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1520 Sedgwick Avenue: January 31st, 2008 Thursday, January 31, 2008

Posted by Andy Hutchins in 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Rockabye.

Couldn’t go through the first week without the God MC.

H to the izzo, V to the more button…  

Shawn Corey Carter’s got a lot of nicknames, but the tag he rarely gets is raconteur, and it’s a shame he’s not paid his respects as one of hip-hop’s great storytellers. Here, on “Song Cry,” off of 2001’s The Blueprint, a must-have for  it’s straightforward narrative rather than metaphorical wizardry, on one of the slowest songs of his career.

The domestic turmoil unfolds as Jay blows up (read: accrues money, fame, and attractive women) and leaves his sweetheart behind, and the chorus is the perfect blend of sorrow and wounded pride; it’s not exactly a stretch, topically or lyrically, but the soft piano and gentle bass slaps make it hip-hop’s smoothest break-up song.

Think of this as the four years too-early counterpoint to Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” and recognize that if Jay and Beyonce ever broke up, we’d at least have some good songs in the aftermath.



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