Hip-Hop’s Most Hardbody Anthem. Evar…

This summer has been one of the best ever for seeing Hip-Hop concerts in New York City. Between the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, the Zune Live At The BBQ event, Wild Style’s 25th anniversary, and the tremendous Rock The Bells show I have been enjoying most of my favorite all time artists do the thing that they love. Long live Hip-Hop. But with all the acts that I have seen this summer the one artist that could make this NYC’s greatest Hip-Hop resurgence hasn’t done a date yet. I’m talking about NaSir Jones.

I last saw NaS perform at a free concert in Central Park. Despite the fact that it had rained earlier in the afternoon the park was still crushed with over ten thousand fans that came to see the champ do his thing. Nothing was as crazy as when NaS spit ‘Ether’. Try to imagine a karaoke song ten thousand people strong. “Fuck Jay-Z!” We made NaS do the song again under the threat of a riot. For my money, watching NaS perform the song ‘I Can’ was my greatest single memory of any Hip-Hop show. Of all time. I’m talking about over twenty years of going to clubs like The Fun House, 10:18, Underground/Union Square, Madison Square Garden and The Latin Quarter.

‘I Can’ is the song that I can give to my babies as the representation of true Hip-Hop. Fuck a school prayer. ‘I Can’ should be played in the mornings before classes at every grade school in Bushwick, Brownsville, Camden, College Park, Compton, Settegast, and wherever empty lots outnumber occupied houses. Anyone can make a song about poverty and the desperation that convinces most people to forsake the families and neighbors in order to escape that environment.
How many rappers have the courage of heart to tell you that you have the power within yourself to change your environment for the better? Understand that the plan created by the Supremacists is to make you think that you are powerless. The Supremacists use people that look just like your family and neighbors to reinforce these ideas in your mind. When I listen to the song ‘I Can’ is when I remember why Hip-Hop changed my life so many years ago. It restores my faith in myself, and that allows me to have faith in my family and neighbors.

The ghetto exists in the state that it does not because the people can not trust their family or their neighbors. It exists in it’s condition because the people look in the mirror and they don’t believe in THEMSELVES. I always listened to some rappers describe their rap music as a mirror that simply reflects the conditions of the places that they lived in, but then why don’t these rappers use their music the same way you are supposed to use a mirror. You look at yourself and you wipe the schmutz out of your eye cracks. You clean the dirt off your face and then you make sure that your shirt is buttoned up properly. What idiot looks in a mirror and doesn’t use that information to make themselves look better?

That’s what you do when you believe in yourself. When you have faith in yourself. The Bill O’Reillys of the world can’t tell me nothing. I already know that O’Reilly is just a weedcarrying wigbrusher for Rupert Murdoch, and Murdoch is just a t.I. tool for the Supremacists. The media outlets he owns publish the ethos of Supremacy on a daily basis in several different platforms. Fox/News Corp. attacking NaS was all about preventing him from delivering his empowering message to the students of Virginia Tech who have lost their faith in themselves, their student family, and their neighbors. Peep the list of the assets and holdings of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

If you don’t wear your mental armor then Murdoch’s forces will penetrate your brain and destroy your physical. That’s why I listen to ‘I Can’ on the regulack. This song is my armor of truth. That’s why this song is Hip-Hop’s most hardbody anthem. Evar.

  • KF

    fair point. well made.

    fuck bill o reilly

  • LOL

    I CAN IS ONE OF NAS’ WORST SONGS.

    ITS OBVIOUS, PREACHY AND CONDESCENDING.

    ITS BASICALLY FOR 12 YEAR OLDS…LIKE AN EDUCATIONAL “AY BAYBAY”

    IF HIPHOP WAS MOSTLY LIKE THAT I’D GO ON A FUCKING SHOOTING SPREE.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    LOL,
    You are a simpleton shitbag. If you go on a shooting spree please kill yourself with 50 bullets.

    Hip-Hop needs all stories, and all voices from ALL races. And Hip-Hop needs ‘I Can’ not just for the babies, but for niggers like YOU. The real problem again is that you have no faith in YOU. Supremacy has got you fucked the fuck up.

    “You thinkin’ life’s all about smokin weed and ice,
    You don’t wanna be my age and can’t read and write.
    Begging different women for a place to sleep at night.
    Smart boys turn to men and do whatever they wish,
    If you believe you can achieve, then say it like this…”

  • http://www.kippways.org kelvin

    The courage it took for NAS to record I Can is incredible. I play this song for the middle school children I teach on a regular. If you think about it, he took the same type of gamble that KRS One took when he made Ghetto Music after making By All Means Necessary. We need more hip hop that is inspirational. In the late 80s and early 90s we had the gansta and the conscious. It is comming back full circle and we should welcome it.

  • LOL

    LOL@ UR LIL DIATRIBE.

    IF SOMEONE WAS GONNA DO A PARODY OF NAS , IT WOUD HAVE SOUNDED LIKE ‘I CAN’

    THE SAMPLE WAS UNIMAGINATIVE AND OBVIOUS, AND THE SONG WAS UNINSPIRED AND PREACHY. THATS THE TRUTH.

    I HAVE ABSOLUTE FAITH IN ‘ME’. THATS WHY I DONT NEED SOME RAPPER TO TELL ME ‘I CAN’ LIKE YOU DO.

    PEOPLE LIKE IS IS WHATS WRONG WITH HIPHOP BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS GO ON ABOUT WHAT HIPHOP SHOULD BE.

    WHEN IN TRUTH , ITS WHATEVER THE ARTIST WANTS TO PORTRAY.

    I DONT NEED SOME RAPPER OR CELEBRITY TO TELL ME HOW I SHOULD LIVE OR WHAT I SHOULD DO. I HAVE SENSE, AND IM AN EDUCATED INDIVIDUAL.

    JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE CAN SPIT SOME BARS OR CAN SLAM DUNK, DOES MEAN THEY HAVE THE ANSWERS TO LIFE OR THEIR VIEWS ARE UNFALLIBLE. THATS WHERE AMERICAN CELEBRITY WORSHIP STEMS FROM. ITS THE BIGGEST JOKE GOING.

    YOU’RE THE KINDA NIGGER THATS STILL SUPER STOKED THAT WHITE PEOPLE LISTEN TO PUBLIC ENEMY NOWAYS WHEN WHITE KIDS ARE ALWAYS LATE ON BLACK TRENDS AND JUMP ON SHIT WHEN WE MOVE ON TO SOMETHING NEW.

    I DONT EVEN SMOKE WEED U CRACKA HAPPY COON.

    SAVE UR WE ARE THE WORLD ESSAYS FOR UR INDIE HIPSTER FRIENDS THAT FREQUENT SXSW AND ROCK THE BELLS EVERY SUMMER

    NIGGER

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  • LOL

    LOL@ UR LIL DIATRIBE.

    IF SOMEONE WAS GONNA DO A PARODY OF NAS , IT WOUD HAVE SOUNDED LIKE ‘I CAN’

    THE SAMPLE WAS UNIMAGINATIVE AND OBVIOUS, AND THE SONG WAS UNINSPIRED AND PREACHY. THATS THE TRUTH.

    I HAVE ABSOLUTE FAITH IN ‘ME’. THATS WHY I DONT NEED SOME RAPPER TO TELL ME ‘I CAN’ LIKE YOU DO.

    PEOPLE LIKE YOU IS WHATS WRONG WITH HIPHOP BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS GO ON ABOUT WHAT HIPHOP ‘SHOULD BE’.

    WHEN IN TRUTH , ITS WHATEVER THE ARTIST WANTS TO PORTRAY.

    I DONT NEED SOME RAPPER OR CELEBRITY TO TELL ME HOW I SHOULD LIVE OR WHAT I SHOULD DO. I HAVE SENSE, AND IM AN EDUCATED INDIVIDUAL.

    JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE CAN SPIT SOME BARS OR CAN SLAM DUNK, DOESN’T MEAN THEY HAVE THE ANSWERS TO LIFE OR THEIR VIEWS ARE UNFALLIBLE. THATS WHERE AMERICAN CELEBRITY WORSHIP STEMS FROM. ITS THE BIGGEST JOKE GOING.

    YOU’RE THE KINDA NIGGER THATS STILL SUPER STOKED THAT WHITE PEOPLE LISTEN TO PUBLIC ENEMY NOWAYS WHEN WHITE KIDS ARE ALWAYS LATE ON BLACK TRENDS AND JUMP ON SHIT WHEN WE MOVE ON TO SOMETHING NEW.

    I DONT EVEN SMOKE WEED U CRACKA HAPPY COON.

    SAVE UR ‘WE ARE THE WORLD’ ESSAYS FOR UR INDIE HIPSTER FRIENDS THAT FREQUENT SXSW AND ROCK THE BELLS EVERY SUMMER

    NIGGER

  • Purple Hulk

    I AGREE WITH LOL
    NOONE WANTS TO HEAR THAT BULLSHIT, ITS PREACHING SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE ALREADY HEARS A BILLION TIMES
    THERES A BILLION OTHER NAS SONGS BETTER THEN THAT BULLSHIT.

  • TSF

    I saw NaS do “I Can” at a show in Chicago (Hyde Park). When he got to the part “Careful, ‘fore you meet a man with HIV” he ad-libbed “Careful, ‘fore you meet man like R. Kelly” and then broke out laughing and stopped the song. It was funny, but Hyde Park is Kells’ neighborhood, so the crowd got pissed off and the girl in front of me spent the rest of the show flipping him off. Still, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, nobody does it like NaS.

  • DANJA29

    Damn Billy- as badly as I don’t wanna agree with anything LOL and especially faggit-ass Hulk say…

    ‘I Can’ was a poor-man’s “Hey Young World”. This is one of those songs where Nas goes off on an “educational” tangent cause he knows all the so-called “smart” niggas will co-sign it and crown him their “smart nigga’s hero” or whateverthefuck.

    Nas does a much better job of being smart when he’s not trying to be.

  • LOL

    I LOVE NAS, DONT GET ME WRONG…DUDE IS TRUELY ONE OF THE BEST. BUT I CAN WAS JUST WAY TOO OBVIOUS.

