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Verses - We in it Together Vol. 1 by @ACaseOnline

Verses - We in it Together Vol. 1 by @ACaseOnline

Jay Z  - Sweet

"I'm even better, I'm eating better
Best thing about it is, my niggas eating together
With each endeavor
We reaching levels, niggas ain't seen in like forever
I'm Hyman Roth I make all my partners rich
I can vouch for you, if you ain't a part of this"

If you know anything about me, or the majority of my peers we are huge Jay Z fans. I know, for some of you the very mention of his name almost seems redundant, but let's face facts Jay had always been the litmus test for greatness. However "Verses" isn't about Jay, it's about the key lyrics that I've come across time and time again and I have chose to start at the top. 

The idea when it comes to hip-hop and it's family is when you make it we all make it. This is the same idea in sports when the local high school blue chip prospect makes his college choice or jumps to the pros and puts your city "on the map". The universal sense of accomplishment and access is "supposed" to be shared among your family and friends but is that really the case? 

 

Drake - Stay Scheming

"You wasn't with me shooting in the gym"   

Ah, there goes clarity, are we really supposed to share in the spoils if you weren't there putting in the countless hours of time and effort into perfecting my craft? That line became an instant classic between realist who believe no one should benefit from their individual efforts, that even if my family tries to use my name or stature to their own selfish behalf I will cut them at the knees. I did this, I created this and no one, not even you mom, wife, brother, father, can take this away from me. SO that leads to this question, who's right?

I think there is a parallel between success of an individual and success with a group. Yes, of course you put in the hours but what was the motivation? Was it "Mom's Praying" or "We Gon' Make It" or was it "All That I Got Is You" or "Dear Mama"?  Most of us, if not all of us, were motivated by what we seen on TV or our unfortunate upbringing. The struggle is often romanticized through the melodious rhythm of life's saddest symphony. Hip-Hop in it's purest form, is a compelling open letter to the world providing a glimpse through the roughest places without you actually ever having to experience first hand. "Verses" will take an in depth look at those key moments in time, from romance, tragedy, triumphs, failures and heartbreak. Hopefully I can open the window to these fragments in time wide the fuck open and give you a deeper look into why we love this music so much.

 

"Thank God for Hip-Hop" - Nas

 

Welcome to Verses!

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