All Hail The Queen: She’s From New Jersey

I knew it. I knew it. I knew there had to be a mistake or two in this Busta Rhymes “New York” song. Yeah I’m from Woodside, Queens and I like this joint as much as the next Rotten Apple dweller. Yeah it jacks the break that Diamond used way back (Got them lips sealed like O-Dub—hint it ain’t the S.O.S. Band) and has the classic “real hip-hop” feel that comes across very rarely in today’s commercial rap world. It’s like hearing Nas “Made You Look” or Ghostface’s “Run” for the first time. Yeah, yeah, I get it, understood.

Still with Busta spitting out shout-outs and lyrics at such a feverish place, it was more than likely a mistake would be made here—and I found it. Like Guru (Boston or BK? ) from Gang Starr says “you got to give the credit where it iz due.” In the section of the song where Bussa-Bus gives it up to the ladies he lumps one former crown-wearing sista in with the bunch. Unfortunately, Queen Latifah, a sure-shot rap Hall of Famer, is from the Garden State. Home of the bickering Refugees, PRT and LOTU. You know: Joe “Never Comin’ Out” Budden on that New Jerz shit. Funk Doctor Spok on that New Jerz ish. Treach from Sopranos on that Swamp Land shit.

I hate to be a stickler for the rules and yeah there’s even a few errors in my superbly-researched ego trip’s book of rap lists (you kids play nice and you might get a sequel in the ’09) but couldn’t someone in the studio correct the God before the shit got mastered? Oh well, oh well like Miss Jones says (she’s from Astoria, Queens, BTW. Home of my partner S Dot Jenkins). I wouldn’t even check NY po-po’s p.e. #1 if he didn’t boast at end of song that he “didn’t forget shit.”

Clearly though Busta’s latest deserves its rightful place amongst other tunes that celebrate the Gotham State in all its glory. The place where hip-hop originated. The place where White folks used to be scared to walk through Times Square at night. The place that is currently looking for a modern-day, post Chronic-like rise to reclaim its position as the driving force in rap music today. Here my dos cents: I ain’t mad at the new Papoose single and I got the fingers crossed—but I don’t see it happening.

OK turn that frown upside down and enjoy 13 other Nueva York Nuggets (Gotta love this audio-blog shit!):

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “Streets of New York”
AZ feat. Ghostface & Raekwon “New York”
Ja Rule feat. Fat Joe & Jadakiss “New York”
Cam’ron feat. Jay-Z “Welcome to New York City”
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five “New York, New York”

P.S. Melle Mel couldn’t get a shout-out? It’s okay, Rakim got love—twice. Wyandanch… um, stand up!

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    keep ‘em educated, YN!

  • http://xxl Puerto-Black

    Bring it Back to New York Good lookin YN=NY

  • http://xxl Puerto-Black

    Damn no new york state of mind Part 2

  • bluerid

    THANK YOU !!!!YOU REALLY MADE MY DAY OK AGAIN.GOD BLESS YOU FOR PUTTING UP WITH MY SHIT.EXCUSES FOR ANY INCONVIENANCE OR HOWEVER YOU SPELL THAT SHIT.PEACE

  • bluerid

    SO I CANT ESCAPE NEW YORK?DAMN IT.

  • bluerid

    YEAH YOU DAMN RIGHT RAKIM GOT LOVE I HAVE FAITH IN HIM.

  • bluerid

    YEAH GHOSTFACE KILLA JUST WHAT I NEEDED TODAY.

  • Paul

    Just shut up and listen, everyone wants to hate on 50 and G-unit. Why? All these people sayn that he needs to stop beefn with other rappers. Why? 2pac talked shit about Biggie, Chino XL, Jr. Mafia, and noone hated on him for that! People runnin their mouth talkn about he say g-unit to much. No more then everyone that was on Death Row, or Wu tang, or Murder Inc. Everyone talk’n ’bout how they are tired of him talkn about tak’n 9 shots. 2Pac talked about taking his first 5 all the time. So fuck all you haters that are hat’n on 50 and the G-unit crew. And if you think I am done bitchn there keep dreamn. I am done sick of Jay-Z talk. He is not the G.O.A.T. He isnt even a G.R.A.(greatest rapper alive). Jay-Z? come one, all his albums are one hot song sarrounded by 16 alright tracks. Nas? Fuck Nas, since Oochie Wallie nothing else of his has been hot. Fat Joe? In his diss song to 50 he sais “is it just me or does candy shop sount alot like in the club?” But when he was interviewed by XXL he said that he made the beat to candy shop. So go ahead you fat fuck and keep runnin stupid shit out of your mouth. Jadakiss? All on that new show “the shop” talk’n how he is the top 5 rappers. Get the fuck outa here. Your song “WHY” was wack. Get that crybaby shit out of here. Styles? You dont even have the track record to talk shit about anyone. Game? Bloods my ass, your an industry gangsta. You think signing Charlie Baltimore is going to do anything for you? Shyne? Talkn in XXL about how 50 is gettin rich off of you. Your toothless ass needs to just get out of jail and retire. You where never a hot rapper and you wont be one when you come out with your next cd. We all seen what happend once 50 fucked with the INC. They got shut down, and now look at them. Everyone is leavn. What makes anyone think they can stop the G-Unit? Music, Movies, Video games, Books, Drinks, Videos, Shoes, Clothing, Watches. Man everyone hatn on them cause they aint them. I just sit back and say fuck all you haters. Shady, Aftermath, and G-unit have the shit on lock. GG GG GGGGGG – UNIT!!!!

