Ayo whattup you now in the presence of the mighty Hands of Zeus aka the imperial Cocaine Biceps aka Galaxy Knuckles aka Broccoli Bundles aka Divine Snowcones aka Shampoo Bracelets the panty melter aka Thor Molecules the great aka Phantom Raviolis aka Volcano Hands aka the one n only Big Ghost namsayin. Today I wanna flashback to some shit that aint really the most celebrated n cherished music of our times but in a lot of ways still deserve to be acknowledged nahmean.
First off we gon talk bout Kingdom Come. Its only right since we talked bout Hov’s “retirement” joint The Black Album on its 10th anniversary last week that we do the same for his “comeback” shit that dropped 7 years ago today. Now when you say “comeback”…that shit implies that he was back to claim his spot n bask in his glory once again n whatever whatever. Technically son did “come….back” but Ionno if you wanna put em two words too close together. I mean had this shit been jus another album that had came out durin his heyday it mighta been cool…but the dude had been “gone” from the scene for like 3 years n shit. Technically he was still around tho all over the damn place tho namsayin. The bullshit ass leftovers from his first collabo wit R Kelly on the Unfinished Business (platinum) album had dropped the year after he “called it quits” n then a month after that he dropped the Collision Course joint wit Linkin Park (2x platinum). Both em shits hit #1 on the charts so son wasnt like GONE gone… Plus son had popped up on Pharrell’s “Frontin” joint which was also a hit single n then on the “Deja Vu” track wit Beyonce…so he was still on some high profile shits. Not to mention this nigga Hov also jumped on some street anthems like Jeezy’s “Go Crazy” n Bun B’s “Get Throwed” so his presence was still bein felt like a muthafucka…
When the warmup single “Kingdom Come” hit…yo niggas was definitely feelin it b. Just Blaze had had the beat for a minute n actually threw the shit on his myspace page (back when muthafuckas still used that shit) a few months before n whatever. Son was doin some stupid shit wit Rick James “Super Freak”…jus killin that. Niggas was all over sons myspace page talmbout YO YOU GOTTA GET HOV TO RAP ON THIS SHIT SON…aaaaaaaand the shit worked. It was actually one of those few times in a hip hop fans life where some shit like that had really really worked nahmean. Usually niggas in the game jus be brushin off input like that but the homie Just Blaze is a down to earth kinda dude n he really listened to that shit n got Hov to body that forreal. Next thing you kno the nigga Jay on that track talmbout “I take off the blazer…loosen up the tie / Step inside the booth….Superman is aliiiiiive” n like that…the shit was on n poppin again.
Now maybe the Superman returns/”comeback” angle might not a been the best approach to this shit. Matter fact it probably left a bad taste in muthafuckas mouths cuz the shit that had came after that was like the opposite of this shit. Once again the boy Just Blaze hooked the beat up…but this time it was some bougie upscale champagne on the yacht in Monaco type shit namsayin. Word is bond…when Jigga dropped the “Show Me What You Got” single it was like muthafuckas already knew what to expect from the album…You already knew it was bout to be some adult contemporary rap on this muthafucka. Niggas was hatin bruh…like 30 THE NEW 20…NIGGA WHAT? FUCK IS THIS BEACH CHAIR SHIT? WHY DRE BEATS ALL SOUND THE SAME AS THE DRE BEATS THAT SOUND THE SAME ON OTHER NIGGAS SONGS B? WHY THIS KANYE BEAT SO GOT DAMN TERRIBLE YO? WHY HE RAPPIN BOUT HOW HE MADE IT…AGAIN? NIGGA YOU BEEN MADE IT! WHY HE MADE ANOTHER SONG CALLED “ANYTHING” AGAIN??? DONT JAY KNO HE ALREADY MADE A SONG CALLED “ANYTHING” ON THE FIRST BEANIE SIGEL ALBUM YO? IS SON ON A LOOP BRUH?? Summa the shit was justified…summa that was jus bein some nitpicky muthafuckas tho.
