Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Sauce Kid Vs Nas – Thin Line Between Opinion And Disrespect

Outspoken Storm recording artiste Sauce Kid recently caused a stir on the internet when his disparaging remarks about American rapper, Nas landed him in hot water with the legendary rapper’s fans and hip-hop heads alike.

Comparing the Queens emcee’s recent body of work to his more critically (and commercially) acclaimed albums back in the 90’s, the rapper (himself most popular for his ’07 hit Yebariba Samboribo), bared his mind on the quality of Nas’ recent output.

Sauce Kid then went on to compare the Illmatic emcee’s legacy with his old foe Jay Z’s, pointing out that while nearly all the latter’s albums have been considered hip-hop classics, Nas has struggled to match up with the quality of his 1994 classic album Illmatic, adding that Nas’ music lost relevancy all together at the turn of the new millennium.

Sauce suspects Mr Jones might have expended so much energy in wrestling Jay Z to the ground in their lyrical heavyweight match of the early 2000s that when the victory bell was finally sounded, Nas simply had nothing more left in the tank.

To make matters even more interesting, Sauce Kid who is currently basking in the interest his Don Jazzy-produced single Under G has helped generate for his eternally-delayed debut album African American, openly boasted that if he and Nasty Nas were ever to be featured on the same record he’d give Nas a lyrical hiding.

Narcissistic he may be, but Sauce still thinks very highly of another emcee beside himself, his name’s is Ghetto P.  Ghetto is a Nigerian rapper and long time collaborator who Sauce featured on the hit single Yebariba Sanboribobo. Sauce Kid named Ghetto P as one of his Top 5 rappers, alongside rappers like Juelz Santana, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross in world hip-hop at the moment.

Not done with airing his unpopular opinions, Sauce Kid openly voiced his admiration for Young money rapper Tyga’s music, going as far as comparing it with Nasir Jones’. ‘Nas doesn’t rhyme well, Tyga flows better’, he said.

From that moment on, Sauce Kid became a breathing tweeting target and everybody and their mother, just took aim at him and fired. At first the humorous rapper took it in his stride, barely breaking sweat while returning fire at what seemed like every Nigerian old school hip-hop fan on twitter. But ultimately, all the bile in the air became too caustic for one man’s body to handle. The rapper with a tough exterior and tattoos for arms showed vulnerability for once, cracking and threatening to get off twitter for good.

Fortunately for his followers, Sauce Kid never came good on his threat and all is well once again in twitville, it’s almost as if nothing had happened. But many have been examining the debris left behind at the spot where it all went down and numerous issues have been raised.

So I ask – does Sauce Kid have a right to an opinion about Nasir Jones? Why, of course he does. I do, you do, and everybody does.  But in a competitive and super aggressive genre of music  like hip-hop, the moment an artiste decides to stick his neck out the window and go against one of his kind, he simply cannot complain when he gets shot and is left to bleed, lyrically. At either rate, a career built on a foundation of controversy will only last so many battles. Those who live by the sword… but I guess beef is really just a part of the game.

There is a thin line between simply airing your opinions and being downright disrespectful. What started out as Sauce Kid airing his views on a subject quickly escalated into disrespect for Nas and his legacy. This won’t be the first time the self-proclaimed ex-gang member would use his Blackberry as a weapon of sorts and his short caustic messages as cyber bullets either. And you know what? Something tells me that this won’t be the last, as well.

By Chiagoziem Onyekwena