G. Dep is the King of Harlem? Since when?

This for my niggas tho. “Special Delivery” it is not.

This video is a solemn cry for help. This is that Eddie Kane Five Heartbeats moment where he busts out the old routine in the alley and wholeheartedly reaffirms his manhood.

“I been rappin every day. I’m back, baby… Aight. Well, fuck you then! Can’t nobody get your wrists all glittery like G. Motherfuckin’ Dep!”

For those who don’t remember the Harlem Shake Delivery Man, his two turn of the century hits “Let’s Get It” and “Special Delivery”–two and a half if you count the Special Delivery Remix–injected life and jiggle into a deflated Harlem scene. Dep’s unorthodox delivery and distinctively clever wordplay had people checking for a Bad Boy release for the first time since…

Since…

I don’t know. Child of the Ghetto was my first Bad Boy purchase since Harlem World.

After enjoying a nice tenure on the 106 & Park crapsicle leaderboard, Dep would hand the Uptown baton to the curious Pink Tee Posse. Actually, he’d crack out and go to jail without passing “Go” or collecting any of his royalties. That’s more akin to running at full speed, slipping on a banana peel, landing in a flaming trash can on an AIDS-infected syringe and dropping the baton onto a gutter storm drain to be serendipitously discovered by the Pink Tee Posse.

Yeah, that’s it.

“King of Harlem,” Dep’s still-got-the-scent-of-the-box-on-it clip implies he’s back atop a throne he’s never sat in. If such a man defines Harlem royalty, I’m ashamed to be a loyal subject. Big L’s hovering ghost–who still haunts the townspeople with punchlines–will always carry more weight than Dep. Clearly, I mean that figuratively. No one carries more weight than The Deputy.

This cut’s got a lot of bird flippin talk going on for a wop head. If I were a distributor of fine narcotic goods I wouldn’t let this nigga anywhere near my package. Neither would you, unless you want to see a brick with a noseprint in it–and no money–come collection day.

One would think the king of a place as big as Harlem would have access to a better camera. I can’t even pay attention to the track when I’m looking at this cameraphone visual. It’s like the screenplay reads “King of Harlem, directed by: Pookie, filmed on: T-Mobile Sidekick 3.”

You gotta register yourself as a sex offender with a moustache like that. I don’t care if you didn’t touch any kids–though hanging out with Black Rob in Spanish Harlem, you probably have. I want a bulletin informing me that you live within a 15-mile radius of where I send my little Mexicans to school.

This nigga is the king of wet and that’s about it. Oh, don’t act like I’m airing out some shit Harlem niggas don’t already discuss freely whenever this nigga name come up. They make G. Dep sherm jokes all the way up in Colonial. His reputation for having an insatiable thirst for that water-water reverberated from the East Side and ultimately landed him in the pokey.

Negro, please. King of Harlem? Fiends enter the spot through the back door if at all. Dep best express a little more humility fresh out the damn halfway house. This nigga very easily could have been a cast member on Halfway Home. I do hope he’s got his shit together this time. He was Harlem’s best hope seven long years ago. Maybe this time he can hang around a bit, but he’s far from king of anything with a track and video like this.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Still believe that Harlem Shake contest you won makes you royalty? ron@ronmexicocity.com

P.S.: Halfway Home is fuckin hilarious. R.I.P.

  • Justice4All

    Bing! Nail on the head, nail in the coffin.

  • capcobra

    harlem rappers are the worst…they come thru with swagger.lingo.fashion.goons.jewelry.etc and then they always fall the fuck off….kool moe dee.rob base.mcgruff.black rob.dipset.wrecks n effect.queen pen.chicken noodle soup girl.poster boy.mase.etc…i could keep on going…but my point is..at one point in time all these people possessed the potential and power to change the game and be legendary…instead they fell off or just dissappeared….now if that’s the harlem standard…then hell yeah…g.dep is the king of harlem…..lmao..good job on this one champ!!!…”too much funny shit to start quoting”….gone

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      damn. i never looked at it that way.

      he is a harlem king in a sense. thanks.

      • http://www.prettypancakes.com amar

        uh…but this guy never really…fell ON. If all you need to be harlem king is to not fall off, then I guess Jim Jones is…pretty much as close as it gets. That’s a scary thought…

        http://www.prettypancakes.com

    • Leo

      lmao…G-dep is the king of Harlem Fall-Offs niiiiiice…sit on that chair and roc that crown…

  • that nigga

    This cut’s got a lot of bird flippin talk going on for a wop head. If I were a distributor of fine narcotic goods I wouldn’t let this nigga anywhere near my package. Neither would you, unless you want to see a brick with a noseprint in it–and no money–come collection day.

    One would think the king of a place as big as Harlem would have access to a better camera. I can’t even pay attention to the track when I’m looking at this cameraphone visual. It’s like the screenplay reads “King of Harlem, directed by: Pookie, filmed on: T-Mobile Sidekick 3.”
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHA
    AJAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

  • El Tico Loco

    Camron could’ve been to Big L, what Jay Z is to Biggie and fucked it all the fuck up runnin his mouth instead of his business. Immortal Tech is good contender over Jim Jones if the industry begins to think outside the box.

