Flint Michigan is known for hoopers and hard times. Jon Connor is ready to make it known for hard rhymes. Connor grabs Saigon and Consequence to send a “Message” to all wack rappers out there. Connor has been on a tear recently with release after release, gaining momentum by bodying beat after beat. Sai got a new lease on life with news that he’s actually get to tell The Greatest Story Never Told, and Consequence is ripping everything he’s touched this year.
The drum pattern is aped from “Hey, Last Minute,” originally used by Big Daddy Kane on the classic “Long Live The Kane.” The drums are with piano stabs and subtle, faint guitars and wild ass wails and ad libs. The beat is designed for spazzing.
Connor opens with a barrage of manipulation, bending and twisting words in a rapid-fire stream of consciousness. Connors employs internal rhyme scheme, homonyms and sick word play that comes in waves that hit you as soon as you digest the last line you caught. In the first line alone there is allegory to the Prohibition and alleges that other rappers don’t have his credentials on the mic or in the hood. If Connor keeps coming like this they will be calling him the Terminator rather than the son of Sarah.
Saigon slows it down, giving your ears a chance to take it all in. The streets have been clamoring for his leadership and his representation. He’s worried about losing control and going back to the pen, where he wouldn’t be worth much to anybody. The boy got a chip on his shoulder, rapping , “I’ll still body you beat the sh-sh-shit outta you, go to your wake and beat the shit out of whoever say bye to you.” Word.
Consequence has strong presence on this track. He ain’t too happy about getting his Grammy cred in the form of a piece of paper rather than the gold statue, but he’s taking that out on weak ass rappers. “I hate to be blunt like Mic Geronimo and Irv, but the flow is like Guantanamo with sentence being served.” Yeah. It’s like that.
Three rappers going ham over a hard, no frills beat. Sometimes you don’t need an overarching meaning or anything else to make a song pop. If you are lacking in skill don’t let any of these cats catch you slipping. Get the “Message?”
Jon Connor Feat. Saigon and Consequence-”Message”
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