But yo apart from them less than muthafuckin stellar moments sprinkled all over the album…theres actually some hidden gems on this shit. He kicks shit off wit “The Prelude” on some cool laid back shit. Hovi aint come out wit his guns blazin n explosions in the sky or nothin…he jus kept crept in the door like YO IS IT COOL IF I JUS BE OVER HERE IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM N SPIT SOME RAPS…n you like YEAH YEAH WHATEVER B WHATEVER…then you like OH SHIT THIS NIGGA STILL GOT IT. So now ya guard is down n BOOM…son hits you over the head wit that “Oh My God” shit… n you like YO WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS? Truth be told I aint learn to appreciate this shit til I seen the trailer for the movie “Gangster Squad” n that shit made me revisit it… “Lost Ones” might not be the most excitin shit in Hov’s catalog but he was openin up bout some personal shit…which is always cool nahmean. This was the “introspective” Hov that gave us “You Must Love Me” n “Moment Of Clarity”…
“I heard muthafuckas sayinthey made Hov…
Made Hov say ‘ok so…make another Hov”
That shit had to hit Dame Dash in the heart so deep bruh… WHY YOU AINT MADE ANOTHER HOV THEN DAME….WHO YOU GOT? CAPO? STOP IT B… Im chillin tho cuz Dame is that nigga n dont ever let nobody tell you otherwise b. That dude was instrumental as fuck in makin Jay a household name nahmean. Hats off to that nigga nahmean. But thats another story.
On the “Trouble” joint Jay addressed a whole lotta shit… startin wit the incident wit R Kelly gettin maced backstage by Hov’s peoples for bein on some diva shit n then callin the police on Jay…which led to the tour gettin cancelled. Next he touched on the rumors bout him n Free from 106 & Park n basically said if he was gon be keepin some side bitches it would be Halle Berry or Angelina Jolie…not jus some regular ol shit like Free. Harsh Jay…that shit was harsh bruh…. Talmbout “If my hand is in the cookie jar…kno one thing / Imma take the cookie…not leave my ring”… But its the third verse thats that real piff namsayin. The whole verse is ether so you gon have to sit down n marinate on that yaself nahmean. Nigga jus “little nigga’d” the shit outta Cam’ron n Jim Jones bruh. Dre did his thing on the beat too…I aint think he had that shit in him still.
Hov aint done comin at niggas necks tho…he still got more for Killa n Capo on “Dig A Hole”. The album version is dope…but the original mighta been more impressive. Ionno what the fuck happened but this beat ended up goin to Fabolous n turned into “Return Of The Hustle”. The boy Just had a whole damn symphony in the studio to make this shit too. Meanwhile Jay jus throwin em crushin blows at Cam n Jimmy. Son Imma forever be fuckin wit the Dips but all those camel jokes jus not gon cut it when you gettin handled like this…
“Have we forgotten our history…lets open our Bibles
Its like the disciples dissin Jesus n becomin his rivals
Shunning the one thing that they owe they life to…
You let that man [Dame] hype you to go against ya idol…”
“Minority Report” was another overlooked diamond in the rough…wit Hovito gettin his politics on n goin into the whole Hurricane Katrina disaster. “Momma I Made It” was actually a dope track even tho Hov was jus treadin the same ground he had already been over in the past nahmean. Overall tho…this album was lackin some shit. Actually thats kinda a muthafuckin understatement b…it was lackin A WHOLE LOTTA shit. Plus the “Hollywood” shit he did wit Bey might be one of the worst songs in his whole catalog. But the album on its own merits aint exactly the worst crime in his catalog…contrary to what summa yalls be sayin (not when he got 2 whole albums wit Kells)… n I still personally fucks wit it more than Blueprint 3 nahmean. Word life. Shit ended up sellin damn near 700k units the first week…which is still his best first week til this day. Not to mention shit done sold 2.5 million in jus the States alone so it wasnt really a failure neither. But yeah shit wasnt sons best moment. Overall I still got love for the album…but when ya last album was the Black Album…shit like this jus dont cut it bruh bruh.
I gives this shit 3 Zeus Slaps outta 5
The same day that Kingdom Come dropped…Snoop came wit his 8th solo album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. Now when you think Snoop Dogg’s catalog post-Doggystyle you might gon think shit like “eh” or “naw Im good” but if you really look at the shit…even tho he NEVER reached the heights he reached on Doggystyle ever ever ever again…his shit aint all that bad. I mean Im guilty of sayin shit like HE BEEN FALLIN OFF IN SLOW MOTION FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS but truth be told…son had some heat on all his albums…even that garbage ass first LP he dropped on No Limit (Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told)… in ’06 when he dropped THIS joint he had already been on kinda a winning streak wit his last few albums… startin wit The Last Meal. The problem for son is muthafuckas was always gon compare his albums to Doggystyle. Shit was unavoidable b. Son had set the bar a little too high right out the gate nahmean. But if you take the shit for what it is…he got more solid to dope albums than duds namsayin.