  • FLIP

    The craziest part about the video to me is that rhyme-wise, he hasn’t even lost a step.

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com ron mexico

      nope. they say that’s the last thing to go.

    • that nigga

      Yeah, I said the sme thing. Better than that Dip Shit!

  • giantstepp

    Shots Fired!!! Damn, Ron Mex you went at the ole boy.

    “One would think the king of a place as big as Harlem would have access to a better camera. I can’t even pay attention to the track when I’m looking at this cameraphone visual. It’s like the screenplay reads “King of Harlem, directed by: Pookie, filmed on: T-Mobile Sidekick 3.”

    Classic shit Ron. You aint anywhere near Harlem, are you?

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com ron mexico

      hahahaa. i be in the hood e’y day, as the rapsters say.

  • Lowedwn

    LMAO…..Man, I was G.Dep fan too. He had a crazy style and unique flow. That Five Heartbeats shit had me busting up though. I can see that shit on some making the band type shit, lol. Harve Pierre shaking Dep up like Dresser did Eddie “…this ain’t bout that, it’s about them damn drugs…”, lmao.

    CapCobra had it right though, it’s like Hrlem has a Big L curse or something, you can reach that point of superstardom, then it all tumbles downhill. i remember when I heard bout Black Rob sticking up banks n shit, wild.

  • http://xxlmag.com jmill1224

    Harlem = the Clippers of this rap. Might make it to the playoffs once every 10 years.
    Go one again Mex,

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com ron mexico

      we ARE the clips, aren’t we? :(

  • BIGNAT

    “This cut’s got a lot of bird flippin talk going on for a wop head. If I were a distributor of fine narcotic goods I wouldn’t let this nigga anywhere near my package. Neither would you, unless you want to see a brick with a noseprint in it–and no money–come collection day”

    OH MAN IT’S LIKE POST AFTER POST YOU KEEP COMING UP WITH MORE FUNNIER SHIT TO SAY. ALSO THAT CHILD OF THE GHETTO SONG THAT WAS G-DEP’S RIGHT? HE GETS NO LOVE FOR THE Special Delivery Remix GHOSTFACE MURDERED THAT SONG IT WAS REALLY NO REASON TO LISTEN AFTER HIS VERSE.

  • DV8

    I don’t know. Child of the Ghetto was my first Bad Boy purchase since Harlem World.

    Really? So you didnt get Black Robs 1st joint? If BR was able to abandon his criminal ways he wouldve been King of Harlem for real. That sucks Harlems best rapper is probably still locked up while these clowns run around making Harlem look bad. Lets hope Cam’ron can salvage whats left of his career and finish strong.

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com ron mexico

      i had life story… but i didn’t purchase it. i was being techincal. haha.

      dame ‘spacioooooooooo!

      robbie-o had a chance to take the crown. it’s true. i really hoped rob and dep could rep us correct.

    • BIGNAT

      NAH BLACK ROB WENT BACK TO ROBBING BECAUSE HIS SICKNESS DRAINED ALL HIS FUNDS. HE HAD SOME KIDNEY PROBLEMS OR SOME SHIT LIKE THAT AND NEEDED CASH TO TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF. YOU KNOW THEM DIDDY CONTRACTS JUST LET YOU LOOK RICH HAHAHAHHA

  • Dub Sac

    To give credit where credit is due, for such a low-budget video, they actually get the video to synch up with the song for more than two seconds at a time. I thought that went out of fashion at the turn of the century the way videos be cutting so fast these days…

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com ron mexico

      oh shit. hahahahaha. i laughed out loud for like 5 minutes. so true.

      it’s so cold in the d.

      • Dub Sac

        i laughed out loud for like 5 minutes.

        Glad to return the favor, Mex.

  • blackcaesar

    Damn Mex, no room for alpa chino or ham hocks and collard greens? LOL Funny shit but I guess I am witnessin’ the end of the Tropic Thunder run….

  • KF UK

    I only have to hear “its so cold in the D”

    and man im laffin for ages, sorry but that shit is the fucking jokest wakest shit ever…

    but i digress..

    yo “That’s more akin to running at full speed, slipping on a banana peel, landing in a flaming trash can on an AIDS-infected syringe”

    do you know how many rappers i wish this happened to?!?

    on point again Mex. Keep making dumb rappers look dumber and puttin fools in they place. oh and making me laff

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    G Dep and Black Rob, both they have to make a duo album. My favorites of “Bad Boy” after BIG.

  • BxRa

    See Mex THIS shit was great shit. The PEDOPHILE line…classic. Cuz Dep’s moustache…we not gon’ even talk about it. But you were right, his flow and delivery combined with his wordplay was some out of this world shit (hence why he could only produce it on loveboat/sherman helmsley). It’s fucked up but some of the best NEED that WORK to produce at 1000 rpm’s (rhymes per min), I mean shiiiiit look at 36 Chambers/Tical when Meth was dustin…

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