Jay-Z is Full of Crap

yankees cap.jpgAs I tend to be regarding to the great game of baseball, when it comes to hip-hop, I remain firmly in the purist camp. 

This is exactly why I didn’t want to like Jay-Z’s new album, The Blueprint 3.  As the resident Brett Favre of the rap game, Jay-Z has taunted us with his multiple “retirements”, all along gradually stepping away from his street-centric roots and engaging in the bling-bling-I-got-hoes-money-and-fame garbage that has destroyed my ability to find any entertainment value in modern hip-hop.

But Alicia Keys sucked me; and as much as I hate to admit it: Empire State of Mind is a killer track.

Still, there is one Jay-Z line that makes me cringe with disgust:

“Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game,
s*** I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can…”

No, no, Jay-Z, you didn’t.  You did not make the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can.

Ever heard of a fella by the name of Babe Ruth?  How about DiMaggio?  Gehrig?  Mantle?  Mattingly?  Jeter?

I know Jay-Z is a lot like me in that sometimes he says dumb s*** just to say it, to see what kind of reaction he gets, to be relevant, to stir up trouble.

But even I have limitations… and dissing some of the greatest players to ever play the game is certainly among them.

Shame on you, Jay-Z. 

And unless you can find a way to put Alicia Keys on every song you ever do from now until the end of time, you won’t be getting my money ever again.

Hate me ‘cuz I gotz some street cred of my own, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.





  1. thefreak

    Next thing you know, Jay-Z will say Empire state of mind will be bigger than Sinatra’s “New York, New York”

  2. Jonestein

    …and for the record, I’m envious of Jeff, not Alicia…”not that there’s anything wrong with that.” LOL
    (Yeah, you just thought you were gonna get that semantic alley-oop slam, didn’t ya?)

  3. redstatebluestate

    Jonestein — Way to go… ruin my semantic fun for the day. I wish she sucked me… but nah, she sucked me IN. Totally different. No happy ending.
    Peter — Believe me, if it were that way there’d be pics and lots of blogging/bragging about it.
    The Freak — Best commentor name I’ve ever seen. Nice work. Seen you over at Jane’s. If Jay-Z ever said something that outlandish you can bet someone will punish him. If only Tupac were still alive…

  4. xcicix

    Am I the only person who thinks “Empire State of Mind” is a horrible, cheesy, idiotic song? It’s just Jay-Z citing tourist traps and a bunch of other places in the city, name-dropping as usual, and Alicia Keys singing 2 lines about how there’s “nothing you cant do everything is brand new” uh, excuse me they must ride the bus all the times because the subways and cabs and sidewalks are not new, they’re all covered in gum and grime. and there aren’t bright lights everywhere all the time–it’s really hard to believe they’re natives. I have never heard a song that says anything about New York other than it’s a tourist trap and all that “city of dreams” crap.
    That said, your points are pretty valid. That whole rapper-cliche thing is way too old and of course he got way too into it. It’s just part of the fame monster, I guess. That and the provocation-of-indignation.

  5. redstatebluestate

    Cici, you nailed it! I actually like the song from a musical point of view. It has nice builds, a good bridge, and the chorus is catchy and full of round sound… right in the middle of Keys’ range. New York can be a tourist trap, but I have a hard time not liking the place. It’s got everything! I wouldn’t want to live there unless I were rich, but you get what I’m sayin’.

  6. thefreak

    I play in a cover band that actually does this friggin song. YES IT SUCKS! But New Yorkers are proud people. So if it mentions those words (NY) in it, they are going to love it.

    Good read Jeff – I’ll be back again soon.

    Now I gotta see if my pal Jonesy wrote anything in the land Texas.
    ~Mike (the freak)

  7. redstatebluestate

    Mike (the Freak) — I’d like to hear that version of it, LOL. Yeah, I get it. NYers love it. It’s cool. I can handle it. And you bet, Jonesy knows how to bring it… see ya over there probably!

  8. Jane Heller

    The song is so repetitive but when Alicia does her thing I always get chills. Her voice is incredible. As for Jay-Z’s lyric in there about the cap, it’s like Pedro Martinez telling the media he may be the most significant/important/I forget which adjective he used person to ever play in NY. I’m like, “Hello? Babe Ruth et al?”


  9. redstatebluestate

    Jane — Right on. If he weren’t a pitcher, I bet Pedro would make a good rapper, talkin’ all that smack that he does. LOL!

  10. Jonah

    No need to preach to the converted: I can’t stand “Empire State Of Mind”. It sounds like he was commissioned by the New York Tourist Authority to provide a jingle for the out-of-towners like me. I prefer D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) and all his other acronym-type hits.

    I’m not sure why Jay-Z seems fit to comment on baseball and basketball – why can’t he give props to the Rangers as well (I know, the Giants/Jets play in New Jersey)? They play in his town and have won a Cup – albeit 15 years ago. I guess hockey’s not too hip-hop.

    By the way, congrats on being #2 in blog traffic for November!


  11. redstatebluestate

    Jonah — Thanks, man. Apparently Jay-Z needs to be introduced to the mighty combo of Mark Messier and Mike Richter!
    Prince — And fine good one too, I imagine!

  12. xcicix

    Mike, not all NYers love it. I was discussing it with my friend the other day and we both agree it’s stupid. Maybe the rich New Yorkers (e g people who go to Columbia and think they should take over the world, or people who live in Williamsburg or the Upper West Side) think it’s super great but…
    Jeff, New York doesn’t have true convenience. In order for things to be convenient, you have to live less than 2 blocks away from a subway station and be rich enough to buy what you need no matter what neighborhood you’re in. But other than that, it does have pretty much everything.

  13. redstatebluestate

    Point taken, Cici. Still, if it’s 3 a.m. and you crave authentic Lithuanian food, somewhere in Manhattan you can get that. Same goes for anything else you might want/need/desire…. except for a championship ring in Queens 😉

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