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1 Verse, 1 Hearse #1 – Murder To Excellence

August 12, 2011 · Posted in reviews · 24 Comments 


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.


24 Responses to “1 Verse, 1 Hearse #1 – Murder To Excellence”

  1. samuel tah on August 12th, 2011 4:56 pm

    Dude your a true rap fan I can tell from this whole article. All love. Killerhiphop 4 life.


  2. okok on August 12th, 2011 5:13 pm

    Like this new addition to KHH, makes it more than a music blog and really puts a critical lens on Hip-Hop that I think alot of people can’t find. Well explained.. yeeeezyy boii. @tbtweetz


  3. AntPDX on August 12th, 2011 5:22 pm

    Pickin a favorite verse from this album isn’t easy but this song definitely is loaded. This album is heavier than I think we realize. I’m sure it’ll leave a lasting imprint on not only our Hip Hop culture but our generations culture.

    Some of the verses that have caught me lately are off this album. Others would probably be some of Machine Gun Kelly’s stuff, Illmaculatem, and a few off Atmospheres new album.

    Verses in Hearses is gonna be a dope series! Keep it comin KHH!


  4. Pete on August 12th, 2011 5:23 pm

    Love this blog,especially this new addition. Don’t forget to go into some older shit too like Pac,Big,Nas and so forth. Those cats had some unbelievable messages behind their lyrics


  5. edison on August 12th, 2011 5:26 pm

    i like jay z’s verse on who gon stop me he goes ham on it. KHH why are u doing this?


  6. Mike on August 12th, 2011 5:31 pm

    Loving this idea.keep it up killerhiphop!


  7. Johnatan Oviedo on August 12th, 2011 6:22 pm

    Yo you’re dope. No lie my G you’re dope. I f**king love this site. It’s like facebook to me now, I have to get on it everytime I wake up….Keep doing your thing!


    HHC Reply:

    @Johnatan Oviedo, Yes!! i check it everyday.. that i was the only one..


  8. matty boi on August 12th, 2011 6:45 pm

    you should pick apart and analyze some of kendrick lamar’s verses on the overly dedicated mixtape a lot of people probobly have not noticed the deeper poetry on that tape


  9. fuk waka on August 12th, 2011 6:47 pm

    nice1 need more of these..!!!


  10. Dev on August 12th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Actually I think Kanye came up with the line “Murder Capital where we murder for capital” If you watch the making of Lucifer you see that Kanye raps that first then Jay uses it in the song.

    Great idea and article though loved it.


    John Reply:

    @Dev, Wow im surprised beacudr not many people know that about lucifer and that line. Great article.


  11. Drew on August 12th, 2011 10:24 pm

    let me start off by saying this new idea is genius, its a great way to voice an opinion of a song or verse.. the verse that you picked is another great way to start this off.. i’m a Chicago native born and raised so i know a thing or two about what kanye’s talking about. i lived through all of that in my city and its tough when you have that type of violence. like people getting murdered and right down the street there’s another one in progress while cops are at the first homicide.. nowadays you see blue lights on street lights just to let people know their’s a camera there, and that’s through out the whole city, just because of the amount of crimes over the recent years.

    yeezy’s whole verse is very true when he says ‘“it’s time for us to stop and re-define black power” but i think that goes for anyone because Chicago is a very segregated city and that’s one of the reasons for high crimes in the city then everything else ties into it. You hear the graduation kanye in Murder for Excellence (“just last year, Chicago had over 600 caskets”) that’s one thing i like about kanye he talks about real world issues.. always has.

    on a last note, just to speak about the riots in the u.k., i see both sides of the story.. People can only with stand certain things for so long until they take real action and i wouldn’t be surprised to see something similar happen in the states, lately the way things have been going, check the stock markets its on a roller-coaster (something is happening and someone is getting paid)

    i will always “feel the pain in my city where ever i go”

    much love to Killaaa for being on the rise..


  12. Luis on August 13th, 2011 2:02 am

    You should do Kendrick Lamar next!!
    KillerHipHop is the ishh! Except for all those Tyler The Creator posts!!


  13. JG on August 13th, 2011 6:34 am

    Ye’ is just SICK! when i first heard this verse, i HAD to rewind it a few times because he just KILLS it. I also love his last verse on ‘OTIS’……MAYBACH BUMPER STICKER READ; ‘WHAT WOULD HOVA DO”


  14. GuiB on August 13th, 2011 11:13 am

    If you dig less deeper , you could also say that the first line is a true statistic reference to the acutal murder capital( in the US ) : Chicago. When Jaz-Z released Lucifer in 03 , he was speaking about his hometown(NYC-know as the most dangerous city when he grew up) ,now Kanye does the same with his town, asking the people to stop with all that violence and focus on positive and unifying things .It’s my opinion and this song get me goosebumps everytime i press play !
    Very good analysis btw and long live this site .
    (sorry,english is not my first language )


  15. boss on August 13th, 2011 4:04 pm

    OMG. Ive been talking to everybody about this verse. Kanye came hard . Definitely one of the coldest verses this year! Goood shit KIller Hip Hop. :D


  16. HHC on August 13th, 2011 9:03 pm

    “Yo, I’m killing two birds with one stone here.” love that haha


  17. Pauly Dee on August 14th, 2011 1:57 am

    Great song and Ye actually comes hard. The rest of the album, not so much.


  18. The Key on August 16th, 2011 12:14 am

    I’m french, and even though my english isn’t that bad, I only get like 20 % of the puns and wordplays


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  20. messi on August 18th, 2011 11:51 am

    should definitely do some j.cole


  21. brenden on August 22nd, 2011 2:01 am

    5747 so laflin where im in the englewood mile an a half form where derrick rose grew up the city is bad kanye is from the eastside its worse there niggas are gettin changed over left and right


  22. ysmimy on September 19th, 2011 1:44 pm

    Love this new “1 verse, 1 hearse. Love KillerHipHop since long time ‘n i’ll till the end of times


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