By Rahman Dukes
Shyne Po has been on a tear since his return to the rap game last Monday. The Brooklyn shotta shook up the world with the gritty track "Messiah," where he proclaims he got the "city on his back." That week, Po released a myriad of freestyles tearing down just about every notable radio banger (including Rihanna's chart-topping "Rude Boy").
On Thursday night (April 22), I was sitting in the lab getting a little NBA action going when I heard bombs dropping as if I were in a battlefield draped in fatigues. War? Never that. Instead, it was the signature sound of Funkmaster Flex giving his rubber stamp of approval on Shyne's track "Messiah." From there, he went into "Unthinkable." I got the feeling New York was on the verge of a resurgence, and Po indeed has the city on his back.
This week, the native Belize lyricist showed no signs of slowing down. Po dropped a number of remixes, including his own stab at Fat Joe and Jeezy's "(Ha Ha) Slow Down," Rihanna's "Rockstar 101" and the scathing diss record aimed at 50 Cent "There Will Be Blood."
In the classic film "King of New York," Christopher Walken is warned, "You think you're gonna live long enough to spend that money, you f---ing hump?" And just as Walken's reaction spoke for itself, Po makes it lyrically clear to a certain wealthy MC that jail bars no longer keep the two New York giants apart.
"Drink some thug juice and some 'whut whut' punch/ Now they apes and gorillas/ F---ing chipmunks," he raps. Shyne even goes as far back dialing in the prestigious Malcom X on the hook: "You don't have a revolution in which you love your enemy. And you don't have a revolution in which you are begging the system of exploitation to integrate you into it. Revolution overturns system. Revolutions destroys systems. A revolution is bloody."
I've been in touch with Po on a daily basis, and I can assure you he's not going anywhere. Expect to hear more from that man on this platform in the coming weeks.
"You're welcome — you're all welcome!"