“The Ghost Of Black Gangster Past…”

11.14.09 8 years ago 47 Comments

Some people change and some people remain the same. If a future “you” could go back in time and have a candid conversation with yourself in the current hour, would either of you have anything in common?

I’m guessing this Shawn Carter circa 1995, probably couldn’t relate with the one we know as Jay-Z today. Being married to a high-profile diva, the avant-garde content of BP3, coy dispositions in interviews. Jay was always a shrewd brother, especially in comparison to his comrades in the streets of Brooklyn. But this still reflects a time when he languished on being associated with the inner dealings of the underworld.

Take the lyrics from the opening scenes from The Blueprint 3. On “What We Talkin’ Bout” Jigga matter-of-factly denounces a code of conduct he surrounded himself with for the first half of career, and moreso his life.

And now that that’s that Lets talk about the future/We have just seen the dream as predicted by Martin Luther/Now you could choose ta/Sit in front of your computer/Posin’ with guns/Shootin’ YouTube up/Or you could come with me to the White House get your suit up/You stuck on being hardcore/I chuck the duece up…


Jay-Z – “What We Talkin’ Bout”

It’s that little sliver proclaimation of change is where Beanie Sigel’s nonstop antics are falling on deaf ears. Still, after seeing this interview, it is difficult the totally embrace the white-collar rapper. Maybe the dark does shine in the light because Jay’s gullier material will always remain top shelf. Dominating blocks with glocks and money bulging out of socks. This life forever? Not quite, but we’d like to still pretend so.


Download — Jay-Z – “This Life Forever”

Although, warned don’t be mad when it’s on to the next one…

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