  • The Spaniard

    A few things…

    1. It should go without saying but Bill O’Reilly is a fool.

    2. The message in “I Can” is a positive one overall and Nas is an ill MC, one of the best ever.

    3. I agree with LOL on his main points. “I Can” sounds like Nas decided he needed to make a “uplifting” song and proceeded to make one of the most bland and uncreative songs I have ever heard. Every time it comes on I immediately look for the closest escape route. A for effort D- for results.

    4. Now that I think of it I suppose this song is fine for pre-teens. Great message. Maybe it wasn’t meant as entertainment for my age demographic.

    5. “Git Up, Get Out” > “A Better Tomorrow” > “I Can”

  • Purple Hulk

    YOUR RIGHT
    GIT UP, GET OUT >>>>>>> ANYTHING BILLYS FAGGOT ASS LISTENS TO.

  • g

    Stop hatin on Nas for that song if you don’t like it then just say you don’t like it but thats your opinion. Why hate on him cause he makes a decent song, I ain’t heard a song as inspirational to people as that, when you go multi platinum and make a more inspirational song then people will give a shit when you complain

  • LOL

    SCREAMFEST > ROCK THE BELLS

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    When y’all little niggas have children and you want to introduce them to Hip-Hop if this isn’t the first song you use then you will be destined to have children that achieve less in life than you do.

    True story.

  • ri067953

    Yo, I agree with Billy. “I Can” is an adolesent version of “The World is Yours”. The World is Yours has been motivation to me and I am sure that I Can can be used to speak to the kids in a way they understand. Instead of having them listen to Lil Weezy, they need to put something postive in their ears.

  • DANJA29

    Billy… come on w/ the propaganda.

    If my kid doesn’t listen to Nas talk about the tombs and sh*t, he/she’s gonna do bad in life? That’s like sayin’ every kid who grew up listening to not-so-positive music turned out to be a convict. That’s bullsh*t Billy.

    That song is mediocre and a poor attempt at coming off “positive”. Don’t get caught up, Billy. You’re too deep in this hip-hop sh*t to be fooled by the trickery like them other niggas who look to rappers for life guidance.

  • Purple Hulk

    #
    Billy X. Sunday Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    When y’all little niggas have children and you want to introduce them to Hip-Hop if this isn’t the first song you use then you will be destined to have children that achieve less in life than you do.

    True story.

    IF THATS TRUE THEN YOUR PARENTS OBVIOUSLY DIDNT PLAY THIS SHIT FOR YOU.

    BUT I DOUBT THATS TRUE, A CHILDS FUTURE ISNT GONNA BE DETERMINED BASED ON WHETHER THEY HEAR A SONG OR NOT, ONLY AN IDIOT WOULD THINK THAT
    WHAT? WERE EVERYONE WHO WAS BORN BEFORE THIS SONG CAME OUT UNDERACHIEVERS? WHICH MEANS ALL ADULTS? INCLUDING YOU?

  • Purple Hulk

    #
    ri067953 Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Yo, I agree with Billy. “I Can” is an adolesent version of “The World is Yours”. The World is Yours has been motivation to me and I am sure that I Can can be used to speak to the kids in a way they understand. Instead of having them listen to Lil Weezy, they need to put something postive in their ears.

    THE WORLD IS YOURS IS A BILLION TIMES BETTER THEN “I CAN”, AND I DOUBT ITS THE MAIN DRIVING FORCE BEHIND YOU LIVING A SUCCESSFUL LIFE, IS IT?
    IT MAY HAVE INSPIRED YOU A LITTLE, BUT IT WASNT THE MAIN REASON YOU WERENT SUCCESSFUL.

  • LOL

    DID UR PARENTS INTRODUCE YOU TO HIPHOP?

    NOBODY HERE WAS SAT DOWN AND TOLD TO LISTEN TO SOMETHING , MOST OF US JUST DISCOVERED IT.

    PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE THE PROBLEM WITH HIPHOP, TELLING EVERYONE WHAT IT ‘SHOULD BE’.

    IF UR PARENTS SAT U DOWN AND TOLD YOU TO LISTEN TO SOMETHING YOU’D PROLLY INSTANTLY HATE IT.

    FUCK THAT SHIT.

    IF THATS THE CASE HIPHOP IS GOING TO BECOME THE MOST BORING GENRE EVER.

    LIKE PURPLE HULK SAID ” CHILDS FUTURE ISNT GONNA BE DETERMINED BASED ON WHETHER THEY HEAR A SONG OR NOT”

    THATS FUCKING CULT KRS ONE , TEMPLE OF HIPHOP BULLSHIT RIGHT THERE.

    IRONICALLY YOU’RE INADVERTANTLY CO-SIGNING BILL O’RIELLY WITH UR “THINK OF THE CHILDREN SENTIMENTS”.

    ITS ENTERTAINMENT.

    THE ONLY THING IMMA TEACH MY KIDS IS TO NOT WORSHIP CELEBS AND PEOPLE THEY SEE ON TV. AND ITS NOT ALL TO BE TAKEN TO HEART.

    THIS SHIT AINT A RELIGION.

    ALL U HIPHOP IS MY CULTURE FAGGOTS NEED TO GET A GRIP.

    WHO DIED AND MADE HIPHOP SAVIOUR OF THE FUCKING WORLD.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Danja,
    I use my hyperbole to stress a point that there is nothing more powerful than the affirmation that you as an individual are important. Does ‘Children’s Story’ do that? I wouldn’t place ‘I Can’ on the list for single greatest lyrical masterpieces that I put ‘Microphone Fiend’ and ‘Rock The Bells’ on, but without a doubt the song I can is more powerful than those two combined because it transcends Hip-Hop.

    It speaks directly to the most disenfranchised and most marginalized segment of our society and it tells them that they have self worth.

    Dude, you have to get a little older, or you have to volunteer to read books at a pediatric clinic in an impoverished neighborhood to see this song as I can see it. For dudes like you and me our fate is already decided, but not for the babies.

    I’m just recognizing that there is a song that doesn’t throw the children into the belly of the beast.

  • jimmy

    this is that same purple hulk nigga that thinks jay smooth talks too fast and with too heavy a birtish accent? i don’t understand how he can catch a single bar of the mob’s shit with such distorted hearing.

    and OBVIOUSLY his parents didn’t play that shit for him… no disrepect (to billy) but i don;t even know if they were alive around the time that shit dropped.

    hulk, steroids = bad, ok?

    i can’t really argue against anything LOL said tho…

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    LOL,
    My dad introduced me to John Coltrane, Gil Scott Heron and Stevie Wonder. My dad taught me how to hit a baseball and how to ride a bike. Like any kid that becomes a teenager, I rebelled against my parents because that is a function of being a teenager, but thankfully the foundation that my father gave me and his love for the arts I still retain.

    What did your dad give your momma other than his sperm and a black eye?

    True story is that bitchmade niggas write in all capital letters.

    True story.

  • jimmy

    other than “screamfest > rock the bells”. that was just retarded. i hope he’s talking about when ye, jay, fiddy, t.i. and everyone else got on stage together – then, i couldn’t front. but that gathering was just a one night anomaly.

  • DC

    LOL Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 10:26 am
    SCREAMFEST > ROCK THE BELLS

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You can’t be serious, right? That comment makes you teh ghey. The shit is even called Screamfest because little girls go apeshit and scream at high pitches when fiddy rips off his shirt like the incredible hulk or T.I.’s scrawny ass comes out in his wife beata. No homo. Maybe if those girls were listening to ‘I Can’ instead of ‘Candy Shop’, less of them would end up having babies at 15 and barely surviving off of welfare for the rest of their lives.

  • LOL

    Billy X. Sunday MY OLD MAN INTRODUCED ME TO BOB MARLEY, GREGORY ISSAC,DENNIS BROWN ETC, BUT HE PLAYED THAT SHIT IN HIS OWN TIME WHEN HE WAS RELAXING AND I HEARD IT AND LIKED IT.

    IM SURE IT WAS THE SAME WITH UR DAD AND John Coltrane, Gil Scott Heron and Stevie Wonder

    HE DIDNT SIT YOU DOWN AND TELL ME TO SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO THE MUSIC AND CHECK UP ON YOU TO SEE IF I WAS LISTENING ETCETC

    THAT SHIT IS DICTATING.

    KIDS REBEL ON THAT SHIT.

    AND BESIDES THE GENRE WILL EVOLVE INTO SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO RELATE TO MY KIDS GENERATION, THE SAME WAY REAGGE PRODUCED THE DANCEHALL SUB-GENRE.

    STOP TYIN TO MAKE HIPHOP STAGNANT,

    PUT THAT TEMPLE OF HIPHOP BIBLE DOWN NUKKA

  • Purple Hulk

    #
    Billy X. Sunday Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 11:39 am

    LOL,
    My dad introduced me to John Coltrane, Gil Scott Heron and Stevie Wonder. My dad taught me how to hit a baseball and how to ride a bike. Like any kid that becomes a teenager, I rebelled against my parents because that is a function of being a teenager, but thankfully the foundation that my father gave me and his love for the arts I still retain.

    What did your dad give your momma other than his sperm and a black eye?

    True story is that bitchmade niggas write in all capital letters.

    True story.

    SO WHAT YOUR SAYING IS THAT YOUR DAD HATED YOU SO MUCH THAT HE MADE YOU DEPEND ON MUSIC TO LEARN LESSONS ABOUT LIFE? DAMN, NOT EVEN YOUR PARENTS WANTED TO SPEND TIME WITH YOUR ASS, THATS PATHETIC.
    YOUR SUPPOSED TO TEACH YOUR KIDS THAT HIP HOP IS ENTERTAINMENT, IF YOU DONT THEN THEY END UP DEALING CRACK AND SHOOTING PEOPLE, DUMBASS.

  • Purple Hulk

    AND BTW, I TYPE IN ALL CAPS CAUSE THATS HOW I TYPE, BITCH.
    YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT?
    YOU SEEM BITCHMADE, HAVING YOUR FEELINGS HURT BECAUSE EVERYONE TOLD YOU “I CAN” IS A MEDIOCRE SONG.
    YOUR PROBABLY CRYING RIGHT NOW.

  • http://yahoo CaesarDuke

    U know I never realize that I can was a song that Motivates people the song tells you that no matter what stands in your way you can overcome that no matter what people need to motivate them selfs to do better in every aspect that do no what if ur a barber a teacher est. tell ur self that I can and I will do better and forget those people that are hating on u because in da end u would be the person who gets da last laugh

  • LOL

    ” CHILDS FUTURE ISNT GONNA BE DETERMINED BASED ON WHETHER THEY HEAR A SONG OR NOT”

    ^^ SEEMS LIKE BOTH BLL O’RIELLY AND BILLY X SUNDAY DISAGREE.

