So one of the hottest new songs to drop recently is the mega-track Monster with Kanye, Jay-z, Nicki Minaj and a lil taste of Rick Ross. Now overall the song isn't bad, Ye's verse is alright, not as good as the one on "Run This Town" and I didn't think his was the best on that joint. Nicki has a monster verse-in length but the talk so far has been that hers was the best. I'll take a pause and take a deep breath before I delve into this one because as usual when forced to step up to the task, Jay murders this song.
The confusion comes from the fact that Nicki's verse is pretty solid with very little of her normal wackiness that makes no sense at all within the context of the song which normally fucks it up for me but the length has got people tripping. Let me put it point blank, the length of your verse does not make it the best. If you can put together a 16 like Jay did you don't need to give us 48 especially when your last 6 or so were just throw ins.
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Is that to say a long verse cannot be straight fire? Nah, check any of Canibus' old Clue freestyles or Joe Budden's song 10 minutes from his first album. Then you have Joell Ortiz on the D.O.A. beat. Today it seems substance is worth less than style or quantity. For example, Lil Wayne is a nice rapper, I'll give it to him, however all of his verses are interchangeable, meaning none of them mean anything in a combination with a song. Jay-Z on the other hand can do a verse, keep it short, sweet, on topic and truly have the impact you desire.
What are your thoughts on a long verse or a short and sweet one?