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Monday, June 9, 2008

Sure Beats Vanilla Ice’s Song About John Kerry

posted by on June 9 at 11:16 AM

I know that he’s more of a Jay-Z fan, but this Nas song, “Black President,” about Obama, is pretty good. There’s presidential trivia in it, which is a sure-fire way to make me pay attention—Coolidge’s relationship to the KKK gets mentioned—and it actually plays with the idea of Obama winning, wondering if he’ll stand up for the rights of African-Americans. Some of the samples do make Obama sound kind of like a crazy person, though.

Until just now, I forgot about that Eminem song “Mosh,” that came out a week or so before the ‘04 elections. It wasn’t so much a pro-Kerry song as an anti-Bush song, but really all I remember is that it sucked.

I’ve really grown fond of Nas with his last album. When he gave up on the feud with Jay-Z, it kind of emboldened the both of them. I haven’t heard his new one, but I think that Nas has some of his best work ahead of him.

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that's funny, because i thought "mosh" was the only good song on encore, an album which, on its best day, is one of the crappiest albums ever made by a great rapper.

as for nas having some of his best work ahead of him, that's a pretty bold statement, considering that he created the greatest hip-hop album ever made on his first try. however, i will agree that his latter-day work is very inspired.

Posted by douglas martin | June 9, 2008 2:56 PM

I'm with Douglas: "Mosh" was pretty badass. I liked the song and the video.

Posted by me too | June 9, 2008 3:30 PM

nas is the most inconsistent of all GOATs. he's artistically restless and will always have great work ahead of him. he will also have plenty of bad ideas.

people who think he'll never be "illmatic tight" again are wrong. he's just as talented now as then. he'll never make an ALBUM as good as illmatic, but he's still a great rapper. except now he has bad beats and bad ideas sometimes.

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Posted by ndrwmtsn | June 9, 2008 3:37 PM

'mosh' gets the gas-face. a friend of mine played it at a club in the week that it dropped and i had to dog him out over it. eminem pondering over anything that isn't a juvenile drug-and-rape-fantasy fit for an icp album? who gives a fuck?

Posted by cosby | June 10, 2008 8:45 AM

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