    DELORES C TUCKER ASS NIGGA

  • THAT BOY NOAH

    GOOD POST BILL.

  • LOL

    DC Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 11:53 am

    LOL Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 10:26 am
    SCREAMFEST > ROCK THE BELLS

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You can’t be serious, right? That comment makes you teh ghey. The shit is even called Screamfest because little girls go apeshit and scream at high pitches when fiddy rips off his shirt like the incredible hulk or T.I.’s scrawny ass comes out in his wife beata. No homo. Maybe if those girls were listening to ‘I Can’ instead of ‘Candy Shop’, less of them would end up having babies at 15 and barely surviving off of welfare for the rest of their lives.

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    BLAMING HIPHOP FOR UNDERAGE PREGNANCY AND PEOPLE ON WELFARE?

    WOW..I DONT THINK AL SHARPTON OR BILL O’RIELLY COULD HAVE WRITTEN IT BETTER HIMSELF.

    SMH. WAKE THE FUCK UP YOU DUMB FUCKS.

  • thekingof118

    hahahahahahahahahaha…

    laughing at Billy gettin bodied on his own blog…

    priceless!

  • DC

    LOL,

    kids are extremely impressionable and will immitate the style and behavior of celebrities, especially hip hop artists. I am pretty sure it was tupac who said that growing up his favorite rappers became like father figures to him. I am not saying that 50 is the reason or underage pregnancy, but children idolizing him and listening to his music is not helping the problem at all. If those kids instead looked up to a positive figure like Nas, maybe they would take their lives in a different direction. we can all agree that hip hop is very influential, so if it can be used as a positive source, then it can be used negatively as well. NO BILL O”REILLY.

  • tonelocilla

    Purple Hulk and LOL = the ambiguously gay duo. What’s up with you guys ridin’ each other so hard?

  • thoreauly77

    people, the intriguing title got you all talking didn’t it? haha to all you free-thinking and educated people doing exactly what sunday wanted! anyhow, “i can” is obviously aimed straight at the kids in order to be inspirational, and in that sense it is one of the best songs he has done. let’s think of some other songs aimed at the kids lately: chicken noodle soup; crank that soldier boy; a bay bay. need i say more? the simple fact that “i can” seems condescending to some people simply speaks on the fact that it is not directed at adults (young or old), even though many may gain something if they listen.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    thoreauly77,
    why you try’na pull the curtain away from the wizard of oz? NaS’ song was explicitly created for young, impressionable minds.

    Too bad for Hip-Hop that some of those young, underdeveloped minds reside inside skulls whose bodies have been on the planet for a score of years.

  • faker than fake

    i agree with LOL. billy got ethered. seriously, billy is romanticizing this shit a little bit too much which inadvertently feeds into oreilly’s and sharpton’s bs.

    From Mos Def’s “Hip Hop”:
    It’s all-city like Phase2
    Hip hop will simply amaze you
    Grace you and pay you
    Do whatever you say do
    But black IT CAN’T SAVE YOU

  • ri067953

    All I gotta say is that the lyrics and beat of “I Can” are elementary and simple because it is designed to reach the kids. Isn’t it better to tell kids they have self worth instead of telling them that diamonds and spinning rims make them a person of value?. Word!

  • Juice.

    Black children are told right from the start that they ‘can be what you wanna be if they work hard enough.’ They’re told that in their schools, by their parents, etc. It hasn’t been working for the past 30+ years, why would it start working now? No amount of ‘I Can’ is gonna fix a lack of personal responsibility OR is it gonna fix the fucked up system.

  • LOL

    AGAIN I ASK, WHO DIED AND MADE HIPHOP SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD?

    IRONICALLY WHEN I WAS 13 AND LISTENED WAS LISTENING TO IT WAS WRITTEN BY NAS, (WHICH I DISCOVERED WITHOUT PARENTAL GUIDANCE)
    MY OLD MAN DIDNT WANT ME TO LISTEN TO THAT MUSIC CAUSE IT HAD CURSE WORDS IN IT.

    SAME GOES FOR WU-TANG.

    ALL THIS HIPHOP IS THE SAVING GRACE OF SOCIETY IS A BUNCH OF BULLSHIT AND IT DOES PLAY INTO BILL O’RIELLY AND AL SHARPTONS THINKING, BUT YOU ARE SO BLIND U CANT SEE IT.

    ITS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY CELEBRITY, HIPHOP OR OTHERWISE TO RAISE OUR KIDS.

    DC, YOU DID SAY 50 AND “CANDY SHOP” WAS THE REASONF OR UNDERAGE PREGNANCY AND PEOPLE ON WELFARE, DONT BACKTRACK.

    FUNNILY ENOUGH U SAY PEOPLE WHO LOOK UP TO 50 WOULD BECOME LESSER HUMAN BEINGS WHEN THE GUY IS ALSO A HIGH PUBLICISED WEALTHY ENTREPRENEUR WHO EXPANDED HIS MUSIC CAREER INTO CLOTHING, BOOKS, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES AND OTHER BUSNIESS VENTURES , TO INCREASE HIS OWN PERSONAL WEALTH.

    NO, THATS NOT UPLIFTING OR INSPIRING AT ALL.

    SMH.

  • LOL

    AS I SAID B4

    I HAVE ABSOLUTE FAITH IN ‘ME’. THATS WHY I DONT NEED SOME RAPPER TO TELL ME ‘I CAN’ LIKE YOU DO.

    I HAD PARENTS WHO TAUGHT ME WELL, AND EMPHASISED THAT I SHOULDNT ACT OR DRESS LIKE OR BELEIVE EVERYTHING I SEE ON TV. THOSE PEOPLE ARE IN SHOWBIZ AND THEIR RULES ARE NOT THE SAME AS MINE.

    I DONT NEED SOME RAPPER OR CELEBRITY TO TELL ME HOW I SHOULD LIVE OR WHAT I SHOULD DO. I HAVE SENSE, AND IM AN EDUCATED INDIVIDUAL.

    JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE CAN SPIT SOME BARS OR CAN SLAM DUNK, DOESN’T MEAN THEY HAVE THE ANSWERS TO LIFE OR THEIR VIEWS ARE UNFALLIBLE. THATS WHERE AMERICAN CELEBRITY WORSHIP STEMS FROM. ITS THE BIGGEST JOKE GOING.

    IT WOULD BE CHILD ABUSE TO SIT A KID DOWN AND TELL THEM TO LIVE BY ANY ENTERTAINERS WORDS, ACTIONS OR MUSICIANS LYRICS.

  • smog

    i see alot of talk of about what hip hop is and what it isnt , purphulk and lol, obviously have a very concrete, tanigable feeling towards hip hop, specifally that it can “save or help you” that is not the message of “i can”, the message of “i can” is that anyone is capable of anything, with or without hip hop, lol you might not need to here that but alot of people do, now that being said, i aint never really felt like that i can was that inpiring or anything, but when billy writes “For my money, watching NaS perform the song ‘I Can’ was my greatest single memory of any Hip-Hop show. Of all time. I’m talking about over twenty years of going to clubs like The Fun House, 10:18, Underground/Union Square, Madison Square Garden and The Latin Quarter.” i understand what that song ment for him and i wouldnt want to try and take that away from him. now that i broke it down i say it real quick
    danja, purphulk, lol, yall hate, and dont bring nothing to the game except hate,
    why are yall tryin to bring people down? why?

  • rizzop

    Billy actually came on and simply mentioned his opinion on a particular song, and yet niggas still hate? It is sad that the massa has ya’ll prgrogrammed to hate on each other even if you’re saying something positve. The title of the drop wasnt “the most positive hip hip song ever”. It was hip hops most hardbody anthem evar…in his opinion. It just shows are ignorant some people are that you gotta try to shit on someone whos just saying he likes a positve message in a song……something we dont get very often, from one of the best MCs ever. Not once was it mentioned or asked if you had faith in yourself. (Good for you homie (clap,clap,clap) Or if some celebrity tells you how you should live,or the fact that they spit some bars meant they have the answers to life, It just shows a man knowing he has power in his words and using them the right way. At that, if you were so educated, you would have shown some reading comprehension skills to know what the subject matter was…..

  • LOL

    RIZZOP , IF U NOTICE MY FIRST RESPONSE WAS..

    LOL Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 7:02 am

    I CAN IS ONE OF NAS’ WORST SONGS.

    ————————–

    MY OTHER REPLIES WERE RESPONING TO BILLY X’S FURTHER COMMENTS.

    MANY U NEED TO READ MORE B4 YOU COMMENT ON MY WORDS.

    FUTHERMORE I VENR SAID THE SONG ISNT POSITIVE, ITS CLEARLY IS AND WAS MEANT FOR THAT PURPOSE. BUT IN SAYING THAT IN MY OPINION IS WASNT A GREAT SONG.

    THERE A COMMENT SECTION SO I CAN EXPRESS MY OPINION ALSO.

    MY BASIC POINT IS IF U SUBSCRIBE TO THE NOTION THAT A SONG OR A ENTERTAINER CAN CHANGE THE WORLD OR CAN CHANGE AN INDIVDUAL.

    THEN YOU ARE INADVERTANTLY CO-SIGNING AL SHARPTON AND BILL O’RIELLYS ARGUEMENTS AGAINST ‘NEGATIVE/sexual’ MUSIC&ENTERTAINMENT.

    WHICH IS COMPLETE BULSHIT.

    THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND.

    LET IT SIMMIER IN THAT BRAIN THAT HIPHOP CULTIVATED LOL

    NOW GO LISTEN TO THE EARTH SONG BY MICHAEL JACKSON AND SAVE THE PLANET.

  • LOL

    I LISTENED TO MOBB DEEP ALL IN MY YOUTH AND WAS NEVER TEMPTED TO SHOOT A GUN, IVE STILL NEVER BEEN NEAR ONE.

    WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS STOP PUTTING THE BURDEN OF SOCIETY ON THE SHOULDERS OF 21 YEAR OLD RAPPERS , WHO CAN’T EVEN GET A CAB IN THEIR CITY.

