1 Verse, 1 Hearse #1 – Murder To Excellence
Is there a better way to kick off a new series than to talk about Watch The Throne? In this new series titled “1 Verse, 1 Hearse”, I will talk about my favorite verses of recent times. The most “killer” verses if you will. This week, I speak on Kanye’s verse on “Murder To Excellence” from Watch The Throne.
And I’m from the murder capital, Where they murder for capital
Heard about at least 3 killings this afternoon
Lookin’ at the news like damn I was just with him after school,
No shop class but half the school got a tool,
And I could die any day type attitude
Plus his little brother got shot reppin’ his avenue
It’s time for us to stop and re-define black power
41 souls murdered in 50 hours
Unfortunately, the rules of the game only let me pick one verse. Or else I would’ve picked the whole song. I love the concept, and how they switched over from “Murder” to “Excellence”. Of course, I love the subject as well.
Yeezy starts the verse by quoting Jay Z’s clever line on “Lucifer”, “I’m from the murder capital, where they murder for capital”. The context in which Kanye uses the line implies that the root of crime is poverty. Which is a plausible theory, and way too deep of a debate for Hip Hop in 2011. ‘Ye is on another level. He then goes on to blame school violence on a lack of funds by rapping, “no shop class but half the school got a tool”. Not only is it a nice play on words it’s also a fact. Many low income schools are forced to cut classes such as shop. One can conclude that the schools in Chicago with the most violence are the ones that have had to cut classes such as shop because of budget issues. In conclusion Kanye is saying that a lack of money in any arena will lead to crime, and schools are no exception. This is one of the reasons I love Kanye, he’s always in tune with what is troubling society, and he’s not afraid to talk about it.
But up to this point this is an average Kanye verse. ‘Ye puts this verse in a hearse when he says, “it’s time for us to stop and re-define black power”. Stop gang-banging and redefine what it is to be powerful. Power is not selling crack. Power used to mean standing up for your rights, and freeing yourself from oppression. The world would be a better place if the older version were applied.
A prime example of “power” is the U.K. riots that lasted 3 days. Power is NOT looting and destroying people’s businesses. Power is freeing yourself from a corrupt government, through protest, not by looting flat-screen TV’s. London rioters, you’re killin’ me. Yo, I’m killing two birds with one stone here. So, no YKM until next week. Okay don’t cry, brand new “You’re Killin’ Me” this Monday.
Anyways, that’s why I loved Kanye’s verse on “Murder To Excellence.” Yeezy has re-defined the definition of real.
Kanye, that verse deserves a hearse!
Written by: @QuezKHH
You’ve heard about my favorite verse. What has been your favorite verse recently?
PS. Shout out to the original Mr. One Verse One Hearse, Tyga Montana.