So Complex made a list of the 5 worst Jay-Z tracks and we here at Pardon Me Duke don’t agree. I took personal offense because “Justify My Thug” and “30 Something” actually receive high marks in my ipod. I thought maybe they didn’t get the concept of the track and reading the excerpt I was right.
1st the defense
Justify my thug – Produced by DJ Quick with a Madonna influenced chorus. OK, The sound of that comes off a little moist but Jigga man made the best of what he was given. Racking his Harvard brain, Professor Z trys to reach his pupils with words of wisdom. He justifies his thug with everything but ignorance-yet the concepts used are ones that lead young black youth (thugs) to street life. The song is ingenious and for it to have been on the list is just blasphemy! Yes the beat wasn’t classic shit but Jay-z’s rhyme technique and his ability to squeeze in bars; incredible! That makes whomever collaborated to make that list….incredible. Guess The Great Hova was right. “I make “Big Pimpin” or “Give It 2 Me”, one of those ya’ll hail me as the greatest writer of the 21st Century. I make some thought-provoking shit ya’ll question whether he falling off”
30 something – This track was Jay addressing the hate. He often does this and real nigga’s often wonder why he takes time out of his day to this. Me, Hymn, personaly I love it! Call me what you must but sometimes you gotta let the hater in the peanut gallery know that you feel him. So what his seats are in the nose bleeds, he’ll never be shit or have shit? He’s the reason you strive to drop 81, win a gold medal and gain your 4th ring. You want him to hate that he loves you. You need him to hate that he loves you. This thought makes you sleep well at night. Anyway Hov was addressing the constant criticism of his age. Yea he’s 30 something but he’s still hot. Hotter than you in your 20′s airgo 30 is the new 20. He wasn’t really saying that, though I’m sure he would like to reclaim his youth, he was shitting on Jim Jones, Cam’ron, 50 and whoever wants to call him Gray Hova. Makes me wonder if these dudes listen to rap or if they just skim through it.
Now for the real list!
5. American Gangster-Success
Why is this corny, because even though it was produced by Jermaine Dupri with No I.D. and a guest spot by Nas; It wasn’t even mediocre. Oh I failed to mention he recycled Eminem’s bars and this track still wasn’t mediocre! If it was mediocre this would have been hailed a hit. Its amazing that given the tracks credentials it didn’t pop and that’s why it makes the list at the number 5 spot. The credentials saved it from slipping-sorry boys all the tears in the world couldn’t bring this one back!
4. Blueprint 2-As One
I agreed with this selection and the given spot. ‘AS ONE’ was a Dame move, enough said.
3. Unfinished Business-The Return
This was the worst Jay-z & R.Kelly collaboration I’ve ever heard and far worse than anything Jay & B put out. That remains factual because I’ve never listened to Unfinished Business in its entirety. Terrible, terrible record for a terrible, terrible album. Chains is cool to cop but more important is lawyer fees. Gotta get outta those bad contracts young’n or this happens.
2. & 1. In no particular order.
Fuck All Nite
Parking Lot Pimpin
Are these tracks serious? Its the worst showing imaginable by arguably the greatest of all time. Biggie never had a chance to fall off so that argument will never be fair. Those 2 tracks are reasons why anyone alive has an argument at all.
Check Complex’s LAAAAAME! spot out.
4 Responses to “Simply Jay-Z’s 5 Worst Tracks”
September 2nd, 2009 at 11:49 pm
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S. Mathis Says:
September 4th, 2009 at 9:47 am
1) ’30 SOMETHING’ is a hot song. You can replace that one with ‘THE CITY IS MINE’ from Volume 1. I still hate that song – BIGGIE tribute and all.
2) ‘FUCK ALL NITE’ is hot – you better go check that one again: “…I had to laugh for a second / I had to check my self / get my mackin back in perspective / I slacked for a second / but I’m back no question / like I walk with a cane / aint no half steppin / and on that note Iceberg Slim is back to rock her boat…” Take this one off the list and add ‘GUN’s & ROSES’. That was a nonsense collaboration.
3) ‘PARKING LOT PIMPIN’ great beat, sounds beautiful on the car speakers – you buggin on this one – remove this one from the list and add ‘ALWAYS BE MY SUNSHINE’.
September 6th, 2009 at 4:44 pm
I like Fuck all night and parking lot pimpin. I hate dec 4, I don’t want to hear your mother Hov.
L king Says:
September 7th, 2009 at 5:33 am
Great post, i agree with those track choices
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