200 Or Less: Blueprint 3

Marooned in Marcy Projects. Kid hustler: grown ambition. Debuts to slow buzz. Finesse and grace belie inner Doubt. Four albums later, two classics. All his friends are dead.

Trendy but seasoned. King of New York? No one likes a monarch. Divine assignment. Progressively tyrannical. Mirrors a mafia, in name and destruction. Pacino fixations. Queens rival unearths past envy, weakens the throne. Still, dollars pile.

He won’t wear jerseys; he’s thirty-plus. Lingering “Ether” flares nostrils. But relevance trumps quality. Sponsors love it. Insecure icon begets imitative Italian. Brooklyn nostalgia punctuates.

Jordan metaphors are yet-fulfilled prophesies. Maybe you’ll love him when he fades. Spotted in St. Tropez. Bottle service and champagne flutes. Excuse me, Miss…married?

World tour, Coldplay, water for the Continent, Live 8, Minority Ownership, Kingdom Come, executive suite, Leering at landscape. Hardly photogenic.

Petty feuds dissolve. Hardcore swagger. Mid-life musing. Unsuited for introspection. American (Gangster). What’s Kanye up to? Forgets to text LeBron about soundtrack. They’ll catch up.

Oh! More classics! Redemptive leftism! Studio never seemed so small.

Crotchety formalist or unabashed trailblazer. You decide, of course. Afraid to run it back. Very afraid.

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3 Responses to “200 Or Less: Blueprint 3”


  1. 1 don rico September 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Yeah, Blood. Deep sh..oot, no doubt. Inviting layered inspection. And introspection. Guidance.

  2. 3 akie September 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    well said, man. i’m working up a review for perpetualpost.com right now. worried i may be too lenient with Brooklynites in general… and I’m DEFINITELY a crotchety formalist. to me, original Brooklyn flow will ALWAYS be the hardest, most funkiest, most rappiest.


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