Jay Z, Pusha T, and Big Daddy Kane Bring The 80s Back On “Reagan Era Chronicles”

jay z via returnofkings.com, pusha t via defjam.com, big daddy kane via okayplayer.com

N*ggas wanna bring the 80s back
That’s okay with me, that’s where they made me at
—Jay Z, Blue Magic

Just looking at this one on paper is enough to get those eardrums ready. Jay Z is the poster boy for the trap star turned rap star with a penchant for being a bit flamboyant in his presentation. He’s lasted through the many phases of hip-hop over the past 20 years and still remains one of the most relevant artists in the game today. He’s done so by combining his learnings from his time in the streets with his natural knack for tying words together. The bird talk is probably what he does best, most recently evidenced by the nostalgic verse he laid on Jeezy’s “Seen It All” that even Funk Flex couldn’t hate on.

The only rapper out here that can match Jay’s vivid dope boy chronicles and ingenious wit is Pusha T. The two have collaborated indirectly via Kanye West’s “So Appalled,” but these two need to get together and let synergy take place on a track of their own. Where Jay Z tells the drug dealer’s tale from the perspective of a boastful and reminiscent one whose successfully made it out of the game, Pusha tells us stories as if they happened just a week ago with an element of darkness and a sinister delivery.

Niggas wanna bring the 80s back
That’s okay with me, that’s where they made me at
—Jay Z, Blue Magic

Their rap styles are very similar as well. They are pure lyricists that look to get their messages across with their words in the most creative ways possible. Pusha acknowledged this about Jay when he spoke on his ¨No Flex Zone¨ freestyle where he declared himself ¨the new Hov.¨

¨I’m just following that mold. I feel like when it comes to my taste level and my intricacies of rap, I’m on par with that. That’s how I’m molding my whole everything.¨ – Pusha T, XXL.

And the proof is in the bars. Both rappers are masters of the double entendre. Here are some examples from their lone song together, ¨So Appalled.¨

I lost 30 mil, so I spent another 30
Cause unlike Hammer, thirty million can’t hurt me
Fucking insane, the fuck am I saying?
Not only am I fly, I’m fucking not playing
– Jay Z turns the word “plane” into a triple homophone (playing/plane/plain) to tell us that he’s in tip top shape for this rap sh*t. 

An arrogant drug dealer, the legend I become
CNN said I’d be dead by 21
Blackjack, I just pulled an ace
As you looking at the king in his face
– Pusha T uses the rules from the card game Blackjack to celebrate defying the odds of the average black male in his circumstance. 

The two move in the same circles as Kanye West and Pharell Williams, who have probably been the most important producers in either of their careers. So while this hasn’t happened yet, I’m sure we’ll get it in the future.

The only thing that will make it complete is something organic and reminiscent of the lates 80’s/early 90’s crack era. Someone that would bring an element of ¨nosestalgia¨ to the track. Someone that was a spectacle for his own flamboyance, yet respected because of his skills.

Big Daddy Kane. Kane was an innovator of the slick styles that Push and Jay have perfected. His influence reached far beyond the music as he is also partly responsible for high top fades and four finger rings. To bring us a little closer to that crack-era flow a Big Daddy Kane feature would further authenticate a Jay and Push’s collaboration and create a sweet moment in hip hop history.

Fun fact: prior to stardom, Jay Z used to perform during breaks at some of Big Daddy Kane’s shows while Kane would go back and change in between songs.

So they’re clearly of the same ilk, move in the same circles, and have been on a song together with positive results. The stars have aligned more than once so I’m scratching my head as to why this hasn’t happened yet. Let’s hope that it’s on the horizon and they’re thinking as wishfully as we are and get Kane in the mix. Until then…

Why haven’t they collaborated yet?

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