As far as Mafioso rap goes, naw I suppose that stands alone but The Blueprint will always go toe to toe with RD.
Lawd let me listen to “Cant Knock the Hustle” while i’m in the back of a Rolls just ONCE IN MAH LIIIIIFE
I’m not even talking mafioso raps. I’m talking like that album is Jay reasoning with his conscience. Trying to convince himself that the life he chose wasn’t his decision, but rather the contempt from being without and wanting in. See: Politics As Usual / D’evils / Regrets;
It’s so much more than mob wannabe rap. It’s the Phoenix that rises from broken minds. Those are them niggas most inner feelings duke. And that’s Hov conveying that shit with a top notch performance.
Gunplay is one of two rappers to murk Kendrick Lamar on a verse.
Be real, Drake killed that Fucking Problems joint. Nigga phoned in a hot verse while Lamar was counting syllables and switching up flows.
But Gunplay straight killed Cartoons and Cereal. It crazy too cause that ish was Lamar’s backyard. Life Fucking Cartoons and Cereal is the spark notes for Good Kid maad city and that nicca Gunplay walked in and shit all on that nicca’s masterpiece.
Wow!! I’m from BK but Hov never resonanted with my like that. If he had got Beatminerz on production, that boot camp sound???? That would’ve been crazy. Too me, boot camp best captures that Brooklyn feel.Hov is that dude though, not the nicest.