And Still I Rise…

Good morning bitches! Look what happens when I take off a few days to go on a drunken binge. Rap City gets pushed back to the infomercial time slot (how apropos) and holy shit!?! Scratch magazine gets cancelled like a Fisty Scent European tour. These are monster developments in the fiscal health of Hip-Hop, but they honestly pale in comparison to the news that Jay-Z just can’t leave rap alone.

Another studio album from Jay-Z makes sense to me since ‘Kingdome Come’ did seem to tarnish the legacy of rap’s once and future king. You don’t want to go out on a note like that. It was like when Pat Ewing tried to finger roll his way into a Finals. But will ‘American Gangster’ be the slam dunk that Jay-Z needs to cement his legacy? You would hate for him to be surrounded by yes men telling him that he had some hot shit when in reality it was luke warm at best. I’m nervous for Jay at this point. His sword doesn’t seem as sharp as it once was when he had Dame and Biggs around to perform the quality assurance tests on his product

That right there could be the key to a resurgent Jay-Z. Bring back the old gang for one more go round. Dame certainly owes Jay a favor since Jay allegedly got his ass out of hock with all of those back taxes difficulties. Get the old Rocafella Records crew back together. Get Clark Kent on the phone. Holla at that Spanish dude that does the crazy intros. What’s his name anyhoo? Trade in that MayBach, or the spaceship, or whatever car Jay-Z is advertising now and fire up the old Lex GS. Hell, buy a used Pathfinder. I like Pathfinders [ll].

If Hip-Hop is on it’s deathbed in a hospice somewhere we might as well have a big party for it, and no one partied as well as the old Rocafella Records gang. Well, maybe Diddy, but bring his ass along too. Fuck it, call Lil’ Kim up and tell her ass to stop by. Foxy too. Oh, that’s right, she’s busy now. Does Amil still have a cellphone? Well then call her up now nigga. Not now, right now!. It’s a celebration bitches! Who the fuck knows what the budget is going to look like in 2008 and if there’s even going to be any room for rappers that don’t make viable ringtones.

2007 is winding up to look like the greatest year in Hip-Hop evar, not including the previous thirty years. If NaS manages to push his next album out in December the only other artist that could make this year better would be another album by that skinny kid that has all of those tattoos and an earring in his nose. What’s his name again?

Tupac.

  • http://www.mrmakaveli.net Anghell

    Being admin on the largest and most active ‘Pac site of this moment, I can tell you that an album hasn’t been announced, officialy anyway. Couple of projects on the way, including Live 2 Tell (motion picture of the script he wrote whilst in jail) + acompanying soundtrack. Anyhoo, we should get a box set of OG’s sometime, but nobody when (and if it’s really true)

    Just my $0.02

  • aquilogy

    sorry bums but im first

  • http://highsnobiety.com Tiro

    thought u was talkin about Wayne at the end

  • Mpho

    R u taking a jab @ pac, huh Sunday?.. That still i rise track was fire, matter of fact lemme scan my pc for that album nigga.. and blaze that Ain’t Shit Without Your Homeboyz track

  • http://wmdeez.wordpress.com nation

    >> His sword doesn’t seem as sharp as it once was when he had Dame and Biggs around to perform the quality assurance tests on his product

    but the pen is mightier than the sword my lord

  • John Brown

    Billy Says:

    “the only other artist that could make this year better would be another album by that skinny kid that has all of those tattoos and an earring in his nose. What’s his name again?

    Tupac.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    So Billy your not looking forward to that Wu album anymore? BTW, I read at another hiphop website that this Jay album is like another Blueprint album, with the beats and the deep thoughts and shit. Dont know, but I hope he has atleast 2-4 features. One will be with Nas called “Enemy Lines”, the other one will be with 50 called “On top of NY” and the last one with Joell called “NY Forever”. I dunno maybe I am just wishing to much.

  • bbrolic

    Bro I cant believe you said Kingdom Come tarnished Jay’s legacy! That’s crazy. That was one of the best albums of 2006! Sold 700,000 first week! How could you say that tarnished his career. Admittedly it wasnt as good as The Blueprint but it was about even with the Black Album. Please you and a hundred other backpacking whiteboys are the only ones checking for an album from the smoked out fake gods Wu-tang! Niggas want reality fam not niggas ryhming about woody woodpecker snuffing scooby doo in the face! (the ghostface cartoon character song). I know your supposed to start controversy by saying outrageous shit but just be real fam. That last Nas album was trash. Having Kelis on that album really made me lose respect for that dude! So you keep waiting for December for another Nas flop by yourself!

