No Forever Freestyles Please

Dear Rapper,

I just wanted to send you this letter. I know shit is hard out here, seems like there are more MCs than ever and fewer outlets for you to actually be heard. I encourage you to be the best that you can be. I only want you to win. It kills me when folks talk about the decline of hip-hop and how the new generation of MCs aren’t as dope as they previous era. I don’t buy that, I try to support and do my part to help cultivate the next crop of artists. Rob the Music Ed cares if don’t nobody else care. Still on this day, Thursday August 27, I do have to make one simple request: Please NO “FOREVER” FREESTYLES!

Last night while I was out listening to the Kid CuDi album (Plain Pat what up?!?), the most exciting song of 2009 leaked. Seemingly out of nowhere, Drake released “Forever” featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem. We can argue all day about who had the best verse; right now I think Em got it, but my opinion may change because the truth is they all came off. With that being said, I don’t want this particular moment tainted with 500 “Forever” freestyles. It’s not that I’m hating, I’m just saying, let’s let this one live. I fully appreciated last year’s “A Milli” movement, it seems like everyone touched that beat and it was dope because we all posted up by the blogs downloading every single version.

But today, in regards to “Forever” let’s all just act like fans again. Don’t try to rap over this beat, because the truth is no one was trying to freestyle over the original version when it just featured Wayne and Nut the Kid. Please my ears beg you. Thanks. Good talk! – Rob The Music Ed

  • Brahsef

    Agreed. Drake just got cosigned to the fullest on that track.

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      • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

        LMAO! Matt you crazy dawg! But I’ma have to try that when I get the the crib.

        Even though hundreds and millions of rappers jumping on the same beat ans watering it down is pretty lame, I have to say that Evidence’s freestyle on the A Milli track goes hard! Haven’t heard the Forever track yet though

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    Good call…now freestyles come out so quick that the original artist doesn’t even get to shine on the beat before 100 other rappers hop on it. I think it really started to happen with the “Benjamins” beat…

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

      Pierzy whaddup?!

      Don’t forget that M.I.A. Song “Planes” or whatever it was called. Probably “remixed” just as many times as “A Milli”.

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        My man 50 Grads…

        Yeah, “Paper Planes” turned into “Swagger Like Us,” which turned into 100 freestyles.

        What about the first beat that this really happened with? “Benjamins”? Actually, maybe “Shook Ones pt. II.” I don’t know…

        • Silly Willy

          How about Flava in Ya Ear ?

  • Young History in the Making

    Well its gon happen rob….its gon happen just like “swagger like us” flows and “a milli” flows popped up…all we can do is just accept it..

  • AZ40

    For me ‘ye killed it then wayne then em(he didn’t really seem to fit on the overall cohesiveness of the song; but he did kill it),and finally drake. good song

    • Sincere

      I had it EM > Ye > Drake > Weezy but who cares everyone went in so I’m happy.

  • Silly Willy

    You right on the money, Rob !!

    And Em got the munchies……..

  • Ric Sherk

    yo soulja boy – turn my swag on freestyles were dope especially young jeezy`s

  • Moi

    THAT SONG IS TERRIBLE. IF THIS IS HIP HOP, THEN HIP HOP IS DEAD. kanye, wayne, eminem, drake . . . yeah right compare that to the juice crew or something. drake (or was that kanye or wayne?) was even off beat. TODAY’S MCs suck so hard. And rob, Fab is a lyricist too? Cassidy? Joe Budden? Jeezy? Joell Ortiz is the only lyricist of recent memory who could hang during the golden eras.

    • Rob the Music Ed

      “Joell is the only lyricist in recent memory who could hang during the golden eras?”

      So Elzhi, Lupe, the whole Slaughterhouse, Naledge and Blu ain’t shit huh?
      Please stop living in the past.

      • Moi

        yeah, you might be right lol. you never had a bad morning?

  • http://www.blizzyblack.com FMGTV247

    i agree on this one! we dont need to hear anyone de-grade the track. it sounds good just how it is.

  • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    I plan to body this track with a freestyle. I hope to be back in the studio this weekend with my boyfriend and I will upload the video on youtube.

