20% of the time trash. Word to Lil’ B.
    ————————————————–

    No, his fans did. Stop blaming an entertainer for filling a niche. Wouldn’t have happened if the niche didn’t exist.

  21. Shooter Says:

    co-siz Eskays sentiments

  22. Mr.Londoner Says:

    What the fuck eskay, dre, nation!!

    How comes you didn’t post that “I Wish 2010” Rock version, that old head SKEE-LO is back!

  23. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    Music lyrics are not poetry, and are not to be judged in the same fashion as the written word. Lyrics must interact with the music. They are more complex than writing in some way, and less complex in others. It’s the nature of the medium.

  24. Shooter Says:

    Party Life >> Exhibit C
    ^^

    lol

  25. rex hussla Says:

    Michael Steele SHUT THE FUCK UP B…you’re cornier than the real Michael Steele smh

  26. Harlem World Says:

    Souljah Boy made a dance song, labels fought for him because he was easy to market towards the kids who will buy his shoes, tickets , records etc. But remeber, he was just a kid himself when he got signed.

    But these grown ass men like OJ x wacka etc should no better. What fuckin man is gonna be listening to a nigga who can barely speak, let alone rhyme.

    Shit is like a minstrel show.

  27. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    # rex hussla Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Michael Steele SHUT THE FUCK UP B…you’re cornier than the real Michael Steele smh
    —————————————-

    k

  28. Harlem World Says:

    *listens to oj xxl freestyle*
    *threatens xxl staff*

  29. Lex! Says:

    lmao he was dead on with that scientifical rapper

  30. Shooter Says:

    # rex hussla Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Michael Steele SHUT THE FUCK UP B…you’re cornier than the real Michael Steele smh
    —————————————-

    k
    ^^^^

    lol at least stand up for yourself dude (n)

  31. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    # Shooter Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    # rex hussla Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Michael Steele SHUT THE FUCK UP B…you’re cornier than the real Michael Steele smh
    —————————————-

    k
    ^^^^

    lol at least stand up for yourself dude (n)
    —————————————

    I’m scared he’ll start swearing more. I can’t win this.

  32. Charles Oakley Says:

    Mos Def – Sunshine (prod. by Kanye West)
    mediafire.com/?nm2g0jgzmw1

  33. Charles Oakley Says:

    white on white crime ftw

  34. Harlem World Says:

    *Hip hop fans it up*

    YALL SUM HATIN ASS NIGGAS, HE GETTIN HIS PAPER, FUCK YALL DOIN?

  35. Black Brokaw Says:

    KRS-1 is going to co-sign Wack flocka, just like he co-signed Soulja boy. But in essence this doesn’t matter at all. We all know hip-hop is useless and keeps people on the lowest vibrational state. Perhaps the most spiritually devolved music out there. Materialism, pride, and ignorance intercourse to conceive degenerates. And isn’t this the same guy who was talking about blacks being disproportionately affected by every negative impact on the economy? Now he’s talking about lyricism and capitalism…..right

  36. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Give me a fucking lyrically genius a capella and I’m a pig in shit.
    =============================================
    Too easy.

  37. verses Says:

    @ RNC shut the fuck up. Or Fuck off. Or do fuckin both.

  38. Mark Says:

    this guy is a boring fuck,hate fags who think their clever.

  39. RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:

    # verses Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    @ RNC shut the fuck up. Or Fuck off. Or do fuckin both.
    ———————————————

    Who the fuck are you?

    Look, I know you don’t really have an original or insightful opinion to add around here, but late comments aren’t really any good either.

    If you don’t like my posts scroll the fuck down. Don’t be a fuckin’ internet tough guy dipshit. There are a few members here who think my posts are worth reading.

  40. Van Sertima Says:

    Amen.

    Jay Smooth always puts things into it’s proper perspective.

  41. Clif Soulo Says:

    Respect to all the points except for the kill yaself shit.

  42. a tribe called quest Says:

    Souljah Boy opened the floodgates for non rapping ass, tone deaf, can’t even ride the beat 20% of the time trash. Word to Lil’ B.

    –That guy… man i feel sorry for Cali.

