Let The Young Guys Be Great!
Boss Lady and I had a blast at the Heineken Red Star Event with Ludacris and Estelle But while I was on stage getting close to the chocolaty songstress, we had another case of “when keeping it real goes wrong” going on outside. Find out what I’m talking about after the jump.
I’ve had my dealings with both Wordspit [DLYDJ] and Consequence [CrackSpace] and they’re both stand up guys. But if I’ve learned anything about this “New York State of Mind” we’re in, it’s that you have to be ready. Wu-Tang didn’t call it “liquid swords” for nothing, ya’know? For the outcome of a meeting between the both of them to go from engaging in a key part of the hip-hop culture, the cipher, to a one-sided shouting match in the streets is baffling in today’s music climate.
We already have a young vs. old debate, but must I add, the old cats wanna be young, too! Ask Young Hov. So what happens when the young guys come at the old guys the same way they would a young cat in the streets tryin’ to do his thing? You’ve got to have your boots ready to go! Wordspit is known to go around the city and out-rap the rippity-rap folks, and he wasn’t doing anything different than what I’ve seen him to do in the LES or PNC Radio.
What IS apparent is that folks forgot that we still have a job to do. Whether you’re a rapper, a doctor, a reality TV star – whatever – you know what you’re supposed to do when called upon. It’s why we appreciate the greats like Michael (Tyson, Jordan, Jackson) and respect the hardworkers (see: Brett Favre) for doing what they love. I applaud Wordspit’s stance in the situation. He kept his cool, did his job and built upon his rep as one to know in NYC.
In the end, Wu-Tang’s for the babies… let’s all continue to build up the culture and keep our swords sharp!