Nas featuring Busta Rhymes
Today’s song of the day features a tag team between two of the hip-hop game’s most legendary emcees. Fried Chicken was released on Nas’ most recent album, which, after Def Jam disapproving of the proposed title of “Nigger,” is ironically entitled “Untitled.” The album as a whole employs a somewhat satirical approach to highlight the evident discrimination African Americans have faced since the conception of our nation. Fried Chicken is a truly genius track, as Nas and Busta use personification and exaggeration to enforce a widespread stereotype, rather than try to refute it. “Like Greek with his falafel, Italian with his tomato pasta, what roachie is to a Rasta.” Prejudice is nothing more than fear of differentiation – every culture has subtleties, it’s time to start embracing them! I could write an essay on this, but I’ll leave it at that. Enjoy the track.