The last time a rap story made me click replay multiple times, I think y’all were still getting tipsy to J-Kwon. Yes, its been a long time. To be dramatic, I could say that the last storytelling song I liked was Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story”, because that’s how good I feel about his song. So when the opportunity to interview Brother Ali came up, I jumped out of my seat. The ending on this track just had so many possibilities, and was driving this hearse crazy. I had to know more about it. Luckily, Brother Ali helped a writer under deep thought, and took control of the wheel on this edition of 1 Verse, 1 Hearse. Take it away Ali.
You guys have been asking for a Kendrick Lamar “The City” hearse for 4evaNaDay now. Recently nothing has motivated me to hearse. So I thought I’d finally give Kendrick’s “The City” its much deserved hearse. Don’t come around here with your, “Ahh Quez finally, too late though” either. I know, and it’s never too late! This will also be Kendrick’s 3rd hearse making him the new record holder. Hah, K.Dot hit me up for your trophy! Enough of the talking though, let’s get to business. Game escorts Kendrick through the city as K.Dot rides through in the Killer hearse giving us a scenic drive through the city that shaped him.
Just from looking at the tracklist, I already knew that Nas was going to have the best verse on Rich Forever. He didn’t disappoint either. Unfortunately, Drake’s “Stay Schemin” has “Triple Beam Dreams” in the shadows. I can understand though. Beef is exciting. But, we’ve been sleeping on this verse long enough. Time to wake up. In “Triple Beam Dreams” Nas tries to help America understand the mind of a young drug dealer, Nas gives us both the sides of the slangin’ spectrum.
Call him the new Eminem or the old Shady, I don’t care. All I know is that this dude is raw! A few weeks back I had the opportunity, the privilege, and the honor of speaking to him. The outcome of our talk is a raw interview (coming very soon), and a very special 1 Verse, 1 Hearse. A special 1V1H hearsed by Hopsin himself. One of Hip-Hop’s brightest young stars helped me out by hearsing the chorus on “Nocturnal Rainbows”. Take it away Hopsin.
What you thought I was giving Common’s verse on “Stay Schemin” a hearse? I mean he did kill it, correct? He got Drizzy good, and most importantly he was straight up about it. No subliminal crap! That’s the ingredients for a good 1V1H, except for the fact that it’s a Drake diss. I’m not being a Drake stan either. Just ask yourself about how this beef started. Was it because of Serena Williams? Drake being soft? Or Common trying to sell albums? They’re all dumb reasons. That’s were Common loses his 1V1H points. Why is he dissing Drake?!
Last week I said that “Lord Knows” was the most jaw-dropping track on Take Care. Well, Kendrick’s “Buried Alive” is the deepest most thought provoking headache causing track on the album. Seriously, this is one of my favorite verses of the year. The flow, the lyrics, the topic, everything was on point. People like Kendrick keep poetry in Hip-Hop alive. I find it beautiful when a rapper can craft a verse with so much care, and attention to detail. Kendrick buried this verse alive with the ongoing analogies, and his interesting exploration of fame.