    AND WE DO DO THAT.

    DUDE SAID “IF PPL DIDNT LISTEN TO CANDY SHOP THEY WOULDNT GET PREGNANT AT AN EARLY AGE AND BE ON WELFARE THEIR WHOLE LIVES.”

    THATS AN IGNORANT FUCKING STATEMENT RIGHT THERE.

    ONE THAT WOULD ROLL OFF THE TONGUE OF BILL O’RIELLY.

    IF AN ARTIST WANTS TO MAKE A POSTIVE SONG OR MAKE A ‘POSTIVE’ MOVIE OR WHATEVER..FINE, ITS UP TO THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH THEIR ART.

    BUT IT DOESNT HAAAVEE TO BE THAT WAY.

    HIPHOP DOESNT HAVE TO BE ONE THING.
    MUSIC DOESNT HAVE TO BE ONE WAY.
    MOVIES DONT HAVE TO BE ONE WAY.
    TV SHOWS DONT HAVE TO BE ONE WAY.

    SO STOP LIMITING HIPHOP AND SAYING IT HAS TO BE A CERTAIN WAY.

    ITS HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO LIKE BOTH 3-6 MAFIA AND COMMON.

    ITS PERFECTLY FEASABLE THAT SOME PEOPLE WILL BUY BOTH 50 & KANYES ALBUMS ON 9/11.

    IM NOT HATING, ITS A REBUTAL.

    BILLY IS EXPECTING US TO TAKE EVERYTHING NAS SAYS TO HEART.

    HE WANTS US TO TELL OUR KIDS TO BELIEVE IN EVERYTHING A RAPPER SAYS

    THATS BULL. WE SHOULD BE TELLIN OUR KIDS TO NOT LOOK UP TO EVERYTHING WE SEE ON TV

  • smog

    lol dont be afraid of hip hop, i dont even know why you here boy, its like you dont give hip hop any cred man, yeah it has power, yeah by its self no song can change the world, buts its just a song, but in billy’s mind its a message to the future, it needs context, thats why orielly says hip hop is negative and for him it is cause that dude aint got no context to but nas lyrics into, he dont know the world of hip hop then when he listen to nas he dont even know, lol, boy thats why i ask if you scarred of hip hop, you sound like one of those people that jay smooth be talking about, yeah hip hop has no power its just dead why dont you just move on, son

  • thoreauly77

    LOL- you have single-handedly turned this forum into your own platform to proselytize. your whole point is to think for one’s self, yet here you are trying to convince everyone to think like you. don’t you see the hypocrisy built into your sanctimonious blatherings? apparently you do not understand hyperbole or rhetoric, yet are perfectly capable of using both in every single one of your arguments. seems a bit ironic doesn’t it?

    “HE WANTS US TO TELL OUR KIDS TO BELIEVE IN EVERYTHING A RAPPER SAYS”

    -that’s a mighty big jump you made. how on earth do you have any real idea about what another man is trying to do? also, it seems more realistic that he simply thinks that the message nas was sending with “i can” is a positive and meaningful one. in fact, it says as much in the post if you bothered to read it.

  • LOL

    THOREULY77

    Billy X. Sunday Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    When y’all little niggas have children and you want to introduce them to Hip-Hop if this isn’t the first song you use then you will be destined to have children that achieve less in life than you do.

    ^^^

    SO WHAT NOW IF NAS TURNS AROUND AND SAYS HE BELIEVES ALL JEWS ARE EVIL. (WE DONT KNOW IF HE THINKS THAT OR NOT)

    NOW DO I HAVE TO CO-SIGN THAT OR DO I NOW HAVE TO TELL MY KID NOT TO BELEIVE NAS?

    THATS THE DANGER OF WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY CELEBRITY WORSHIP.

    I LOVE HIPHOP, ITS MOSTLY WHAT IVE LISTENED TOO MY WHOLE LIFE, BUT ITS A GENRE OF MUSIC LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.

    YES IT HAS A SCENE AND HAS A HUGE FOLLOWING

    BUT THIS WHOLE NOTION THAT U CAN ‘BE’ HIPHOP AND YOU ‘ARE’ HIPHOP, AND U HAVE TO ABIED BY SOME RULES TO STAY IN THE HIPHOP CLUB IS CULT-LIKE. I DONT SUBSCRIBE TO THAT.

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    Hey, LOL, you arrogant waste of a Lifestyle rubber, I know it’s ur job to hate, because you mother didn’t put in enough time during ur childhood to give you any self-esteem, so you sit in front of that computer all day, looking for ways for people that’s actually contributed someway to society to mention ur name, and I must say, if thats ur goal, job well done. Also, you may be the single most pathetic person (assuming you have reproductive organs)I’ve ever heard of in my twenty years on this Earth. “I Can,” is a statement of empowerment, it gives a positive message to these kids who think it’s cool to grow up and be wannabe Nino Browns and Young Jeezys’. Grow up lil’ man, go get laid, smoke a “L,” and do something constructive with your time instead of creating arguments, just for the sake of arguing. Real Talk. O and co-sign what Sunday said.

  • these posts are racist

    Nice post Billy. People really believe that the “news” is there to inform us and that if it is in the “news” then it must be true. People do not understand how these organizations have agendas and the stories they pick, the way they deliver the stories, the messages they deliver therein, etc. is all part of their agenda…not to educate and inform the public.

    I especially co-sign:

    “If you don’t wear your mental armor then Murdoch’s forces will penetrate your brain and destroy your physical.”

  • DC

    50 Cent– not only does he sucks balls, (no homo?) but he also sells sexually explict songs to a young demographic. Why else do you think he does colaberations with Justin Timberlake and Ciara? Or does popy songs for TRL? Or performs at ScreamFest? His music is like smoking ads with cartoon characters in them. He’s a fucking scumbag, and children, and society in general for that matter, would be better served listening to Nas and songs like “I Can”.

    By the way, Bill O’Reilly, and douches like that, don’t just attack idiots like fiddy, they make blanket accussations at the whole genre and culture of hip hop. So by saying 50 is a bad influence on kids, doesn’t mean I am on some ignorant, Bill O’Reilly shit and doesn’t mean that I think he should be banned from recording or anything.

  • thoreauly77

    LOL- seriously, look up “hyperbole” and “rhetoric”. just do it please, and then re-read the post. if after that, you still don’t get it, it’s fair to say that you may never get it. i am not trying to be a dick to you either, i am just saying that you are reading what you want to read, not what is actually written. understand?

  • C-Money

    yo lol u are making the blog about you and your beliefs. State your opinion, then keep it moving.

    There is no way you can possibly grasp what affect a song or hip hop for that matter has on other people. It might not have an affect on you because you had a good upbringing and was actually raised by your PARENTS. I was fortunate enough to be raised the right way by my parents as well. Don’t be naive and think that hip hop cannot have a negative influence on the youth because as you know, not everyone was as fortunate as us.

    As idiotic and close-minded O’Reilly and Sharpton are, you cannot say they do not make any points. Of course, they take it to an extreme that makes it blasphemous, but listen to the message. I am not a supporter of them but there should at least be dialect about the subject because it needs to be addressed.

    At the end of the day, nothing may be changed because hiphop will never be censored, but I do not see how Billy X using this forum to talk about something having a positive influence on his life be a bad thing.

  • BIG ROB

    I think LOL and PURPLE HULK should be iLovers. They are trying to stand out by going against the grain, instead they come out sounding like a bunch of pre-pubesent school girls who want to stand out to get the attention of the jocks.
    Maybe they should exchange numbers and meet, then fall in love and live happily ever after. Maybe start their own website and post blogs of their idiotic sence of Hip Hop.

  • LOL

    I LOVE HOW , RATHER THAN DISCUSS THE TOPIC AT HAND, ALL PEOPLE CAN DO IS TRY (YES TRY) TO MAKE PERSONAL INSULTS AND MAKE GAY ACCUSATIONS.

    INTELLIGENT FELLAS, REAL INTELLIGENT.

    MAYBE YOU REALLY DO NEED A RAPPER TO TELL YOU HOW TO LIVE UR LIVES.

    DAMN

  • Dr Flav

    I hear what you saying Sunday, but I do believe there are stronger anthems, dont sleep on Hey Young World, it was full of gems. That being said, I am continually impressed by Lol’s Ideas and thought process, you can like him or not, but dude’s statements have logical truth in them, dont confuse debatin with hatin.

  • Dr Flav

    “YOU PROBABLY CRYIN RIGHT NOW…” Now that was funny.

  • LOL

    Y’ALL FAGGOTS NEED TO GET BILLYS NUTZ OF YA CHIN

    HIPHOP DOESNT HAVE TO SAVE THE WORLD.

    NEITHER DO MOVIES , OR T.V SHOWS , OR SPORTS.

    ITS ENTERTAINMENT.

    HIPHOP DOESNT HAVE TO SHOULDER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WORLDS PROBLEMS.

    IF AN ARTIST OR FILM MAKER WANTS TO TACKLE SOCIAL ISSUES THATS FINE ITS UP TO THEM.

    BUT THEY ARE NOT RESONSIBLE FOR RAISING PEOPLES CHILDREN.

    WOW, I CAN’T BELIEVE ALL YOU DUDES ARE CO-SIGNING BILL O’RIELLY.

    LOL@C-MONEY. DAMN KID. U SHOULD BOYCOTT GRAND THEFT AUTO TOO.

  • Purple Hulk

    I BET HALF THESE PEOPLE BITCHING AT LOL ACTUALLY HAVE CHILDREN THEMSELVES, AND YET THEY SPEND ALL DAY ON THIS SITE RATHER THEN RAISING THEIR CHILDREN THE RIGHT WAY
    THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT RELY ON HIP HOP TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN FOR THEM

    THEYRE PATHETIC

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    I prefer keep ur head from Pac..but i get where ur coming from

  • HAWAIIAN

    why the hell doesn’t LOL or Purple Hulk know what hyperbole is?
    they are trying to preach and they don’t even have a decent grasp of the english language.

    and can they stop pretending to be black? its clear from reading all their immature and lame posts that they are both about 16 years old, and from the suburbs.