  • Real Talk

    C/S Billy Kingdom Come is the Only Jay z album I’ve never gone out and Bought. I still deep down in my heard believe Jay is the GOAT but I was severely dissapointed by Kingdom Come, there were only like 3-4 songs on there I liked and that’s just unacceptable in an age where you can hear albums for free before you buy them.

    So now that he “came back like jordan wearing the 45″, I’m gonna hope that now that this a new season he throws the 23 back on and rips this little niccas a new on.

    1 hunned

  • LowEndofDaChi

    “Foxy too. Oh, that’s right, she’s busy now. Does Amil still have a cellphone?”

    ——————————-
    Hilarious

  • H-LO

    “Holla at that Spanish dude that does the crazy intros. What’s his name anyhoo?” –

    I think his name was “Pain in da Ass”!

  • Pierzy

    The dude on the intro is named “Pain In Da Ass”

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Brocolli,
    Don’t tell me an album is good because it sold X amount of copies it’s first week. We all got the memo that Island Def Jam bought 650,000K of that CD (presumably to give away as party favor weed plates).

    Kingdome Come needs a do-over and this next CD will be just that.

    Tiro,
    You got Lil’ Wang on your brain huh?

    J.B.,
    That Wu Joint ain’t dropping this year. If it does it will pwn every other album except Redman and Joell Ortiz’ joint.

  • for the record

    Jay should’ve signed Joell Ortiz instead of Uncle Murda….im just sayin

    Joell Ortiz > Uncle Murda

    “Brooklyn Bullshit” > “Brooklyn”

    good drop BXS

  • Rich Arte

    “fuckin wit Jay, you goin die..bigtime…..ooookaaayy..I’m reloaded”

    -Pain in da Ass (SMH @ his name)(no homo)

  • Brooklyn

    4th quarter is for the big boys. KingdomCome was good it was just the mature Jay that a lot of people didn’t want. Nas, Wu Tang and Lupe are dropping also. After the superb marketing by Def Jam and Interscope, Jay does it again by promoting his album with the movie. The marketing is unbelievable.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Who gives a fuck about marketing other than marketers!?!

    Kingdome Come had Budweiser behind it. And?!?

    I’m tired of people talking about marketing schemes and album sales as if those things make music better. In my book, it’s all about the music, the beats and the rhymes. That is where you find a good album, never in the tchotkes or bobblehead giveaways.

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    jay coming out with another album *****yawn*****

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Billy,

    Wu-Tang is droppin Nov 13th.

  • BIZZLE

    JAYS WORST IS STILL BETTER THAN 99% OF THESE CLOWNS OUT NOW…JAY Z IS THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE PERIOD. NOBODY CAN TOUCH HIM..WHAT RAPPER CAN GO ALBUM FOR ALBUM WITH JAY? NOBODY

  • BIZZLE

    AND NAS IS STILL EASILY ONE OF THE BEST MC’S OF ALL TIME.

  • Calibud

    Get the old crew? Jump back in the Lex?? Man this is how cats get the old-head title. Stuck in the past not willing to move forward.

  • freak show

    fuck all these other rap cds. niggas is sleepin on chamillionaire and i copped that shit on tuesday. shit is straight fire and by far the best album of 07. kanye is a very very close second. cham came hard on this shit and everyone needs a copy of it

  • these posts are racist

    “In my book, it’s all about the music, the beats and the rhymes.”

    Its not that black and white. People’s brains and they way they interpret things and respond to things are more complicated than that. Your likes, dislikes, desires, etc. are influenced by marketing, commericals, etc. a lot more than you know.

    Companies spend billions on marketing, because it works.

  • Fire

    “Bro I cant believe you said Kingdom Come tarnished Jay’s legacy! That’s crazy. That was one of the best albums of 2006! Sold 700,000 first week! How could you say that tarnished his career.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    It tarnished his career because it was the first album he made that many considered to be a shit sandwich. Sales don’t make an album good. I’m a HUGE Jay fan, but Kingdom Come was straight garbage. Hope this album is much different lyrically and musically. It’s not that I minded what he talked about, just how he talked about it.

    “That last Nas album was trash. Having Kelis on that album really made me lose respect for that dude! So you keep waiting for December for another Nas flop by yourself!”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    If by flop you mean good album with awesome beats and lyrics, then yes. Nas is one of the best MCs ever and always spits fire. You’re gonna let one appearance get you mad? Wow.

    In terms of quality:
    Hip Hop Is Dead>Kingdom Come by a longshot!

