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Justin Timberlake was joined by Jay-Z on this week’s episode of SNL to give a performance of their collaboration ‘Suit & Tie’.
Choosing the ten best songs by one of Brooklyn’s most beloved children, the Notorious B.I.G., is essentially a fool’s errand. The rapper, né Christopher Wallace, had too dynamic a scope, despite his catalogue being limited to his debut, Ready To Die, and its double-disc follow-up, Life After Death. At times he was Aesop, others Hitchcock, often Don Giovanni. While there are many in the canon who are adept storytellers or able to spin clever yarns about their money, women, and other ephemera, Biggie Smalls was able to finesse the English language in a way that hardly ever utilized egregious transitions or flossing — almost everything he spit advanced a narrative, even if it was one of party and bullshit. He knew all the best ones, too, but never rapped about dancing on couches — he absorbed every scene, and at the end of the night he could give you a detailed rundown of every corner of the room. His lyrics were meticulous and mind-bending, packed with brutal double entendres and breadth of vocabulary that rarely required him to use cliché to pad a punchline.
Joey talks about meeting with Jay-Z, beefing with Lil B and mentions getting in the studio with Q-Tip recently.
Watch for the 9-year old Karaoke birthday graphics, stay for the Cleatus the Slack Jawed yokel expression of a young Jay-Z. Fast rapping with his original swag dracula move — taking the elements from Kane, Kool G Rap, and of course, his partner, Jaz-O. Beat courtesy of the Green Eyed Bandit. The rapping is technically proficient, the charisma is void. But on the plus side, Jay can shut down Cam’s claim that he made it cool for dudes from the hood to rock pink.
“Hawaiian Sophie” video below the jump because it is a crucial moment in American history.
Via Nah Right
I have no words for this. The special effects. Jay’s verse. None of it.