Sup to all the parasites, bloodsuckers and bloggers on that fake tip. RAP MUSIC HYSTERIA! finna do this shit once again.
So yo, a jit like me grew up listenin to JAY-Z. Mane, he might even have been the first rapper I was really feelin, ya know? Watching the vids for "Hard Knock Life" and "Money Ain't A Thing" wit JERMAINE DUPRI on The Box Network at the turn of the decade and seein' him in the video for DMX's "What's My Name" and realizing all this rap shit was interconnected...foundational moments in my life, dawg.
But yo, we all know Jigga fell off at some point. His flow went from a lean, svelte panther to a bloated old man joggin in a sweatsuit. Mad folks compare his post-Black Album output to MJ with the Wizards and it's true...only glimmers of his old brilliance padded with wild middle-aged beer gut.
But yo, it goes deeper than that; to stop at that comparison is some facile ass analysis, and we ain't down with that life round these parts. Yo, he rilly rilly fell off when he stopped reppin dat bucket hat! That shit was ill, son! You know a rapper is at the top of his game when he can pull off somethin as wack as a white Gilligan bucket hat! Ol' Bob Denver ass Hov in the "Big Pimpin" video! Top of his game, son, like LL with the Kangol, like 50 with the Vitamin Water, like Mike Jones with the desperate give-every-hoe-my-number PUA tactics.