‘Lazarus, The Rising (Part 2) (for the sucka niggas)’
‘Sucka Nigga’ has always been one of my favorite Tribe songs. It’s just perfect. The intro is perfect, the beat is perfect and the verse is so good…
The Verse; see it’s one verse, done twice. I remember listening to the song for the first time and being fully engrossed. Then when it kicked around to the second verse, my ears pricked up and what starts out sounding like a hook is actually the beginning of the verse.
“I be hatin’ sucka MC’s…and the sucka niggas…”
…and then that verse…Tip just knocked it outta the park…I just found it to be such a special verse anyway and the idea that he did it twice let me know that he felt the same way.
I never really wrote anything like that that made me wanna kick it twice, but I sure have aspired to. I approached the concept when ‘Lazarus, Part 2 (The Rising) was being written. Originally, it was just gonna be the one verse and that was it. I just loved the track SPStar came with so much that I went home and tackled putting together another verse to go with it. The beat was rolling too hard.
My first instinct was to do the same verse twice, a la ‘Sucka Nigga’, but I ended up coming up with a similar concept that allowed me to kinda do that, but add omn a bit.
Instead of doing the same verse, I do the same FLOW, with different words in teh two verses. If you listen, it should be readily apparent, but it’s not one of those things you would naturally listen for. It’s one of those things that hopefully gets you attention and makes you run the track back to make sure you are right about what you think you are hearing. ‘Rap dweeb’ stuff.
Lemme show you…
Verse 1 starts like this…
“Your crew and them, I should be pursuin’ em
Simply abusin’ em. SImply, I’m doin’ em..
Hit em so hard, you’ll be like “I’m suin’ him!”
Mixed blessing like a bus pass in Jerusalem…”
…and Verse 2 starts like this…
“Your boy and them? I should be destroyin’ em
Smart bombs, I’m deployin’ em. Tactics, employin’ em
Rusty, the real, there ain’t no soy in him.
I dog you out and make you think “How am I enjoyin’ him?”
Also, as closely as possible, the two verses mirror each other. If there is a movie reference in a spot on the first, I tried to have it in the corresponding bar in the second verse and so one and so forth. I mess around with it a bit.
It’s just a lotta fun to write in different ways and approach rap from angles where you are challenging yourself, as well as the listeners.
Aight, rawkawn…more later…