Usher recruits Jay-Z and Ester Dean for “Hot Toddy,” which will be on the R&B star’s upcoming Versus EP (August 24). The song title refers to a drink that mixes hot cinder with alcohol, which some also use for medicinal purposes. Polow da Don’s production is what you’d expect from him, but Usher does his best to give the song an edge with a few curses here and there. Jay-Z’s plays with his Illuminati accusers by loading his verse with Nation of Gods and Earths terminology and Christian mythos. From what I remember his former mentor Jaz-O is a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths. And last year, Jaz-O joined the witch hunt by stating Jay-Z was definitely a freemason (and also gay).
The verse is still up for interpretation as it’s not even 24 hours old yet. But to me on the first few listens Jay’s lines about being born a God and “downgrading” from king to man invoked Jesus in my mind. Christians believe Jesus was God and became flesh (human) to save them. And of course there are Bible verses that refer to Christ as the King of Kings. So to me it pretty much was another clever, metaphorical way for Jay to proclaim what he’s been telling us for years: that he’s the God MC/Jayhovah/etc. Don’t know if I buy Jay’s line in the “Dynasty Intro” where is he said he never read any scriptures. Then again, all this Illuminati talk may have prompted him to do some homework. Overall a nice verse but a notch below his “Free Mason” drop.
Usher feat. Jay-Z and Ester Dean “Hot Toddy”
Just as we thought we were done with Tiger Wood’s personal life, D.C.’s Wale gives his take on that media circus. This is nothing new for him, as on his last mixtape joint, Mixtape About Nothing, he tackled OJ Simpson’s legal woes and Kramer’s racist comments. Instead of treating it as a joke, he attempts to delve into Tiger’s mindstate from the intial affairs to the embarrassing aftermath.
And it works very well. Far as I’m concerned, Wale has closed the book on this and its nice to hear him going at the beat with the aggression and confidence that was sometimes missing from his debut LP. His new mixtape More About Nothing drops on August 3.
Wale “The Eyes of the Tiger”
Kanye’s Facebook Performance
Kanye was in acapella mode recently at Facebook’s headquarters where is performed several tracks off his upcoming Good Ass Job album. A late entry that just hit the net is called “Mama’s Boyfriend.” With Oediepal-leaning lyrics it has loads of potential assuming Kanye laces it with the right beat.
This is the CDQ version of Ja Rule’s “Man Down.” Ron Brownz’s production is tolerable for once. “Man Down” will be on Rule’s new Renaissance Project.
Ja Rule “Man Down”