When the #BookofRhymes club chose Born to Use Mics as our monthly read for the month of April, I was sooo excited. A book about Nas, unquestionably one of the greatest wordsmiths of all time and Illmatic...what could possibly go wrong, right?
A whole lot, apparently. Particularly when scholars over analyze hip hop and fail to root the conversation in aspects of the genre that true fans find of interest. One of the authors actually engages in ‘lyricsplaining’ one of my favorite tracks on the album, It’s Yours in Chapter Four:
“...immediately following the "It's Yours" sample, Pete Rock begins the hook by singing the question, "Whose world is this?" To which Nas immediately replies, "The world is yours. The world is yours.”
You get the idea.
The #BookofRhymes club featuring Porsha, Kil, Vince, Tone and Yours Truly, really break this book down without hesitation.