I gotta disagree with the comments here. This song suffers more from Nas’ lack of versatility than it does Beasties shortcomings as lyricists. Remember how well the Q-Tip collabo on Ill Communication worked because Tip shined at a back and forth party style of rhyme. This collabo never had a chance.
The Hook is enough 4 me bcuz it’s true. There are too many rappers. Not enough emcees. as far as i’m concerned Beastie boys and nas can drop whatever they want. they been holding it down for 20 years (give or take) at least these are people who actually have dropped classic hip hop albums. that’s how lame it is now. back in 98 cats would have flipped just to hear this collabo. Now, too many kids wanna hear ‘rappers’ and don’t know what a real MC is.