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1520 Sedgwick Avenue: February 6th, 2008 Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Posted by Andy Hutchins in 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Rockabye.
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I’m only using this today because of one killer line. (Copious NSFW language.)

“I’m leaving you haters like when Shaq left the Lakers/Just to Heat it up.” Timely.  

Rhymefest is the co-writer of “Jesus Walks,” which you’ll almost certainly see in this space at some point, and is Kanye’s long-time writing partner; when Kanye gets hit with ghostwriting charges (namely, that his rhymes are written by someone else), ‘Fest is the accomplice.

Regardless, both of these Chicagoans come loaded to bear here, Kanye, as usual, boasting about his success (“Make black history every day/I don’t need a month” is pretty nice, as is the pre-jump bit), while Che Smith plays with the concepts of new and old and, in the song’s most entertaining five seconds, vivisects a nobody (“I listened to that weak shit/All of it/I can’t follow it/Excuse me, I’m wacktose intolerant”).

His last album, Blue Collar, went, I believe, triple aluminum, so he’s not exactly a commercial success yet, but Rhymefest is still one of hip-hop’s most creative and entertaining freestylers and underground names, so he’s got some bullets left in the chamber.

And the week without Kanye begins tomorrow.

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