This album in particular got some personal meaning to me cuz my mans who passed away was the one who made me check the shit out namsayin. Son believed in the shit so much that he went out n copped the CD for me n handed it to me like YO IM TELLIN YOU… On some real shit tho..I aint really fuck wit it that hard at the time. But soon after when my boy got killed I revisited the shit. Basically I kept the shit in my car for like 2 months straight n grew to appreciate the muthafucka. Now Ionno how much of that was genuine appreciation for the album n how much came down to the relationship I got wit it based off personal circumstances…but Im pretty sure the general consensus on this shit is its one of Snoopy’s best.
On joints like “Think About It” Snoop jus be floatin over some pimp shit. Son brought it back on “Crazy” wit that vintage LBC shit courtesy of the late great Nate Dogg. Then Pharrell provides a banger for the nigga Snoop to get his gangbanger on to on “Vato”. Originally Skateboard P had did the hook hisself but I guess somebody at the label musta decided that havin Pharell talkin like em 2 dudes in the Selena movie who helped out when the tour bus broke down (DID JOO SEE DAT RUCA? CHI LOOK JUS LIKE SALINAS…YO IT EEEEES SALINAAAAAS) could be seen as some racist shit. So they brought B-Real from Cypress Hill in to make the shit official.
Besides the Neptunes…son also brought along some other elite producers like Nottz, Timbaland, n Rick Rock. Not to mention Snoop’s mentor Dr Dre got like 3 joints on the album nahmean. First up is Boss’ Life wit Akon on the hook…which was some more fly ass pimp shit.
The “Round Here” joint was kinda funny cuz it got the same Dido sample that was used on “Stan” by Eminem n Snoop on the hook doin some 50 Cent “Many Men” type shit. But the “Imagine” joint (feat. Dre n D’Angelo) was probably the best track on the album easy. Beat soundin like it coulda been on Kingdom Come but wit more emotion n soul than the “Lost Ones” track. Shit was actually made for Busta Rhymes’s Big Bang Theory joint but it aint make the album deadline. Lucky for Snoop. The concept is basically what the title says… Imagine this n that…mostly on some peace shit not YO IMAGINE ME WIT SEVEN G5 PLANES N A HAREM 100 VIRGINS N A MUTHAFUCKIN SMALL ARMY ON A ISLAND THATS NAMED AFTER ME n shit. But what makes it special is who its comin from… Andre “I started this gangsta shit…n this the miuthafuckin thanks I get” Young n Calvin “Never hestitate to puta nigga on his baaaaack” Broadus. But niggas grow up n wanna do bigger n better shit wit they lives sometimes b. Cant be mad at that. Shit is lowkey a classic track tho.
Its a couple of stinkers on this shit too tho…the “Which One Of You” track (featurin a nigga named Nine Inch Dix…smh) sounds like some fake ass Pharrell shit. But The Neptunes do provide the backdrop on the “Beat Up On Yo Pads” track tho. Shits actually kind fire but Snoop decided to make the shit bout Pee Wee football so its hard to really vibe to this muthafucka. Ice Cube comes thru on the “LAX” joint n Game does his thing on the Ganbangin 101 track n help keep the shit percolatin namsayin. Besides Dre, Cube n B-Real…Snoop actually brought a whole lotta west coast vets n legends along on this shit includin MC Eiht, Daz n Kurupt, E-40, n Kam. But he also got Stevie Wonder, R Kelly n Akon…who happened to provide the biggest hit off the album on “I Wanna Love/Fuck You” which also happened to be on his Konvicted album.
In the end Blue Carpet definitely ranks in the top 5 for this nigga Snoop’s catalog…which if you think bout it aint too shabby since son got like 73 albums n shit. You might gon wanna skip a few shits here n there but for a 21 track LP that to be expected nahmean. Overall I fucks wit this shit. I mean it aint no Doggystyle….but how many albums are b?
I gives this shit 4 Zeus Slaps outta 5