February 24, 2012 3 comments
It’s no secret, but rappers lie. They lie about how many women they sleep with. They lie about what those women look like. They lie about how many cars they drive. They lie about how much drugs they’ve sold. They lie about how tall they are. They lie about where they’re from. You name it, they make it up and try to convince you it’s real. Which is why it’s always refreshing to listen to rappers that come across as genuine. There are some rappers out there, such as Alley Boy and the rest of DTE, where you truly feel that they are simply rapping what they do on a day to day basis.
One of my favorite rappers is Jadakiss. He’s been profiled on this site before because of his love for car color metaphors, but he’s always one of the top in the rap game when it comes to wordplay. Alongside his LOX compadres, Jadakiss has had one of the longest, most illustrious careers in rap. Remember, he “did real songs with B.I.G., no made up” ones. That’s gotta stand for something, right?
One of my favorite Jadakiss songs happens to be “We Gonna Make It”, a song that has him and Styles P. tag-teaming an immaculate Alchemist beat. The Alchemist is one of the most underrated producers of all time, but I’ll save that for another blog. This post is only about the song, and notably the lyrics. I always laugh while reciting the lyrics “My bathtub lift, my walls doing 360s” because if you’ve followed the career of Jada you’ll know that he was in a long legal battle to acquire his publishing back from Sean “Diddy” Combs. If Jada didn’t even own his publishing, how could he afford raising bath tubs and spinning walls?
Bottom line is he can’t, but that kinda inspired this post. I’m going to go line by line throughout this classic song and rate each line on a scale of 0-2, with 0 being believable, 1 being a little white lie and 2 being “Angels in the Outfield” far-fetched. I’m talking Kadeem Hardison/Marlon Wayans “The Sixth Man” crazy. Shall we?
Fuck the frail shit
Cause when my coke come in they gotta use the scale that they weigh the whales with
2 – Whales weigh between 100-200 tons, which translates to around 300,000 pounds. Jadakiss was moving 300,000 pounds of cocaine at a time, and didn’t get arrested? That’s kinda farfetched.
Carlson’s on the jeep, Bugatti made the prototype
Hoped you’d get the picture but you just can’t photo light
0 – pretty standard fare in terms of bragging about cars, which theoretically they could have with all of that drug money.
Determined niggas make it
Kicking down the door and we burning niggas naked
0 – mean, but believable
The house costs a million, sitting on the beach
And the only thing I know: if it’s furnished I’mma take it
2 – If you’re buying a million dollar house already, why do you care if it’s furnished? And if you can afford a million dollar home, why are you threatening to push a refrigerator onto Puffy to get your publishing back?
My bathtub lift up, my walls do a 360
We got the shit that the government got
Talking money then you rubbing the spot
2 – Really Jada? Your bathtubs lift up? Your walls do a 360? And what exactly is it that the government has that you have also? I’m not buying it.
Real niggas say that they be wilding
We on the Cayman Islands
On a yacht with our favorite albums
1 – It’s not too farfetched to be in the Cayman Islands, but on a yacht Styles? So you bought a million dollar home and you still have money left over for a yacht off the Cayman Islands?
A bad ho and a plate of salmon
Smoking and drinking, nigga is you thinking that our fate is violent?
0 – believable
I love my nigga for the fact that he real
And nobody on the faculty squeal
And if you facing capital pun, pass me a gun
And I’mma give you time to run while I rapidly peel
0 – again, very mean spirited but believable
I learned the game quickly, and I don’t like to rent
So when I fly now, I bring my cars on the plane with me
In this case who’s the loser?
2 – You bring your cars on the airplane Jadakiss? Do you really hate renting cars that bad? What about a car service? There has to be a more economical way than to just bring a car on the airplane? You love the car that much? And what type of airplane you fly on that lets you transport a car like it’s a checked bag.
Ran through enough coke for Castro to build schools in Cuba
Teaching kids how to read and write and use the Ruger
1 – I really doubt that Styles is selling so much cocaine that he can sponsor schools in Cuba. Especially with that type of curriculum he just outlined.
Motherfuckin’ niggas is back, Jada and P
We got water, X, haze
Plus weight of the D
And I’m tired of hearing about old niggas that had it
And be the same old niggas that ratted
Talking bout how we hawk niggas in they fuckin’ back
Gun work’s official but niggas don’t be wanting that
(Why?) Cause they puss and they mans is lame
We Soul for Real in the hood, we make Candy Rain
I could easily send you to God
0 – believable, but these guys are angry. Why are they angry yet so rich?
But come and see me at the Plaza Hotel I might give you a job
If you can’t remember the name
All you gotta do is ask the dame for the niggas that deliver it hard
0 – if these guys are as wealthy as they claim, they should be able to hire people. Believable.
Ja- da- muah, I’ll kiss you, you bitch ass nigga
Bet the hood won’t miss you, you bitch ass nigga
Might find your man dead in the ocean
He be aight though
You know dead rappers get better promotion
Why we don’t laugh at death, and cry at birth
Never say you can’t do it til you try it first
Be the young niggas eager to pull it
But it’s a message in everything, trust me, even a bullet
Go to war with the 8 and the pound
Think you got your ear to the street now, put your face in the ground
Cause my shells is expensive
You’ll know exactly why when you yellin’ in intensive
My fellas is offensive
Lucky cause I got guns that crack your back
But that’s not what I prefer, I manufacture crack
And niggas turn bitch when you show em the steel
But we know how to bid so y’all go ‘head and squeal
I’m comfortable far from home
Eating right, getting good rest either on the bar or the phone
I’m the reason niggas got deals the past few years
“Sound anything like Kiss? Then sign right here!”
And, y’all just talking, I’m doing it well
Jadakiss, motherfucker, I’mma see you in hell
0 – and Jadakiss decides he’s done boasting about his material riches to just give us a solid tough guy rap verse. I can’t help but wonder why these guys are so angry if they’re so wealthy? And why is the song called “We Gonna Make It” if they so obviously have already made it? You don’t fly cars on planes unless you’re already pretty wealthy. I think Jadakiss needs to learn verb tense again. Maybe he can enroll in the night school that Styles built in Cuba. We’ll see.
* Read the full “We Gon Make It” lyrics at Rap Genius