    Get real. and its more likely than not that they are the same person, but too stupid to change the similarities in their posts.
    either that or they are both incredibly stupid young men.

    btw Billy, that is an excellent post.
    your next drop should be a list of songs that yo

  • HAWAIIAN

    hey LOL & PURPLE HULK, stop acting as if you are black. its clear from reading all of your stupid, contradictory posts that you are 16 year old white boys, or probably the same person. give it up.

    your supposed “ethering” of billy is just lame. do you think he is hurt because there are a few ignorant naysayers on the comment board, particularly idiots like you who would tear him down no matter how important and culturally relevant a point he is tryin to get across to you fools?

    and look up “hyperbole”, as you clearly missed that class, probably out “ethering” people on the internet.

    by the way billy, great post.

    next drop should be “……. is for the children: Hip Hop for your kids”
    and do a list of important songs that the seeds should hear.

    one from Kauai.

  • Rizzop

    SO WHAT NOW IF NAS TURNS AROUND AND SAYS HE BELIEVES ALL JEWS ARE EVIL. (WE DONT KNOW IF HE THINKS THAT OR NOT)

    NOW DO I HAVE TO CO-SIGN THAT OR DO I NOW HAVE TO TELL MY KID NOT TO BELEIVE NAS?

    UUUmmmm no homie, he was talking about one song and one song only. Nas has made songs about doing some crazy shit, but in this case he was only speaking on “I can” Which you said was one of his worst songs, but in what context? Because it wasnt full of clever punchlines? He mad the song with a point:

    You thinkin’ life’s all about smokin weed and ice,
    You don’t wanna be my age and can’t read and write.
    Begging different women for a place to sleep at night.
    Smart boys turn to men and do whatever they wish,
    If you believe you can achieve, then say it like this…”

    The sad part is that maybe you personally dont think life is about what he was speaking about, but alot of dumbasses do, and no matter where you’re from shit has gotten worse. If you happen to disagree with someone (nas) whom has actual power to change how some of these kids that are fucked up in the game, that perfectly fine, but dont charge it to the game as being OBVIOUS, PREACHY AND CONDESCENDING unless you can say that waht he said will never have a chance of having a positive affect. Shit alot of parents aint around to say shit, so give that man probs for at least trying…..Hell when was the last 50/Dipset track that was positve?

  • C-Money

    lol – i am not boycotting anything especially not GTA….that has no affect on me. Open your mind up a little bit. There is probably a reason everyone on hear is trying to attack you. You’re entitled to your opinion homey so we agree to disagree. Some people take this shit too serious though; its’ a debate so personal attacks are corny and for the most part comical. You’re not getting that from me haha

    and nobody is co-signing O’Reilly but yall give that man too much power. Its not like he is going to eliminate hip hop altogether (he had the thing with Luda but it’s not going past that) He’s a bigot and a dickhead and hes not changing anytime soon. He has zero credibility so I could careless what he has to say about hip hop.

    Billy X – good post…I personally think black zombies and World is Yours are more influential to me from nas but I’m black from styles P = most hardbody anthem ever. I will bump “I can” on my ipod and sing along though lol

  • LOL

    I FIND IT FUNNY THAT SOME 20 YEARS AGO WHEN ICE-T AND 2-LIVE CREW WERE FIGHTING IN CONGRESS FOR FREEDOM OF SPEACH, SO MANY ‘REAL HIPHOP HEAD’ WOULD TURN AROUND AND USE THE SAME ARGUEMENT AGAINST HIPHOP THAT NANCY REGAN , TIPPER GORE, DELORES C TUCKER AND NOW BILL O’RIELLY AND AL SHARPTON USE.

    ITS PATHETIC.

  • LOL

    TWO WORDS. CELEBRITY WORSHIP.

    IT ALL STEMS FROM THIS.

    ‘NAS HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS’

    LOL, WHY? CAUSE HE CAN SPIT BARS? SO WHAT? THAT DOESNT MAKE ALL HIS VIEWS PERFECT. HE ISNT PERFECT.

    I CAN IS A AN AVERAGE SONG. ALONG THE LINES OF THESE 2 CHEESEY SONGS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXTceCrXEqM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2boee8XEHA0

    NOT ALL DOCUMENTARIES ARE GOOD, NOT ALL ‘POSITIVE’ MOVIES ARE GOOD.

    YOU PPL ARE TRUELY STUPID.

  • http://xxlmag.com King B

    Horrible song from Nas. Corny, straight up. What we Do is a better anthem than that wack ass song.

  • che

    I very rarely agree with billy, but he’s got it right this time.

    what people need to understand is that this song is for the kids, so it’s been done accordingly.

    kids learn in a different way to grown ass ‘educated’ men. although let’s be real, LOL is the best name ur ‘educated’ self could come up with? i mean, really?

    my point is, kids dnt put on cartoon network and expect to see CNN and learn their values from a news broadcast, instead most cartoons that they watch on cartoon network have morals in the stories which they are more comfortable watching.

    so when people say the song is ‘obvious’ or ‘condescending’ they’re missing the point. it’s not for you. cartoons are equally ‘obvious’ and ‘condescending’ to adults. but kids learn from them.

    It takes real ignorance to not be able to objectively view that song as a good, powerful song that is beneficial for those that it is aimed at. see past the fact that it may not affect you personally to a great extent, but may affect the life of somebody else greatly.

    believe it or not, kids listen to and love hip hop. and this is Nas. not Styles P or Gillie the kid. They’re gonna listen.

    Nas did something great when he made that song. whether you are able to fathom its effect or not, he motivated a lot of people with that song. that you must accept, as this post and the comments are evidence of it.

    people cannot act like there is not a huge problem with the lack of black male role models for kids from single parent families in the black community.

    instead, like it or not, kids look to people like 50 cent as a role model, you can see it in the way they walk, talk, dress etc. IT IS NOT A GOOD THING.

    so who the fuck are you to criticize Nas on any level for making ‘I can’? he could easily have not made that song and lived comfortably. but unlike some who ‘dumbed down for the audience and doubled their dollar’ he decided to do something positive.

    p.s. fuck bill o reilly, i hate that motherfucker, he takes shit out of context and presents it to conservative white america to make them panic.

    IF NAS SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO PERFORM AT VIRGINIA TECH BASED ON THE GROUNDS OF ADVOCATING VIOLENCE, THEN NOT A SINGLE PERSON WHO SUPPORTED THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAR IN IRAQ SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND EITHER.

  • Purple Hulk

    BITCH I KNOW WHAT HYPERBOLE IS
    I DONT SEE ANY EXAMPLE OF ME USING IT THOUGH, I DONT SEE HOW SAYING PARENTS SHOULDNT RELY ON HIP HOP TO RAISE THEIR KIDS IS BEING RIDICOLOUS, WHAT DID I EXAGGERATE? IF ANYONE IS USING HYPERBOLE ITS BILLY, HES THE ONE SAYING ANY KID THAT DOESNT HEAR THIS ONE SONG IS GONNA END UP BEING UNSUCCESSFUL.

  • doctor69

    ok had to speak I have to agree with purple joe fixit and lol I can wasn’t once of Nas best songs I personal thought one mic and rewind was better and the slept on blunt ashes but I agree with Billy X on the song message it was a kids song but not dumded down like 95% OF THE BULLSHIT THAT IS PLAYED NO THE AIRWAVES NOW THAT WHY I GOTTA LISTEN TO WBLS AT NIGHT RATHER THEN 97 AND 105 ACCEPT ON FRIDAYS WITH MARLEY MARL WHO DOESN’T PLAY THE SAME CORNY COONS RINGTONE SONGS EVERY 5 MINUTES LOL YOU WRONG ON HIPHOP AS A CULT TO EDUCATE THEN YOUR PARENTS NEVER MADE YOU LISTEN TO STEVE WONDER KEYS IN LIFE AND MUSICAURIUM THAT WAS PREACHING THROUGH SINGING REALLY ANALIZE LIVING FOR THE CITY OR HIGHER GROUND NAS OR MY MOMS FAVORITE THE MESSAGE NAS AND KRS WASN’T THE FIRST JUST DOING WHAT HE PREACHED CARRYING ON TRADITION

  • LOL

    IVE SAID ALL ALONG ITS COOL IF AN ARTIST WANTS TO DO SOMETHING POSITIVE.

    I SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.

    BUT IT IS BY NO MEANS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. THEY ARE ENTERTAINERS.

    IF U SUBSCRIBE TO THAT THEN U RUN INTO BILL O’RIELLY TERRITORY.

    AND JUST BECAUSE HIS SONG IS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ‘POSITIVE’ DOESNT INSTANTLY MEAN ITS GOOD.

    LETS USE SOME COMMON SENSE HERE.

    HE HAS BETTER POSITIVE SONGS , AND I CAN IS A CHEESEFEST LIKE EARTH SONG AND HEAL THE WORLD BY MICHEAL JACKSON

    END OF THREAD.

  • Worley

    Sunday, it’s as simple as this:

    “Do not speak to fools they scorn the wisdom of your words.”

    True Story.

  • Cuban Link

    That was the best moment for hip hop all year, when like 2 people tried getting NaS removed from the VA Tech performance, and over 10,000 people voted on him staying.Damn.And itll prolly be the only good moment for hip hop since some country hick might be outselling Fiddy and Kanye.

    And honestly, I never really liked I Can.I thought it had a message but tried to make it into a mainstream song.For that real shit, theres no other track like One Mic.

    And talking about NaS performing, his best performance was here in Queens about 2 or 3 years ago. It was sick the whole night, but then near the end, he did “The World is Yours” off Illmatic, that was the craziest single performance Ive ever seen in my life.

  • http://www.myspace.com/michaelbjordan SENATOR MICHAEL JORDAN

    I should have played “I Can” for my family reunion yesterday. The kids had a dance competition, and since I was DJing, I selected the songs for them. Actually, the kids requested their favorites, in this order:

    1. Crank Dat Soulja Boi
    2. Walk it Out *remix
    3. Wipe Me Down *remix
    4. Chicken Noodle Soup
    5. Lipgloss
    6. Ay Bay Bay
    7. Two Step
    8. Get Me Bodied

    I put a lil’ “Jesus Walks” in there, just to please the parents, because I just knew they weren’t too happy with the positive and uplifting lyrical delivery of the above songs.

    “Jiggalatin’, I been rollin’ bout a week…”
    “Super-soak that hoe!”
    “And I’ll use the LifeStyles or the Magnum, or the Trojan, or go ‘head and use the barrel of the Tec!”

