Im not going into Reggie vs the likes of Melo, Lebron, Wade pre decline(this was some time ago) and so on as a scorer...that just....isnt going anywhere. I watched dude score 16 with 70% of his teams plays involving a screen intended to get him a look too many times to act like he was some special scorer. Perhaps the worst ratio of plays run for to points scored in the history of the sport. Dude could barely dribble forward and knock down a pull up in his prime. He wasnt coming off screens because he didnt feel like taking over the way other stars could. He came off a gang of screens because he wasnt good creating his own shot. And ive seen his teammates, his coaches, opposing coaches, HOF commentators, and countless fans point out the same.
That today vs yesteryear shit really doesnt prove anything. I'll use Redman since ive been listening to him a lot lately. Songs like Cant Wait and tonites Da Nite.....from albums that topped the charts.
Would I rather hear them over some Lil Wayne? Yes. Yes I would.
Does that mean that Waynes wordplay and flow on 6'7'' is worse than Redmans?
Life is the bitch, and death is her sister
Sleep is the cousin, what a ****in' family picture
You know Father Time, and we all know Mother Nature
It's all in the family, but I am of no relation
You know I'mma ball 'til they turn off the field lights
The fruits of my labor, I enjoy 'em while they still ripe
Bitch, stop playin', I do it like a king do
If these ****** animals, then I'mma have a mink soon
Paper chasin', tell that paper, "Look, I'm right behind ya"
Bitch, real G's move in silence like lasagna
People say I'm borderline crazy, sorta kinda
Woman of my dreams? I don't sleep so I can't find her
You wanna see me get cool, please, save it for the breeze
Cause the lyrics and tracks, make me funky like cottage cheese
**** the smooth shit, I get down wit the boom bip
Like Q-Tip, I kick more styles than Bruce shoe's kick
But tonight's the night what I write tonight
This type of funk with the flavor like Mike 'n' Ike's
Hanging out wit my ******, my ******
The Pack Pistol Posse keep they fingers on the triggers
I keep the 40 between my lap, coolin, rollin down the highway
Blunt system pumps cause it's Friday
Roll over to pick my boys up, we raise a lot of noise
Cause, we can do that black, so "Get the Bozack" Jack
Remember, I do the type of evil that men do
Like cursin out my window at a bitch and her friend too
So turn the volume up a notch
And watch the ba-BUMP, ba-BUMP, make ya speakers pop
That's the funk, when it pumps it makes your rump
Jump, jump, jump.. jump, jump, jump
But if you want to see a fly but frantic
Cool romantic, more slicker than my man Rick
You better check the Yellow Pages under smooth shit
Cause Red ain't down for the bullshit
It isnt like someone being objective could call Red more clever....his flow was easily more basic....partly because he didnt have all the computers to mask breath control issues....but ive seen Wayne rap his ass off live. He isnt exactly Big Pun on Yea Baby with engineers removing his heavy breathing.
But id still rather listen to Redman....
Partly because I like 90s production more. But being real about it....todays producers could steal and flip it just as easily. Hell with modern computers?
They could rob Issac Hayes blind even easier.
But they flip songs a different way. Still sample but there is less of the original than in many 90s songs which were straight up thefts. I loved death row but Dre and Daz pretty much ripped off 30 second snippets of George clinton songs and called it producing.
Does the end result sound better than Wayne to me?
But im not gonna act like because the guys now take a different approach its easier or worse.
I think the reason music in general is worse than before the 80s because thats around the time you didnt need real musicians involved. Once the sampling got going, drum kits, and keyboards took over it was mostly just rippingoff real musicians.
And they did it with such disregard...you straight copy a great song and add drums its gonna sound good off the bat.
So the simpler music of the time sounded better to me. I love Pete Rock. How he would flip 6 seconds of this and that....but it is what it is. Steal from a great source you can get a great end result.
But me wanting to hear that simpler non computerized music doesnt make it better...
And the lyrics are often no better either.
Do I feel anyone now is out rapping Nas on Illmatic? No. Do I have younger cousins who think Kendrick Lamar is? Yes. And im not sure how I argue with Rigamortis or whatever. Dude can rap his ass off....and would eat 90% of the people I listened to in the 90s alive just verse for verse or arguing about flow.
Just a different world. I like the one I came up in. My little cousin(about 19-20) cant stand most 90s shit outside Dre, Snoop, and a little Pac.
He genuinely prefers Rich Homie Quon and Kirko Bangs to De La Soul or Main Source. I dont get it....but my cousin Rick(about 50) doesnt get why I put Outkast over Run DMC.