  • Ryan

    I bought Kingdom Come just to wipe my ass with the booklet. That shit was pure trash, Jay hasn’t made a complete album since Reasonable Doubt. He’s made good songs, but no end to end burners since then.

  • Ryan

    I bought Kingdom Come just to wipe my ass with the booklet. That shit was pure trash, Jay hasn’t made a complete album since Reasonable Doubt. He’s made good songs, but no end to end burners since then.

  • Moniker

    Yeah Ryan cause The Blueprint was trash, get the fuck out. Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and the Black Album were all solid as fuck. 2 classics and 1 very good album = The Best Rapper Alive

  • LaFaye

    TPAR,

    You are right. Marketing does influence the market, but I also c/s Billy. People with enough knowledge and intelligence, for the most part recognize. And I know I recognize that just because an album sold a gazillion copies in its first week does not mean it’s any good and anyone who believes otherwise is truly a naive fool.

    I haven’t bought 50 (and I wont) because IMO, he’ll never get any better than GRODT. Brought Kingdom Come because I am a Jay fan and wanted to hear what he was offering. A couple of really good songs; a great album, not so much.

    Let’s not delude ourselves about what’s really going on out there. If you’re a true HH head, you know what you’re going to buy before all the marketing bullshit even hits you.

    Good post Billy.

  • MEMPHIS TN

    YOU GO 0 FOR EVERYTHING, IM 6 FOR 6….YOUNG!!!
    GET’EM HOV!!!!

    WHAT U SAY BIZZLE?
    “JAYS WORST IS STILL BETTER THAN 99% OF THESE CLOWNS OUT NOW…JAY Z IS THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE PERIOD. NOBODY CAN TOUCH HIM..WHAT RAPPER CAN GO ALBUM FOR ALBUM WITH JAY? NOBODY”….HE’S RIGHT!!

  • John Brown

    If album sales makes a album good or great like some of you jerk-offs say it does. Then that does mean that Illmatic & Reasonable Doubt arent timeless CD? GTFOH with that bullshit statement. Anyone that says “Numbers dont lie” is living in denial.

  • It’s Me Bitches!

    Niggaz need 2 stop hatin’! If it wasn’t 4 Jay the so called “Best Rapper Alive” wouldn’t have a style 2 call his own. Nuff said.

  • smog

    2007 is winding up to look like the greatest year in Hip-Hop evar, not including the previous thirty years
    that shit was funny
    whatever man concept album and yeah bring dame back

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    *throws up diamond*

    smh @ ur pac love/hate raltionship

  • Blackman

    yo u been in the zone the last couple o weeks..good blog “Does Amil still have a cellphone?” dats fukked up but so true…and wassup wit dissin pac and the nosering, dats the 2nd time i heard a pac diss today, dont disrespect the dead! r.i.p. to the man who really lived and died for hiphop..uno

  • SUPREME BLACKMAN

    What’s up Faggot Sunday? Still love yourself some TUPAC don’t you. When will stop wishing you were that man and let him RIP. First, you need to know thyself. You constantly hate and talk down on that talented brother because you wish you were him or had qualities comparable to what PAC had when he was alive. Grow the fuck up punk and get you own identity. Every other blog u mention PAC.
    You faggot ass, Eddie Murphy acting gay in Boomerang ass. Yeah that’s you with Johnny Gill and Kanye West on top you fruitcake.

  • DETROIT

    Moniker Says “2 classic albums + 1 very good album = best rapper alive”

    how bout ice cube, is he dead? Amerikkkas Most Wanted + Death Certificate = Classics….Predator=very good album….and oh yea, how bout str8 outta compton. Niggas need to do their research before they start crowning niggas. When pac and big were alive, no one even considered jay the 3rd best rapper, but now he’s the goat?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    I used to be the biggest Cube stan on the planet, but he ain’t made a good movie in a minute, fuck a good album.

    A lot of y’all niggas is letting your bitchmade side come through. Where did I take a shot at Tupac on this drop? Read this shit again and then shut the fuck up. Y’all niggas must be wearing bras and panties under your white tees.

  • Incilin

    “Dame certainly owes Jay a favor since Jay allegedly got his ass out of hock with all of those back taxes difficulties.”

    ^^ Your the only person I’ve ever seen say this. I neva heard that anywhere else.

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    billy still has bols cock on lock in his mouth i see u still sparyin ur bullshit billy boy.ur a fuckin bitch dissin on 2pac niggas a fuckin legend if pac was still alive i doubt a wack motherfucker like u would even be wrightin blogs about hiphop.billy keep tha cock on lock in ur mouh and shut tha fuck up.