    So check out Federal Ranga’s “Forever Freestyle” at http://www.youtube.com/federalranga

  • Nice

    “Moi” shutup, dont bring that old man talk about “todays MCs suck” bla bla bla. “Hip Hop is dead” bla bla bla. Accept it.. Be Thankful Gucci Bandana isnt replacing this song with Soulja boy, Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman…Brother it can be a lot worse. This shit is good.

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    Yep, Drake done got co’d by Jay-z, Kanye, Wayne, and now EM. So…… are people still going to hate on him ? The boy is far from trash I might add.

  • Gloveson

    I’m not sure bout this track,

    i’ll admitt that i’m a Stan to Em and Ye both, but i feel that they could hav done alot more with this line up on a track, it jus seems like this song is all over the place and thrown together at the last minute…….

    don’t get me wrong, i feel like Em kills his verse, but i expected that, i’m sure everyone did too…..

    i don’t know, maybe i jus expected something better when i heard that there was a track featuring these 4, anyone feel the same?

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    Yo Fed Ranga, why this weirdo hop on your dick so crazy? Nigga been spending mad time trying to disrespect you for the last two weeks. Screen name clones need to fall back asap. That shit is beyond gay.

    • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

      “That shit is beyond gay.”

      That is precisely the point. Have you not seen the vlogs. I am trying to continue to promote this for hip hop gay awareness week. I realize your frustration of not having some nigga on your dick, but your time will come my friend.

      http://www.youtube.com/federalranga

    • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

      @ Mutada

      Thanks for recognizing real, my nigga.

      To my clone… you can keep taking shots, I won’t stop doing what I do… Thanks for the promo though. I guess there’s some use for you after all. For the record… if I do any type of music it’ll appear on my myspace page, stupid. Chuuuuch.

      E7 up! youtube.com/federalranga
      Death of Bullshit on the myspace! Myspace.com/federalranga

      Commission!!!

      Grand$, P, $yk, what up!!!

      • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

        “you can keep taking shots, I won’t stop doing what I do… Thanks for the promo though.”

        Don’t you get it nigga? I don’t want you to stop. Keep doin what your doin cuz that shit is comedy gold my nigga. My bad on not promotin the myspace shit cuz that is mad funny too. I’m still tryin to get them to post some of your shit on funnyordie.com in the favorites section. Shit we gettin close with that “Turn My Rap On” shit. Hopefully by next week that will be in the favorites section and get the promo up for the others. Gay hip hop.

        http://www.youtube.com/federalranga
        http://www.myspace.com/federalranga

        Hit both em up and lets keep this new movement up to bring awareness to hip hop culture from the gay community

  • ?

    Em killed his verse and the whole goddamn song nuff said…

  • http://xxl All Dae

    tru tru to the whole post.

  • chillin mayne

    caint say that ive herd it yet, but Moi, joell ortiz is THE TRUTH…altough i disagree with the rest of your statement, theres plenty out there that gets buck on the beat…talib, chino xl, pharoahoe monch(sickness) slaughterhouse, chamillionaire(somewhat)… just to mention the top cats im jammin on lately..

    leave this beat alone tho…caint stand when dudes water down a popular track, go in on something hot that you like that no ones been on before…

  • toneone

    only ppl i wanna hear over this are jay and slaughterhouse

  • capcobra

    kanye punchlines was kinda weak..weezy went tuffer on the original..and drake and marshall did they thang…they shoulda threw fab and game on there.

  • General

    Rob you lost me yesterday with your defense of Bleek, but you got it right with this one. I was so sick of hearing every rapper on the nets posting their a milli freestyles and “paper planes freestyles”. I know its still gonna happen, but it would be nice if these cats would just spit over original tracks. Hell, you can download beats for free these days

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Can’t front, that line-up sounds pretty good on paper. Now, to go & listen…

  • BOSS D.R.E.

    I’m sorry. But there’s no way in hell that me or anybody else can stay off this beat. It goes hard!

  • RELAPSE 2!