  43. a tribe called quest Says:

    speaking of Lil B*

  44. akmattic Says:

    eskay, talk the truth.

    too many wack emcees not enough lyrical talent being showcased and represented. bring back that real hip hop!

    lyricism never died, it just got brushed over and pushed to the side by the corporate bastards that changed the face of “urban” hiphop. the hip hop community that loves the lyrical creativitiy and originality still exists but we need to focus on spotlighting emcees that demonstrate these gifts. that’s why sites like yours are high on my personal list, i need to hear emcees that are saying something, witty with their lyrics, intelligent with their concepts, complemented by classic dirty beats. we need to highlight the art form for creativity and not for redundancy. . .emcees come with your A game, get creative, and stop being a “cat in the hat” ass rapper cause theres millions of you. . . fuck sakes!

    it’s a good time for hiphop. . . i’ve been waiting for this time for years since the early 00’s. . . .it’s good to see new upcoming talent getting the repsect that they deserve namely: saigon, jay elec, term, blu plus a bunch of others. we really need to showcase lyricism and show that we love hip hop for its creativity and originality and give these emcees the credit that they deserve and support the true art of REAL hiphop.

    shout out to eskay, change the game and bring this shit back to what it was and what it should be. . .

    one! ak.

  45. Rome Says:

    LOL @ dude getting at Micheal Steele.

    That was some real passion behind that “SHUT THE FUCK UP”.

    lol Seriously though, I enjoyed reading Micheal Steeles opinion. He has good insight.

  46. spirit equality Says:

    And then revel in it and disrespect people who are saying something? All in the name of getting as much money as possible in as little time? That’s bullshit, you should kill yourself, and may every fucking dollar you have ever earned on the backs of people who actually care about this thing of ours turn to dust.

    ^ another classic quote from eskay

  47. GMZ804VA Says:

    Word to many of Jay-Z’s a capella verses…

    bootleggas bombin/Bin Laden I’m still crackin/I will not lose/I simply refuse/I dropped the same date as the twin towers/I show power/still show compassion for others sent money and flowers….

    44 fours muhfucka

    Word to that Malice video “Young Nigga This is You”

    and word to every other iLL a capella verse that I can’t even think of…

  48. fuzz e. Says:

    lmfao. eskay you too real man

  49. Beyonder Says:

    Yeah but the fact that people want to HEAR NOTHING… is a larger, bigger issue than artists who will sell shit to people who are willing to eat it.

    That’s bigger than Hip-Hop.

    May need to holla at Obama and education reform for that one as I am pretty sure its not on commercial/capitalistic hip-hops platform/agenda and won’t be anytime soon.

  50. sensistar Says:

    This is how I do it.

    If all you talk about is how much money you have I will never buy your shit.

    You don’t need mine.

  51. Lacezilla Says:

    LOL at the book moving in the background

  52. CNO Says:

    not enough creativity in the game….

    bring that real hiphop shit back.

  53. B.Payton Says:

    I enjoy these videos!

  54. BLACKWATER LLC Says:

    its about time we get some outlets keepin it 100 instead of tryin to sympathize with wacka flocka or “the south”…
    why do we have to walk on egg shells when talkin about the south anyway?

    They go on a full blown bash fest about NYC over ANYTHING and were supposed to take it?!
    thats how the whole wacka/meth thing started…he started poppin off about lyrical cats and meth said the same shit jay smooth said basically, and WITHOUT name calling…niggas still acted like pussys…
    wacka comes back playing the “why u hatin on me” card with the sad/confused face and people took his side…

    I think it has to do with people just not liking NYC….
    The ones calling everyboy a hater are the worse ones, they HATE NYC with a sick passion…its like a new disease…so I dont think ANY NEW NY ARTIST is gonna blow, PEOPLE are on some other shit…
    the south is straight, they ENCOURAGE 1 hit wonders down there, cause for every 1 hit wonder theres 2 waiting in line for that quick money!
    they could give a fuck less about a hip hop, niggas is late as hell to this shit…and thats cool, my thing is, everybody wont stand by while u hustle the shit out of us all!
    Everybody tryin so hard not to hate the south that they go with the flow totally until there is no room for substantial music at all!
    Not even “lyrical” southern cats stand a chance! NOwe thats some hatin ass shit if I ever heard…
    just look at david banner, killer mike, andre 3000 REFUSES to be apart of this shit! I mean c’mon!
    shit is bad for the listenerl…but they think its all good and if you disagree your a fuckin hater, peroid point blank!
    These niggas switched the rules up into some anti NY shit and the muppet fans are falling for this bullshit!!
    I cant even believe this is the same shit I grew up too!

  55. seafood lover Says:

    Cunts.

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    The subprime mortgage of hip hop….a lot of these dudes about to default…

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