  • thoreauly77

    aquilogy= the science of being present, but not first.

    billy- funny post and sorta random, but i see what it is, i just wonder whther or not jay or nas should be considered the saviors of an art. not in a single other medium is an established artist considered it’s savior, rather we look to its original personalities and youngins for the newness; the thing that is lacking is the reverence for the trailblazers. i wonder how many people were talking shit about how nirvana fell of with “in utero”? i don’t know, but it is an interesting question.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=13916 WritersBlock

    lupes suppose to drop in November too

  • Cuban Link

    I thought you were talking about Ja Rule at the end

    Oh wait…

  • Ryan

    Moniker Says:

    September 20th, 2007 at 11:26 am
    Yeah Ryan cause The Blueprint was trash, get the fuck out. Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and the Black Album were all solid as fuck. 2 classics and 1 very good album = The Best Rapper Alive
    ^^^^
    The black album wasn’t really that good…at all…….the Blueprint had some good tracks but wasn’t a complete ALBUM, you know an entire CD that you can play from end to end with little to no fast forwarding (word to cassettes and having to fast forward/rewind them all the time, fuck skipping tracks or double clicking them on itunes).

  • Eminem Murdered Him on His Own Shit

    BIZZLE Says:

    September 20th, 2007 at 10:09 am
    JAYS WORST IS STILL BETTER THAN 99% OF THESE CLOWNS OUT NOW…JAY Z IS THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE PERIOD. NOBODY CAN TOUCH HIM..WHAT RAPPER CAN GO ALBUM FOR ALBUM WITH JAY? NOBODY

  • 1st Time Commenter, Steve Byrd

    Billy X. Sunday Says:

    September 20th, 2007 at 1:33 pm
    I used to be the biggest Cube stan on the planet, but he ain’t made a good movie in a minute, fuck a good album.

    A lot of y’all niggas is letting your bitchmade side come through. Where did I take a shot at Tupac on this drop? Read this shit again and then shut the fuck up. Y’all niggas must be wearing bras and panties under your white tees.
    ^^
    Oh, this coming from the biggest bitchmade coward on the planet? You dont even let anyone have their opinion, you cry like a bitch when anyone ethers you. You call them bitchmade and cowards for having an opinion. You erase posts, you get in spats with your co-workers, you get exposed by that “Exposer” guy and you had a fuckin hissy fit and you erased all his shit, yeah I saw that. You called EReal a coward a few posts ago, for saying “Dallas” in his post and made some batman refrence, how the fuck old are you? Bruh, I been reading your shit for a long time. I never comment, I usually just skim thru, But I have to say something now. You really need to kick your heels off and quit taking this shit so seriously, ITS A BLOG. Anyone can see by reading daily how much of a pussy ass hoe you are about comments. You’ll probably erase this one. You knew that Pac comment was gonna get certin people (You call them “stans”) riled up and pissed, and then you turn around and call them bitchmade for doing so? You called Noz a coward for exposing you and calling you “Dallas” but you didnt bug out on Eskay for posting that “Internets Celebrities” video. You are the coward, and you are the bithcmade, not any of these posters, get over yourself, you’re not that important.

    Peace. Driver, to the East.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Cuban Link Says:

    September 20th, 2007 at 7:20 pm
    I thought you were talking about Ja Rule at the end

    Oh wait…
    ^^
    Best Comment in this thread.

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    This dude is a complete dick-minus the balls,cuz if he had any he would know better than to insult the one man that ETHERD any NY mc that went against him,I’m gettin tired of the sneak disses this is some bullshit,I could’ve sworn my man died like 10yrs ago and this bitch,thats right bitch I said it,this bitch is always bringing up The Don like a fuckin groupie,look tell the truth did cuz smash you or your fav rapper,Oh I know you was one of those reporters that Pac was spittin on when he had on the Red Wings jersey in NY huh?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Byrdbrain Steve,
    I’m embarrassed for you homey that your first comment on one of my drops has you coming into the game something like a bitch.

    I’m embarrassed for you that you didn’t have any male figure in your life to review your comment and tell you that you were a bitchmade ho. You are worse than a faggot and thats pretty bad.

    Even tho’ I’m several drops removed from this thread I thought I’d come back to check on the Tupac dickriders and lo and behold, your bitchmade ho ass shows up. You were trying to come in under the radar I suppose. Just like a bitch undercover.

    Your comment will remain Byrdbrain Steve as a beacon to all the other bitchmade faggot ass ho’s how NOT to introduce themselves into these forums.

    Go back to carrying your momma’s purse bitch.