Ten Thirteen Fifteen Essential Yayo Songs that even the Most Uptight Piece of Shit Claiming to be a Hip-Hop Fan will Enjoy…FACT”
Be Clear- Marvin” Tony Yayo” Bernard is NOT the best rapper alive, or the next King of New York, or anything designated or attached to the words “amazing” and/or “rapper” in any combination. Yayo is a GOON– Too many stories have arisen to the contrary; from the Death of Busta’s Bodyguard to Shutting Down the Mixtape Awards to
Laying hands on allegedly slapping Jimmy Henchman’s Son, Marvin has been involved in every incident, and every incident has usually resulted in a beatdown, shooting, or death.
A Goon. A Shooter. The Muscle. A Street Nigga. Whatever.
But thats cool– Hip-Hop NEEDS Goons. Always has. Please understand: Goons are NOT Weed Carriers! Weed carriers are future rappers-in-waiting willing to take probation-level drug charges as long as they got leftover groupies, the second to last sip of expensive Liquors, and the possibility of an album release date. On the contrary, Goons, at all times, made it their responsibility to protect or enforce the will of the meal ticket– If your goon could rap on beat, consider that shit a bonus. Goons have been around since the beginning of hip-hop. KRS-One had Just-Ice. Nas had Jungle. Puff had Wolf. Jeezy has Slick Pulla. Hell, CamelGOAT was originally a goon for Jaz-O! Once he bossed up, he acquired such notable goons as Beanie Sigel and Tru Life. Goons, like the judiciary branch of the government, have traditionally maintained the balance of power in hip-hop between the rapping thug nigga, Wannabe thug nigga, and the Tight Pants Niggas.
And that’s cool.
But what does this have to do with music, you ask?
Easy. You, as a Hip-Hop fan, or culture member, or vulture, or Backpacker, or elitist
or whatever label you choose to place on yourself needs to chill the fuck out– not everything you listen to should be Multi-syllabic Knowledge of Self Swagged-Out Dance Craze Everyday Backpacker Man Emo Trap Hustling Based Hyphy Gangsta Rap (mix-and-match your own labels).
Variety is the spice of life, niggas.
Look–Yayo isn’t trying to dazzle you with his rap skills, or create overly-complicated music: His bread-and-butter is straight Hood Rich, NY Street Nigga shit– ski mask hoodie rap if you will. Understanding that is KEY to being able to sit down and enjoy Marvin’s music. Any attempt to add context beyond this is crippling to the experience, sorta like watching a Porno movie and wondering what the fuck the story is about.
Plus, Yayo knows who and what he is- Hell, he was gonna call his second Album “I am 50’s Tax Write Off“ (Brilliant, BTW) !!! Do you see Weed Carrier Emeritus Memphis Bleek having that level of understanding about his role and position? Hell Nah, that nigga is still out there repping “Get Low” Records. SMH. (RIP G-Baby, tho; And what the FUCK happened to Geda K???)
Therein the difference between Weed Carriers and Goons– Goon ALWAYS know their role, and they NEVER want to boss up– just like Yayo.
Ok seriously, tho- Yayo has TWO distinct skills that will allow you to make it through this little compilation:
1. Yayo has an amazing ear for beats. Seriously, click those links and tell me I’m lying… go head, I can wait… See? Quite a few niggas should let Marvin A&R they projects, particularly if they reside in the Tri-State area.
2. When Yayo is focused, he spits with a menace and creativity thats unrivaled for a mediocre rapper. See HERE, HERE, and HERE. Once again, I’ll wait… See what I mean? If the topic is there and its something he’s interested in, Yayo gets busy with the level of ignorance he brings to tracks. Revel in the Ignorance. Embrace the ignorance. That shits like the dark side of the Force, b.
Aight, we got it? Have you cut off the “Insert previously chosen labels here” part of your brain? Good.
So here it is- 13 Yayo songs released from 2009-2011 (During this time span, Yayo has dropped 12 (!!!) official projects) that I think would make even the most ardent Yayo hater into a Yayo appreciator (maybe not fan, but you’ll check for him again). All are original songs produced by Doe Pesci, Beat Butcha, The Beatnuts and Ty Fyffe (among others), and NONE have guests– All Yayo. That means no Faceoff, or Shooters for Hire, or Streets Keep Calling, or Gang Life, or Anything off Hawaiian Snow or GPG:2— All those songs deserve a listen, tho, and I’ll put together an absolute best of soon, currently entitled Library of an Underdog.
1. Catch 22 (Southside State of Mind)
2. Perception (El Chapo)
3. Preach On (Black Friday)
4. The Wall (GPG: Gun Powder Guru)
5. Catch a Body (S.O.D)
6. Now A Dayz (The Swine Flu)
7. It’s On (Public Enemies)
8. Mr. 12, 12, 58, 58 (S.O.D)
9. Recession (GPG3)
10. Thousand Grams (El Chapo)
11. Art of War (GPG: Gun Powder Guru)
12. Obama (GPG2)
13. Sleep Walk (Gangsta Grillz: Gangsta Paradise)
14. Tattoo (Bonus) (Unreleased 2010)
15. Mama (Bonus) (Unreleased 2010)