Best Of Both Worlds.
Band Of Bruddas.
Jays not supposed to rap like he did when he was 25/26 cause that wouldn't make sense. You supposed to evolve lyrically. Jay didn't get worse he just offers an older more wiser perspective. Reasonable Doubt, Blueprint, The Black Album, American Gangster, Magna Carta is all the same Jayz just with a wider range of perspective each time. If 1996 Jayz could listen to the We Made It freestyle from last year he'd probably think he's a better rapper today then he was 18 years ago. Even with Fab, there's no way old Fab can fuck with the weight of an older Fabs punchlines in terms of meaning. The young Fab had better gun bars though... I say that to say as he got older his content matured and his battle raps started to turn into song lyrics.
u just said it yourself, think about how many grammys timberland has gained artists....
Yeah thats why opera music isnt about lyricism but Hip Hop? I can make the argument that it is about lyricism because why is having skillful lyrics consider dope and not having lyrics considered wack? Why when people start naming greats its always somebody with lyricism? Thats cause actually Hip Hop is about lyricism to a very significant degree. So much so that it extends beyond musicality to the point where we consider lyricism as having skills. If it was about music then Timbaland would be considered a greater MC then Fabolous but thats not the case.
lol 2 chain had the audacity to spit on this beat.