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Join Date: Mar 2011
Re: Jay Z is overrated.
He got lazy after Volume 2 because he was basically the default #1 guy in NY after BIG's death and you could see a lot less effort from then on. Then he started signing young Philly rappers and subsequently "borrow" their style (Young Chris especially). So while he's had a ton of commercial success and hit singles by virtue of career longevity, I still can't see him in the top 5 based on ability. His early career was filled with a lot of great songs, but he's spent more than half a career on cruise control. I guess it could be worse, he could've tried way too hard like Nas and continually disappoint every release. Jay continually puts out decent to good music, but his potential is much greater.
Talking strictly on their primes? BIG, Rakim, Ice Cube (up to Lethal Injection), Scarface (Diary/Mr. Scarface is Back), Nas (Illmatic/It Was Written) and 2pac (Me Against the World/Thug Life era) are all above Jay.
My favorite Jay song, so many quotables:
Last edited by Bob the Jobber; 06-29-2012 at 01:13 AM.