  • Paul

    i also like little boys penises. GGGGGGGGGGGG (unit)

  • Paul

    whoever put that I like little boys penises, needs to grow up a little and stop being suck a cock sucker. If you want write me @ pdh_684u@hotmail.com. You dont have to post something that fucked up about anyone. FUCK YOU. Lets see if you have the balls to say something to me now bitch

  • PAUL

    hi me again, contact me about sucking penises, if you have the balls to lay them on my face (lol)

  • PAUL

    Oh… and if anyone was thinking about giving me a present, I like pearl necklaces ;).

  • http://www.myspace.com/Mr_FiTTeDz Edgar Allan Poor

    I Wasn’t Feelin Dat New York Shit…Sounded Like somethin out a basement shit….Swizz Coulda done it betta on this new york shit…He Also got me heated wit dat get right shit……Freeze!……Well It Wasn’t As Bad as dat styles p shit…I Heard Cass Back I Don’t Hear No New Shit….Nnnnnnn Stop!

  • http://biochemicalslang.blogspot.com Vik

    very nice track selection.

    you can’t front on kool g’s streets of new york. the video was on youtube recently.

    ny state of mind is nas’ joint

    peace

  • http://RAE DAT DUDE

    DAMN THIS NIGGA PUAL ON G-UNIT NUTTZ LIKE HE KNOW 50 AND THEM MAN 50 MAKES GOOD MUSIC IN ALL BUT HE KNOW HE CANT TOUCH NAS JADAKISS JAY-Z OR NONE OF THE SPITTING D-BLOCK RAINING ON THEM NIGGAZ AND I HAVENT HEARD ONE RESPONSE BUT IF IT WAS JA’RULE RAINING ON THEM YOU WOULD OF BEEN HEARD THE WHOLE G-UNIT RAINING ON HIM AGAIN THEM NIGGAZ DONT WANT IT WIT D’BLOCK

  • tru life fan

    somebody have a lyrics of TRU LIFE NEW NEW YORK. SONG???

    please send me lyrics: tru life

    ottomvp@hotmail.com

  • rich

    There 1 joint off the list

    Big Pun Feat M.O.P “New York Giants”

  • Hustle Hard

    Bring new york back?? New york never fell off. The south and southern hip hop fans brainwashed you to think it did.

  • http://ww.xxlmag.com Chi-Town Representor

    Hustle Hard, U hit tha jackpot.All dis southern rap got these people brainwashed. dats why so many southern cats on here r talkin shit sayin how the south on top and how they gettin paper and how NY fell off and shit. Pretty soon, somebody is gonna break outta the southern trance and b4 u kno it, NY will be back 2 its glory days while the south goes back 2 tha bottom

  • http://www.myspace.com/justme612 Priscian

    YO I HATE G UNIT THEY KILLIN HIP HOP SO IS DOWN SOUTH…YEA U MAKIN DAT PAPER BUT IT AINT REALL HIP HOP I”M RELELY DISAPPOINTED WIT HIP HOP RIGHT NOW I CANT WAIT TILL NAS COME OUT AND BUSSA BUSS

  • http://www.myspace.com/justme612 Priscian

    AnD FUCK PAUL FOR HATIN ON DA ONES DAS WAAAAY BETTER DEN GUNIT OMG FUCK GUNIT U SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF UR SELF

  • the G.O.D

    Peace, all the tracks are banging and everybody is on point except that cat on the ‘new New York’ one, for some reasons and for all the N.Y. talk he sounds fake; in one or two videos or them chump dvds, he was always trying to imitate west coast mannerisms et al-which I believe had led to his being the prime target for Keith Murray’s line (EPMD’s They Tell Me)- And you fools in them dvds waving tools/ no,that ain’t something that a gangstar do-
    Peace