Rap friendships don’t mean much.
Eminem feat. 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Ca$his “You Don’t Know”
from Eminem Presents The Re-Up(2006)
I hate the term, BFF (best friends forever, obviously). In fact, it disgusts me, as it should you. In our celebrity obsessed world, when two individuals of remote worlds (i.e. celebutant Paris Hilton and America’s “sweetheart,” Britney Spears) unite just to go shopping or for a night on the town, they are automatically deemed “BFFs” by the press. It just seems a little fake to me. Thanks, Us Weekly.
Your favorite rapper may never call his frequent-collaborator his BFF, but with all the fakle friends in hip-hop, it’s only a matter of time. Nas and Jay-Z, The Game and Snoop Dogg, and Lil’ Wayne and Baby, are all alliances that don’t infringe on the potential for good music. “Black Republican” just barely lives up to my expectations, with the exception of Nas’ ill verse. Baby and Wayne might be too close for comfort, but anything Wayne does is good. Game (blood) and Snoop (crip) stay pumping that “we’re all in the same gang” hype. But I’m still not moved by “Gangbangin 101” on Snoop’s Blue Carpet Treatment or “California Vacation” on The Doctor’s Advocate. I guess I have to be in a gang to get it.
Perhaps the truest of all rap BFFs, Eminem and 50 Cent sould be the exception to the rule. Em scouted 50 and they’ve been riding for each other through thick and thin. From inheriting each other’s beef to the classic material they consistently put out that almost seems too good to be true. But it is, especially on their aptly titled reunion mixtape, The Re-Up. Need more proof? Check Em hopping on Fifty’s back (literally) and professing his loyalty to his “friend” in the video for “You Don’t Know.” Aww. Plus, having the rest of the Shady/G-Unit/Aftermath squad rally together as inmates really shows the love. This is the only “friendship” that I wouldn’t mind lasting forever. We’ll see how long it lasts.