    Dude, compared to Eminem you seriously think they all came off???? No way do you hear Eminem’s rhyme schemes on that shit….His word play is just out of this world and his style is switching every couple lines….He made them all look worse than he did to Jay-z on Renegade….PEACE! RELAPSE 2 HERE WE GO!!!!!!

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    The biggest problem in hip hop is not auto tune, or wack verses, or too much singing, or whatever, its the same problem as it was in 95; too many shark biters. I completely agree with this post, but we both know a million Forever Freestyles will be out by the end of the week. Dudes need to get they own styles and they own beats. smh.

  • GIBZ

    I like how Berg says “what really bothered me was how the whole thing was just dragged out”

    lmaoooo thats what bothered u berg?? just that?? The fact that this man smacked you dont bother u? lmaooo what a clown this kid is.

  • GIBZ

    I like how Berg says “what really bothered me was how the whole thing was just dragged out”

    lmaoooo thats what bothered u berg?? just that?? The fact that this man smacked you dont bother u? lmaooo what a clown this kid is.

  • vhingrhamesonyo’momma

    co-sign the whole post. the oiginal>>>>new “forever”

  • hiphop fan

    I feel u on the no freestyles & letting this song live….

    But lets be real!! LoL that is a wish not a request…

    Like u said there is too many rappers in a small outlet…

    THAT BEING SAID IF I COULD REQUEST ANY RAPPERS TO DO A FREESTYLE OVER THIS SONG IT WOULD BE

    ***SLAUGHTERHOUSE***

  • Escobar9300

    Man all of this gushing over Dr(f)ake is more nausiating than Chloe Kardashian in a 2 peice getting her eagle on. I don’t care if that bitch Dr(f)ake stands in front of a mirror, says biggie smalls 3 times and gets Co-Signed by Big Poppa himself, nothing will convince me that this Dr(f)ake fool is anything other than straight up trash. You want new blood in hip-hop? Put on an Ace Hood record. Atleast you can tell that dude is hungry. This pretty boy Dr(f)ake just stumbled into one of Waynes Promaethezine Blunt sessions and found his way under that junkies wing. Then tried his hardest to be Kanye West but forgot to bring lyricism to the table. Once and for all, Dr(f)ake is nothing more than a pre-teen sitcom star. PERIOD.

    • Redd

      Nigga, stop hating.

  • Sermon

    Too late someone cat already did name prezzure but he did go in. I hope not every wannabe rapper tries to rock on it

  • BOSS D.R.E.

    Escobar9300 says:
    Man all of this gushing over Dr(f)ake is more nausiating than Chloe Kardashian in a 2 peice getting her eagle on. I don’t care if that bitch Dr(f)ake stands in front of a mirror, says biggie smalls 3 times and gets Co-Signed by Big Poppa himself, nothing will convince me that this Dr(f)ake fool is anything other than straight up trash. You want new blood in hip-hop? Put on an Ace Hood record. Atleast you can tell that dude is hungry. This pretty boy Dr(f)ake just stumbled into one of Waynes Promaethezine Blunt sessions and found his way under that junkies wing. Then tried his hardest to be Kanye West but forgot to bring lyricism to the table. Once and for all, Dr(f)ake is nothing more than a pre-teen sitcom star. PERIOD.

    Co-sign!

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Hey Rob get on the phone quick & in4m ur dear XXL staff that ‘Ye,Drizzy&Wizzy just got eat up in a track by a monster Em….haaa just playin’ they all came off.

  • miltee

    slaughterhouse would destroy this beat.

    ye, weezy, em and drake all did their thing … but slaughterhouse can easily add another 4 verses on this shit and you’d have even more doubt on who killed it the hardest.

  • 4serious

    “the most exciting song of 2009 leaked” Are you fucking serious? Please, xxl staff.. fire yourselves, with a statement like that you’re not qualified to speak anything on Hip Hop. Well, real hip hop anyways :/ You guys seems right at home with this lame ass shit they pass off nowadays though .. : sigh :

  • BigCityGzZy

    I Got a dope freestyle 2 that ‘Forever’ beat im bout 2 drop and change the universe with!!

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  • Mardi Graz

    Royce bodied this shit beyond recognition….