Method Man, Joey Bada$$ & J.I.D. Go Nuts On One Of The Year’s Best Collabos
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This morning (November 26), J.I.D. released DiCaprio 2. It marks the second project that the Atlanta, Georgia native dropped since signing with J. Cole’s Dreamville label. While Heads already got the Cole-assisted “Off Deez,” there is another high-profile collaboration inside the LP named after the Hollywood star (and avid Hip-Hop fan). “Hot Box” involves Method Man and Joey Bada$$. The chemistry bubbles between MCs from different eras and regions, all in the interest of bodying beats. The host spits first, focusing the song on what else but rollin’ up. “I’m finna hit the zip lick for zip-lock bags, so keep your lip zipped / Sh*t poppin’ like 10 zits, I got a little weed oil / Pull it when the pen lit, that’s a good drag / He be high off it in a minute, and that’s a good bag / I got it from my Cali plug and she’s a dentist / Back in the book bag, I roll it, light it / No look pass, that’s too gassy, sulfuric acid / Girl you nasty, now the lips of this spliff is, like, wet as sh*t from your lipstick.” The nimble lyricist takes the listener on a journey with his loud pack.
Rapping next, Method Man references some mid-’90s hits from his legendary catalog. “M-E-T-H Ayy, look Light a booger up, wedgie in the butt, yep, we pulling up / My cup runneth over, theirs ain’t full enough / They bad, but that ain’t good enough / They mad ’cause they ain’t half of what I’m cookin’ up / Taraji out in line, giving cookies a plug in my supply / Need a jumper cable, why? / Gon’ hook me up, the devil is a lie / Who won’t shush me up, I heard he got that fire / Gon’ kush me up, I’m gone / Push me up, mister how high, that I can kiss the sky.” The Wu-Tang lyricist (whose Meth Lab II arrives December 11) has fun with the speed of his flow as well as the wordplay. Badmon, who takes the song’s chorus, closes out the puff-puff-pass rhyme cypher. “I smoke on the regular, you smokin’ that Reginald / Look y’all ain’t ready for this, I’m back spasmin’ / Chain too heavy, it’s giving me back spasm / Pardon the sarcasm, inside it’s all pessim’ / I rides the beat until it have a bar-gasm, pregnant pause / B*tch I might shoot the club up / I’m way too raw, I’m going in without a rubber / I’m smokin’ on this fire batch, it got me raisin’ hell / While I hold this Mac-11 screaming ‘f*ck 12.’” While J.I.D. uses basketball for his smoking metaphor, Joey Bada$$ compares rapping to sex. The track is produced by Skhye Hutch (Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Logic) as well as Zorro.
In addition to one of 2018’s finest collaborations, the playlist features other music from J.I.D. and Method Man. Additionally, there are new songs by Anderson .Paak, Black Thought, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz, Mac Miller, Buddy, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Buddy, Childish Gambino, Action Bronson, Drake, Nas, Jay Rock, Westside Gunn, Kanye West & Kid Cudi, Pusha-T, Lil Wayne, Bun B, Dave East, Royce 5’9 (and his group PRhyme), Phonte, Masta Ace & Marco Polo, J. Cole, Logic, Trippie Redd, Kendrick Lamar, Black Milk, and a host of others.
#BonusBeat: J.I.D.’s highly-entertaining DiCaprio 2 trailer. The MC puts himself in some of Leonardo DiCaprio’s most iconic roles: