Do You Remember?

“Learn the words, you might sing this.”—Chuck D

Ok it’s Jadakiss time. The jaded worker. Damn dude almost got a pass but I’m only a third of the way through with my mission and I gotta touch on things that are stuck in my head. I can’t believe the stunt he pulled at the Hammerstein ballroom show awhile back. I still ain’t over it. Nigga, what is your song? Knock Yourself Out? Why? No! Maybe you don’t have one. And if they don’t have your record you know what you should do. Freestyle! Which means kick one of your pre-written rhymes to no track. Acapulco! You don’t grandstand. It’s not your show!

Then a coupla days later, the Net’s hero Nas fumbles the ball too on some Eric Dickerson shit. Why are you coming to the Apollo if you don’t know the words to “Success”? And why can’t the vocals in the background help you remember? Here’s the thing if you forgot the words why don’t you go back and listen to the record. Relearn it. Especially if you know you need to perform it. Come prepared or stay home.

Oh, they lather in mediocrity. Word to Steve Stoute.

In the ego trip book of rap lists, we named KRS-One the G.O.A.T. and part of why he won the crown back then was his live prowess. Hip-hop started in the park. The live performance. Rocking the mic with the crowd in front of you. Throw your hands in the air like Cowboy said. The bom-digi-bom-di-dang-dang-P-diddy-diddy shit! Today’s MC’s don’t give a flying fuck about tradition. People spend their dough and they want a show. There’s a reason you-know-who’s on top (I’m trying Robbie!). He used to suck live with a bulletproof vest on and now he’s bodied Busta for the title and I’m even gonna trek to Viva land to see him to do his 1-2 thing.

Sidebar: There are exceptions to the rule: Rakim always stunk up the joint live. But he’s at least the Older God. I was at his show at the Ritz when he came out and niggas immediately started lickin’ shots from the balcony (But somehow I believe that had lil to do with his performance. Ha!). Supposedly that night inspired Guru to write “Soliloquy of Chaos.”

I guess the people really want the Benzino bum rush/Nas cover burning true story. Alrighty then.

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  • j. africa

    word to big byrd!

    i went to a lupe concert and dude is horrible live. it was a fiasco to say the least (pun intended). it was because of his concert i never bought F&L …. i might cave in and at least download The Cool

    YN …. i double dogg dare you not to talk about Hov for the 24 blog-marathon.

  • cee dat

    What you think about Outkast please. Either that or say something about Rap-A-Lot having the best year this year quality wise

  • Juice Black

    Ha, now its gonna really start to get interesting… Gotta hear bout that benzino/nas ish..

    Something tells me the new year’s gonna be an interesting time for u bro, what with the feathers u bout to ruffle over the next 24 hours!

    Keep it up tho!

    “Cos I Can” music video UK/US premiere in January 2008

  • turnerclassicmovies

    stay up, YN.

    but: Kris is not the One, except for NYers who know no better. He’s got mad energy, but the GOAT in terms of skill? Nuff respect to ET, but come on, now.

    Seen Chuck D live? Run-DMC? Big Daddy K? Serch and Pete Nice? Even Jay is better than Kris. I wasn’t mad at Eminem at MSG. Or DMX at Staples Center.

  • DirtDogggy

    Damn Elliot your goin all in on the blogsphere, can’t say I dissagree with anything so far.

    Get your spiked eggnog and cranberry juice game up, tiz the season.

  • DirtDogggy

    yo, a big honorable mention to Kardinal Offical from T.O. dude goes in hard every live performance, like a young Busta if you don’t know.

  • ill G

    cosign that shit about rappers nowadays forgetting tradition…rock the fuckin crowd!! perfect example was jadakiss…u said exactly what i was thinkin…u forgot your words? oh shit they throw another song that u know the words too, but dont wanna perform…then just spit!! how many ppl in that audience would’ve went crazy with a freestyle acapella??he was prolly ‘poppin bottles” lol

  • Cinsere

    Nas is always fogetting his lyrics. I went to check The Roots at Radio City a couple years back, and Nas was a special guest. Dude couldn’t even remember how “The World is Yours” started! A few bars past when he was supposed to start and he was still “yeah…uh…yeah…uh.” Black Thought had to kick it off for him. *smh*

    Still my favorite MC though. I’ll take the best lyricist bumpin’ through my earphones over a lyrical bum like Wayne wylin’ on stage ANY day.

  • Robbie

    I have to admit that I’m impressed that you managed to restrain yourself for the first seven posts before the inevitable happened…

  • latino heat

    i never seen nas live, but my patna went to the show he did out here in san fransisco about 2 years ago and said the same shit. said he was hella drunk and kept apologizing for forgetting the lyrics. now that i know he does this all the time i think i’ll save my money next time he comes around. going to see saigon tonight, hope he can rip it live.

  • latino heat

    also, why didnt anybody mention method man and redman live. goddamn! i seen them at hardknock life and at a show with the outsidaz. i never seen weedheads with that much energy before. the show with the outsidaz was problly the best show i ever been to, outsidaz had crazy energy too. i wish they’d make a come back.

  • Jessi Dellapaolera

    Hello there, just meandered in. Interesting page. Thanks.