It Was All Good Just 7/8 Years Ago
“Average Cat” is just sad. Beans should have either gone for Jigga’s jugular or just left this dispute between him and the Roc-A-Lawyers. The Game opened the door for these scorned lover rants disguised as diss records and that ain’t cool to be.
But the problem is bigger than just the public airing of family drama, it’s that Beans mistook the Roc for family at all. (Jay predictably responded by talking business.) But can you blame him. Listening to all these old freestyles it certainly sounds like a familial bond Maybe Jay changed his pitch up when he became a business icon a few years later. Or maybe he was just a great actor. Whatever the case these tapes remain some of the better radio ciphers of the decade.
Shouts to whoever ripped these back then, in all their 128 kbps glory. Hit the jump for more commentary and the rest of the video clips of the first session, courtesy of Cipha Sounds.
First up is the legendary Funk Flex session where Jay brought all of State Prop, Bleek and someone named H Moneybags through the studio. The highlight is probably the 17 minute endless “Quiet Storm” freestyle, which is preceded by one of the greatest Beans moments of all time, and maybe the best embodiment of his persona, when he scolds Flex for playing “happy beats” like “Nas Is Like,” which has “too many flutes.” I believe this was recorded the summer before Blueprint? I distinctly remember being at a Taco Bell drive through when it aired and freaking out.
Next State Prop, sans Jay, is back on Flex and throwing shots not only at Nas on behalf of Mr. Carter, but also at The Lox/D-Block. If you’ll recall Jada had called out the entire city of Philadelphia as style biters in an issue of XXL, which sparked that whole thing. Amends have since been made, resulting in the ironic turn of Beans first spitting “Average Cat” during a Jada set in Philly.
Lastly are some less often heard verses from the click up on Angie’s show (unyoutubable), taped after Nas went and threw his hissy fit on Power 105 after Hot banned his planned mock lynching of Jay from Summer Jam. It might be the least inspiring of the batch, but it still has its moments. Jay kicks a few verses that would end up on BP2.