    Way to go, rappers!!
    *Gold star for Naas (O’Reilly pronunciation used)

  • this guy

    damn all you kids are funny

  • John Galt

    What Billy was commenting on was Nas’ ability — and willingness — to reach people through his music. My mother, a middle school teacher, uses “I Can” to motivate her students before statewide exams. They love her for it because what other teacher allows them to listen to hip-hop in class? The words are motivational and the message gets across: If you put your mind to it, you can achieve great things. And sure, the message is simple — as such, anyone and everyone can relate to it and be affected by it, even a teacher and a group of 14-year-olds.

    When Billy says Nas is “hardbody” with the song is that by putting it to disc, he was exposing himself to the people who left most of the comments above — a.k.a. the lowest common denominator. Nas has enough confidence to put out a positive message, despite the rampant negativity in hip-hop and the cynicism that pervades much of our media-driven society. Basically, he didn’t care how it would be received — he had a message he viewed as important, he had a forum to get it across and he took advantage of that.

    There are a lot of people out there who have negative existences. Rather than trying to elevate themselves, their goal is to bring others down to their level. Those are the people who can’t possibly understand the value of “I Can,” and who will never truly be happy in life. To them, I’d say to take a few minutes and listen to the song again with an open mind. You might just learn something — which would be long overdue.

    That’s what’s up.

  • ekb

    i always liked the song and the message …fuck it

  • Truth Be Told

    Believe in myself? What’s there to believe in? I can’t add a single hour to my life. Hope lies in the Creator. Pushing ideas like this only make it harder for people in need of true hope.

    The blind lead the blind…

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    I apologize for leaving the thread today. Blame Eskay for sending me on assignment. I just got home from the Black August concert in NYC. Peep my drop later today on a review of the show. I turns out that Black folks actually do support live Hip-Hop shows. Who knew?!?

    This drop was just a test and few heads failed miserably, but I respect LOL for the fact that he bathes in his ignorance like a pig inside a pile of shit. LOL, you lose because of shit like, “SCREAMFEST > ROCK THE BELLS”. That’s the shit a ho ass nigger that wears his mommas high heels would say. The big loser is your sponsor Dr.Flav for co-signing you. Someone mail Dr.Flav a quarter so that he can stick it up his ass. Dude just played himself.

    John Galt – You just came to the thread and nailed the jumper on your first attempt.

    Belize – You know I don’t fucks with ‘Pac too tough, but ‘Keep Your Head Up’ *pause* is the GOAT of all jailhouse 25 to life anthems. “Gone Til November’ is good too.

    C-Money – I’m Black is a hardbody song, no doubt and the message I found in that was that Blackness does not = criminality. ‘I Can’ still wins because it’s for the kids.

  • http://www.blogspot.com/zacreole zacreole

    Billy-Good post.

    Even if viewed by others as slightly pandering for compliment fishing you rose to the occasion & brought heat to what some see as a half baked loaf in attempt to make dough. You instead broke bread with your loyal following bringing food for thought to the hungry mass. It’s no miracle that a few turned your water for the mind turned into whine & got drunk & disorderly.

    The catch of the day you reeled in is fresh, clean & has reached it’s mature growth. You took what some felt was tuna, kept it raw & made a nice sashimi. Was-ah-B? I respect your not taking a gingerly approach to keep things tasteful for sensitive palates. No salt for me, just soy salsa & chopstix. Props. & pass the sake for Nas’ sake.

    Zacreole

  • http://www.blogspot.com/zacreole zacreole

    Che-Good analysis-your mature viewpoint is appreciated & welcomed as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stagnant conversation.

  • http://www.blogspot.com/zacreole zacreole

    LOL-I see your point. However you give off the impression that you are a little more than hungry to have a venue of your own to speak your peace. May I suggest Google’s Blogspot.com. There you can elucidate all of your opinions in a forum that is created & directed by yourself & direct those interested in further dialog regarding your standpoint to your own soapbox.

    You seem contentious in your repeated & eliptical statements & are distracting the rest of the readers who wish to comment on Mr. Sunday’s blog post by, in effect, throwing salt & stealing thunder. Speak ya’ clout & keep it moving. There are others who’s opinions & thoughts are as valid & deserving of consideration as yours. No disrespect intended.

    On the contrary: your interest regarding the topic & your feedback is appreciated by myself (& I’m sure many others) & the passion in which you voice your counter-intuitive ideals is felt & respected. However, this is Mr. Sunday’s blog & you must respect his position of entitlement of communication. At the very least you must agree to disagree, offer your alternative view & move on to let others have their turn in the limelight.

    BTW, I do appreciate where you are coming from. I don’t really dig the song for myself & my own listening pleasure. I do however respect Nas for voluntarily, thoughtfully & lovingly creating a song for an underrepresented audience (kids-the seeds). Todays youth, esp. impoverished urban kids of color, are in dire need of role models & education from someone other than their parents, teachers, or the government as they all seem to either be failing or not able to do enough.

    Hearing an established celebrity, such as Nas, who they both look up to & respect & view somewhat as a peer, speaking directly to them, relating to them as fellow humans instead of as an authority figure, does wonders for reaching the minds, hearts & souls of kids. kids dig Nas because he’s cool, tough, street smart & has a sense of style & swagger that they aspire to have & one day be like.

    However corny or forced this song may seem to you you must realize that you are not the targeted listener. But, if you are grown, mature & relate to the youth & their struggles I would sincerly hope that you could appreciate the sentiment & the motivation behind this song. I may no longer be a kid (31) but Slick Rick’s “Hey young World” still brings a smile to my face, a warm feeling in my chest, a lump in my throat & a tear to my eye whenever I hear it.

    Even after all these years since I first heard it back in 1988 the knowledge that Ricky dropped on us all still has resonance. I think all Billy was trying to say is that Nas “I Know I Can” is a similar song for this generation & hopefully will elicit similar feelings & emotions in this new generation of hip-hop youth both now & for years to come.

    We are in a time when hip-hop has been commercialized, marginalized, & boiled down to it’s most prurient base to be marketed for appeal to the lowest common denomenators of slackness, escapism, hedonism, hatred, intolerance, gluttony & irresponsibility. For an artist with such a high profile & corporate expectations as Nas release a song like “I Know I Can” proves more than anything that the true spirit (& heart) of hip-hop is not dead at all.

    Even if you feel that the song is forced, is a corporate gimmick to appeal to a particular market & is simplistic in its format, construction & lyricism consider this: would you rather have your kids being programmed to say “I Know I Can” or have them instead spending their allowance on “Snow-Man” T-shirts? Think about it.

  • http://www.blogspot.com/zacreole zacreole

    PH-Glad to see you speaking your opinion on issues not related to fellatio, sodomy & various other forms of homoeroticism. Also nice to see you voicing an actual viewpoint rather than simplisticly hurling juvenile insults & idle threats.

    I see you must have taken the advice I gave you in Elliots Kanye blog several days ago. Good for you. You must feel like you dropped a ton from off your shoulders. Be proud of who you are.

    Zacreole

  • Rich Arte

    ^^^tonelocilla Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 1:12 pm
    Purple Hulk and LOL = the ambiguously gay duo. What’s up with you guys ridin’ each other so hard?

    LOL=PURPLEHULK. They are the same person. Read Billy X’s first comment addressing LOL, and PurpleHulk responded. You’re not fooling us.

    @BXS: I can appreciate why you wrote this and wish you would do more. I still have yet to see anything on the def poets I kept telling you about who talk about the same messages you do in this post (youtube black ice). Personally I loved the message in “It’s Your World” by Common on Be. Very uplifting and that whole album is full of gems. good post nonetheless.

    LOL, THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE TALKS TO YOU, DON’T HAVE PURPLEHULK RESPOND FOR YOU IN FIRST PERSON. JUST A HEADS UP (NO HOMO)

  • LOL

    ANYONE BEHIND THE SITE CAN SEE PURPLE HULK AND I HAVE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT I.P ADDRESSES , SO THAT THROWS ALL YOU’RE THEORIES OUT THE WINDOW.

    SMH @ ALL YOU HIPHOP CONSERVATIVES (THATS WHAT I’LL CALL ALL YOU FAGGOTS NOW) EXPECTING HIPHOP SO RAISE PEOPLES KIDS AND SAVE THE WORLD.

    ARE U AL SHARPTONS IN DISGUISE?

    AND SHAME ON ALL OF YOU FRONTIN LIKE EVERY HIPHOP ALBUM DOESNT HAVE ATLEAST ONE SOCIALLY CONCIOUS TRACK ON IT.

    WHAT DO YALL LISTEN TOO? WHITE APPROVED HIPSTER HIPHOP MOST LIKELY

  • Keepin it REal

    Billy X. Sunday Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 11:39 am
    LOL,…..True story is that bitchmade niggas write in all capital letters.

    ^^^we can all see he was talking to LOL but the response was..
    ^^Purple Hulk Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 12:05 pm
    AND BTW, I TYPE IN ALL CAPS CAUSE THATS HOW I TYPE, BITCH.
    YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT?
    YOU SEEM BITCHMADE, HAVING YOUR FEELINGS HURT BECAUSE EVERYONE TOLD YOU “I CAN” IS A MEDIOCRE SONG.
    YOUR PROBABLY CRYING RIGHT NOW.

    so now we can all see that he exposed himself, and if it’s not the same person, shame on both of you. But here’s what LOL had to say…
    ^^LOL Says:

    August 27th, 2007 at 8:44 am
    ANYONE BEHIND THE SITE CAN SEE PURPLE HULK AND I HAVE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT I.P ADDRESSES , SO THAT THROWS ALL YOU’RE THEORIES OUT THE WINDOW.

    For the record, we can’t see the I.P. addresses, but we can see the comments, and you clearly fucked up if you were trying to remain anonymous. Try harder next time, you get a C- for effort.

  • LOL

    Y’ALL ARE THE SAME FAGGOTS THAT WOULD BLAME THE WWF IF ONE OF UR KIDS CHOKESLAMMED ANOTHER KID AT HIS SCHOOL.

    RAISE UR OWN DAMN KIDS AND STOP MAKING A 21 YEAR OLD RAPPER RESPONSIBLE FOR UR POOR WORK AND OTHER PPLS POOR JUDGEMENT.

    YOU ARE SERIOUSLY NO BETTER THAN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA OF THE USA

  • Real Talk

    I come in here to actually C/s one of your posts and everybody is giving you shit about it. Damn can’t catch a break dude. I’m pretty sure none of these cats hatin have any children, at least that they’re taking car of anyway.

    Save the children Billy

  • Ryan

    I’m glad someone else noticed that Purple Hulk and LOL are the same person, just like Skinhead Bob was LOL, and so on and so forth. He always creates characters to “have his back” on threads. He has no room to lecture anyone on anything, he’s just a biggot, closed minded idiot who’s ignorance pretty much makes anyone with half a brain sick.

    LOL @ THIS WHITEBOY TRYIN TA GET AT ME ABOUT THIS.

    FOOL YOU DONT KNOW NOTHIN BOUT HIP HOP, GO BACK TO YOUR SXSW AND INDIE ROCK SHOWS. SMH.

    GO BACK TO ROCK THE BELLS AND “REAL HIP HOP”, IMA GO JOCK 50 CENT SOME MORE. SMH.

    SMH SMH SMH KILL WHITEY.

  • LOL

    JUST WANT TO REMIND ALL YOU SO-CALLED HIPHOP FANS , THAT HIPHOP ISN’T THE CAUSE OF ALL THE WORLDS PROBLEMS, AND NEITHER IS IT RESPONSIBLE FOR SOLVING THEM.

  • LOL

    LOL Says:

    August 27th, 2007 at 8:44 am

    ANYONE BEHIND THE SITE CAN SEE PURPLE HULK AND I HAVE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT I.P ADDRESSES , SO THAT THROWS ALL YOU’RE THEORIES OUT THE WINDOW.

  • Chris S

    very well written billy

    I Can > Bill O’Reilly’s life

  • AB

    I saw Nas last night. HE CAN NEVER REMEMBER HIS LYRICS. He seriously needs an understudy.

  • Around and Around

    Nice drop, shit even TPAR gave you props, what’s up with that?

    Any Other Comment >LITTLE NIGGAS TYPING IN CAPS

  • http://ionlydatewidereceivers.blogspot.com ShayShay

    The song is a little preachy, but it’s still something. You do need to take a mirror and straighten things out. Maybe we should say something along those lines to our kids, even if you didn’t like the song itself. And why trust rappers to have any kind of influence on our kids if we don’t everyday? The song was just one small thing.

  • C-Money

    nobody said hip hop is to blame for all of the world’s problems

    So if you think people can say or do anything they want and not be held accountable for their actions, then I feel sorry for you. No it is not their responsibility to raise kids or help their community but do not get upset when someone praises a figure in hip hop for doing something positive. Hip hop should not be censored in anyway and I certainly will not tell rappers what to rap about but lets not pretend they do not have an influence on the youth.

    If you want proof, just watch the 60 minute special on stop snitching where cam’ron brings our race back about 40 years. Watch the kids responds to questions about what they think snitching is.

    Hip Hop is a culture, it is more than just music people.

    If “I Can” can help one kid turn his life around then Nas did his job. Uncreative or not, the song was powerful and it served its purpose.

  • P-Matik

    Where Nas killed me was right after “I Can” he had “Book of Rhymes”, where he he declared “damn, I been looking for that b**ch’s number.”

    Nas’ contradiction train is unstoppable.

  • Sin-cere

    I agree.. I can was very Ill. I think young boys on here are missing your point. This song proves that HIP HOP is bright and intleigent. Read the knowledge he spits. Plus the video was ill.

    Do you listen to music or just scheme thoru it. Jay Z

    Be, be, ‘fore we came to this country
    We were kings and queens, never porch monkeys
    There was empires in Africa called Kush
    Timbuktu, where every race came to get books
    To learn from black teachers who taught Greeks and Romans
    Asian Arabs and gave them gold when
    Gold was converted to money it all changed
    Money then became empowerment for Europeans
    The Persian military invaded
    They heard about the gold, the teachings, and everything sacred
    Africa was almost robbed naked
    Slavery was money, so they began making slave ships
    Egypt was the place that Alexander the Great went
    He was so shocked at the mountains with black faces
    Shot up they nose to impose what basically
    Still goes on today, you see?
    If the truth is told, the youth can grow
    Then learn to survive until they gain control
    Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes
    Read more learn more, change the globe
    Ghetto children, do your thing
    Hold your head up, little man, you’re a king
    Young Princess when you get your wedding ring
    Your man is saying “She’s my queen

  • LOL

    C-MONEY HIPHOP IS NOT A CULTURE ITS A GENRE OF MUSIC FROM AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE.

    STOP MAKING THIS SHIT INTO A CULT.

    AND STOP SNITCHING EXISTED BEFORE HIPHOP.

    YOU BUY INTO ALL THIS MEDIA PROPAGANDA,

    SHAME ON U.

  • Inspecta Gadget

    LOL is PURPLEHULK and he’s trying to fool us. Shame on you.

  • Poison

    DANJA29 Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 9:31 am
    Damn Billy- as badly as I don’t wanna agree with anything LOL and especially faggit-ass Hulk say…

    ‘I Can’ was a poor-man’s “Hey Young World”. This is one of those songs where Nas goes off on an “educational” tangent cause he knows all the so-called “smart” niggas will co-sign it and crown him their “smart nigga’s hero” or whateverthefuck.

    Nas does a much better job of being smart when he’s not trying to be.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    nas was one of the most prolific writers / artists of the 20th century. he was not trying to be a smart nigga he IS a smart nigga trying to be dumb as hell like yall…cuz he knows when a brotha starts talking educated then he is looked at as LAME….yall should get yall minds right

  • C-Money

    lol – that is where you are wrong. I am not saying hip hop is a cult but you obviously don’t realize the power it has. Go down your street and see how many people dress, talk, act, and imitate what their favorite rapper does and tell me again hip hop is nothing more than a genre of music.

    Again, I am not telling artists what they should rap about. They should just be conscious about who they are affecting and if they choose not to care, that is their prerogative. I wouldn’t hold any animosity but I will definitely commend the ones who make a change for the positive.

    In a utopian world, all kids should be stable and have a great family support. But in the real world, problems do exist and people get neglected. Just acknowledge the fact that hip hop affects society whether you like it or not.

    At the end of the day, there are lot more problems going on in this country far worse than hip hop but lets not act like it’s perfect.

  • LOL

    CAM’RON, DIDNT SET ANYBODY BACK 40 YEARS WHO IS ALREADY INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO SEE WHATS GOIN ON.

    CAM IS A STREET SMART SUCESSFUL DUDE IN HIS OWN RIGHT, THE ONLY MISTAKE HE MADE WAS NOT BEING MEDIA SAVVY ENOUGH TO SEE THAT THEY WERE GONNA USE HIM TO PORTRAY WAT THEY WANTED ..THEY HAD AN AGENDA.

    NOW AS FAR AS SNITCHING GOES ..ITS STARTED WAY BEFORE HIPHOP. AND ITS SENTIMENTS LAY WAY DEEP B4 ANY RAPPER SAID IT ON A TRACK , BECAUSE OF INCIDENTS LIKE THIS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaHyuWgir8U

    ^^^^^

    AND FEAR OF RRETALIATION WHICH THE MEDIA AND 60 MINUTES PURELY GLOSSED OVER BECAUSE IT DIDNT FIT INTO THEIR SYSTEMATIC ATTACK ON HIPHOP WHICH YOU ARE BUYING INTO.

    AGAIN SHAME ON YOU.

    A 12 YEAR OLD KID IN THE LIVERPOOL ENGLAND GOT SHOT AFEW DAYS AGO, WITH 15 EYE WITNESSES AND NOT ONE HAS COME FORWARD. YOU THIK ITS BECAUSE THEY LISTEN TO CAM’RON?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/08/27/nrhys527.xml

    JESUS CHRIST, YOU ARE REALLY STUPID.

  • Rich Arte

    this rap epidemic is to see mo’ green/
    I think I’m goin crazy like Cee-Lo Green/
    it’s too many entertainers that’s neglectin the facts/
    so the youth play ball or they expected to rap/
    knowledge is power, not the kind tucked in a gat/
    or the fast money that comes from hustlin packs/
    or the ice or the whips, or the bitch you see/
    cuz that shit fades away in time, eventually/
    the role models will influence and encourage the rest/
    to see through the lies and discourage the mess/
    leave the guns and the drugs alone/
    that’ll take most of these rappers out they comfort zone/
    then maybe we can hear content in these fuckin songs/
    say “what the fuck is wrong” reply “nothin”…gone/

  • Combat Jack

    My three sons aged 10, 9 and 5 LOVE “I Can”, and whatever they love and happens to be positive, I Love. Fall back on NaS ya’ll, put the song in it’s proper perspective. Dude just bodied Hova, lost his mom’s to cancer, had his baby’s mom on front street looking like Supahead and he wanted to include a song to build some self esteem in his daughter and other kids who listen to Hip Hop. Dude came off wit “I Can”. [||].

  • ak d

    cosign billy (again, droog is on a roll) lol @ lol and all other humourless tryhards. it is a good job you wont have children.

    today is no capitalisation day.

    @!

  • LOL

    WHAT UR ESSENTIALLY SAYING IS BLACK PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS.

    THE TRUTH IS PEOPLE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG.

    THE REASON WHY CERTAIN THINGS ARE POPULAR IS BECAUSE ITS OFFENSIVE , SEXUAL AND FLIRTS WITH DANGER.

    THE REASON WHY SORPRANOS, OZ, THE WIRE, SEX AND THE CITY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ETC IS MORE POPULAR THAN ANYTHING ON PBS IS BECAUSE SHOWS THINGS THAT ARE DANGEROUS.

    AS FAR AS THE WAY PEOPLE DRESS AND TALK, THATS MORE TO DO WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE.

    SHOW ME ANY TREND IN HIPHOP THAT DOESNT COME FROM US.

    HIPHOP IS ONE OF THE GENRES TO COME FROM AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE , THE GENRE OF MUSIC IS NOT A CULTURE ITSELF.

    GRASP THAT SIMPLE FACT NUKKA.

  • C-Money

    so Cam’ron being exposed on 60 minutes makes him smart. Intersting. They interviewed Cam’ron for a reason instead of someone like Nas as you and I knew their agenda. I don’t believe in the propaganda the media portrays but your quick to dismiss everything as if its a witch hunt.

    I see that you do not comprehend well so there is no point in wasting time lol. I never said everyone who believes in that stop snitching bullshit was a result of hip hop, making your whole rant about everything existing before hip hop irrelevant. I was just showing an example of the power that hip hop has on society. Maybe the kids in England did not learn it from Cam’ron but how about the kids in Harlem? Stop making excuses for rappers being irreponsible and hold them accountable. Not for everything obviously, but I won’t let them off the hook when they do not represent this shit we call hip hop right.

    I don’t blame hip hop for everything, which is what you must be getting from my posts. I love hip hop thats why I’m here dude.

  • LOL

    OMFG, I DIDNT SAY THE INTERVIEW MADE HIM SMART U FUCKING IDIOT READ

    I SAID HE MADE A SUCCESS OF HIMSELF AND IS STREET SMART. HE OWNS BUSNIESSES OUTSIDE OF HIPHOP.

    THE SIMILARITY BETWEEN THE KIDS IN LIVERPOOL ENGLAND AND THE KIDS IN HARLEM IS THAT THEY BOTH COME FROM POOR NEIGHBORHOODS. AND ARE DISAFFECTED YOUTH. IM NOT MAKING EXCUSES YOU ARE

    AND U HAVE TROUBLE COMPREHENDING.

    RATHER THAT POLITICIANS AND THE MEDIA TACKLING THE REAL ISSUES BEHIND THE PROBLEM , ITS REAL EASY TO TIE IT ALL UP TO HIPHOP. AND YOU FALL FOR IT.

    YOU ARE A POOR EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN, YOU REALLY BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON TV. NO WONDER YOU THINK EVERYONE THINKS LIKE YOU.

    SMH.

  • LOL

    LMAO @ HIPHOP CONSERVATIVES.

  • Curious George

    just curious, but what does SMH stand for? can anyone tell me?
    I think it stands for:
    So Many Haters
    Stamp My Hand
    Smack My Hoes
    Stop Making Hamburgers
    Slow Motion Hondas
    wtf does it stand for?

    and what’s with Nullus????

  • C-Money

    wow ignorance is really bliss

    now I am a poor excuse for a human lol

    In the words of your favorite rapper and hip hop scholar Cam’ron..”you mad doggie”

  • al-mighty

    I HAVE CHILDREN AND I KNOW I CAN IS A GREAT SONG. BUT ONLY FOR 8 YEAR OLDS AND I LOVE THE SONG BECAUSE IT GIVES ME POSITIVE HIP HOP TO PLAY FOR MY SON VERY SIMPLE MELODY AND THE IMPEACH THE PRES SAMPLE TAKES ME BACK THE LYRICS ARE SIMPLE SO A 5 YEAR OLD CAN CATCH EM AND I KNOW THIS WAS NAS INTENTION THIS SHOULD BE THE ONLY REASON AN ARTIST INTENTIONALY DUMBS DOWN HIS LYRICS IM GLAD HE RECORDED AND RELEASED THIS SONG AS A SINGLE IT SERVES ITS PURPOSE SOMETHING TO BUMP IN THE RIDE THAT IS REAL HIP HOP WHEN YOUR ROLLIN WITH YOUR 8 YEAR OLD BUT WHEN IM SOLO ITS GOOD OL EITHER

  • LOL

    SMH= SHAKE MY HEAD

    AND SMH @ U HIPHOP CONSERVATIVES , BLAMING HIPHOP FOR THE WORLDS PROBLEMS (AND YOU ARE BUT YOU DENY IT WHEN ITS POINTED OUT)

    AND SMH @ YOU PUTTING THE BURDEN OF THE WORLD ON KIDS WHO CANT EVEN GET A CAB IN THEIR OWN TOWN. JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN SPIT OR HAVE A MIC AND AN MIC.

    YOU’RE ARE REDICULOUS. SERIOUSLY.

    ONCE YOU SUBSRCIBE TO THAT THEN U CAN BLAME MOVIES, PORN, VIDEO GAMES , WRESTLING AND EVERYTHING ELSE ON SOCIETIES PROBLEMS TOO.

    Y’ALL ARE AS BAD AS DELORES C TUCKER FORREAL.

    THE MEDIA GOT U HYPNOTIZED LIKE PLIES

  • LOL

    WHY DONT Y’ALL JUST LIVE IN SAUDI ARABIA WHERE EVERYTHING IS CENSORED AND MEN CAN ONLY GO ON THE INTERNET WHEN SUPERVISED

  • these posts are racist

    LOL (and your various aliases)

    You are annoying, have no sense of logic and are probably a 14 year old kid from kansas.

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    >’Keep Your Head Up’ *pause*

    ^
    I.Cant.Stop.Laughing…

  • G2

    Props to Billy for the post and Sin-
    Cere for posting the third verse, which I was hoping somebody was gonna comment on. Even tho the song was aimed at children, my brother who is ten years older than myself was not really up on Timbutku or Afrika in general’s role in civilizing/educating the “western” world. So I definitely believe the song was courageous and necessary.

  • JD3

    IM WRITING IN ALL CAPS LIKE LOL BECAUSE IM A BADASS AND I KNOW EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!
    1ST BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dr Flav

    Fuck what you talkin bout, Im rollin with LOL on you sensitive over a song assed suckers. IT WAS JUST ONE SONG OF HUNDREDS OF POSITIVE SONGS, actually it was meant to piggyback off the success of One Mic. Dont let music raise your kids, a song cant MAKE you do anything, appreciate having FREE WILL to make decisions with outcomes you are individually responsible for yourself. LOL didnt like the song he told yall why, some attacked him and he understandably went on defense. Some of you are still mad because LOL hurt your feelings on those Rock The Bell blogs.

  • Dr Flav

    TPAR you bogus too, as much as you opine and debate on this site to just brush that man off with a personal attack instead of digging deeper into why he on what he on is borderline hypocritical, considering the many diatribes you’ve had on here.

  • these posts are racist

    Dr Flav,

    my brotha, I didn’t write that. Every so often someone posts as me, its either on purpose or on accident (as many times someone else’s ID pops up on my screen). While I disagree with a lot of LOL has said in other posts (I honestly haven’t read through the back and forth on this thread), I rarely would dismiss a cat with a blanket statment…I usually try to have some substance when I disagree.

    I respect that you have no prob. to call me out when you think I’m out of order though…good shit and a sign of a real man.

    Respect.

  • Purple Hulk

    Rich Arte Says:

    August 27th, 2007 at 7:31 am

    ^^^tonelocilla Says:

    August 26th, 2007 at 1:12 pm
    Purple Hulk and LOL = the ambiguously gay duo. What’s up with you guys ridin’ each other so hard?

    LOL=PURPLEHULK. They are the same person. Read Billy X’s first comment addressing LOL, and PurpleHulk responded. You’re not fooling us.

    THE COMMENT HE MADE WAS IN GENERAL, HE SAID “BITCHMADE PEOPLE TYPE IN ALL CAPS”, HE DIDNT SAY WHO HE WAS TALKING TO, DUMBASS.

  • TheUltimate

    Billy-

    These are the truest words you ever wrote. Please ignore these haters. If it ain’t about spinning rims or snapping fingers, these idiots can’t get with it.

  • Rich Arte

    yes he did dumbass

  • Tray

    A bunch of bullshit about how black people built the pyramids and women can be talk show hosts, like that’s their only lane. Insipid garbage. Of course it’s better than 99% of what’s out there, message-wise anyway.

  • Dr Flav

    My bad TPAR, and I knew the shit aint sound right, thats what makes it so bad. Its all good, men need to keep each other on point, maybe more then there would be less depending on a song to save our communities.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    No one is depending on a song to save a community, but just like you need bricks to build a house how do you discount the cornerstones?

    Don’t be a hypocrite or a fool and think that media doesn’t influence and inspire people. You would really have to be a bonafide blank if you claim otherwise. Media is a socializing tool. It’s used to tell people what to think and how to act.

    If you don’t think media is a powerful influencer then you have never seen the movie ‘Birth Of A Nation’.

  • these posts are racist

    Symbols and messages are important to directing a people’s psyche. The most simple messages are usually the most effective. Think about politicians and their one liners that could never be translated into social policy, but get people nodding their head.

    A song like “I Can” is not a solution to the problems of poverty, etc. but it important and necessary for a community’s psyche and self confidence. People in all countries of the world have songs that celebrate their history and contributions to world civilization. When a kid hears this, he feels proud to be him. Nas’ song is no different.

    Finally, it is inspirational and I do believe that adults and children can both be inspired by a song like “I can”.

  • Eli Sweet

    4 REASONS WHY “I CAN” FUCKING SUCKS:

    1. The hook rhymes the word “be” with “be.

    2. The line “watch the company you keep and the crowd you bring/ cause they came to do drugs and you came to sing” Listen Nas, I didn’t come to FUCKING SING! I came to do drugs- and so did you!

    3. The history lesson that Nas relates is glib at best and completely innacurate at worst.

    4. The beat has a played out sample that is not creatively flipped!

    I love Nas, but the joint is WHACK!

  • kritiq

    P-Matik Says:

    August 27th, 2007 at 10:26 am
    Where Nas killed me was right after “I Can” he had “Book of Rhymes”, where he he declared “damn, I been looking for that b**ch’s number.”

    Nas’ contradiction train is unstoppable
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    lol what a damb ass name an artist that does not contradict himself

  • Around and Around

    P-Matik Says:

    August 27th, 2007 at 10:26 am
    Where Nas killed me was right after “I Can” he had “Book of Rhymes”, where he he declared “damn, I been looking for that b**ch’s number.”

    Nas’ contradiction train is unstoppable
    —————
    How the fuck is that a contridiction, what because of ‘I Can’ he’s got to give up pussy or something? You make no sense gay-matik

  • Purple Hulk

    I LOVE LOL & DARK. I FEEL IT’S TIME FOR ME TO ADMIT MY SEXUAL DESIRES FOR MY FELLOW POSTERS. BOL, HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE? I HAYTE YOO BUTT I LOVE YOO TOO. BULLY, I MEAN BILLY, ARE YOU A PITCHER OR A KKKATCHER (JUSS KURIOUS)

    POOPHOLE HULK SIGNIN’ OUT IN THIS BITCH

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