Within days of each other, I received copies of the new Murs album (out now) and the new Busta Rhymes album (out June 13)… both are good, for very different reasons. But what is also very different is a track on each that shares an appreciation for a particular hometown. For Murs, it’s Los Angeles with his track “L.A.” For Busta, it’s his love for NYC on “New York Shit.” It’s almost like a rap tug-of-war over which city is the city. So, here’s a side-by-side comparison of some of the boasts:
Busta Rhymes, “New York Shit”
“Yeah! I’m on my New York shit/ Got the world followin the New York script/ Hustle with Tims and hoodies on my New York flip/ Rubberband stack money with my New York clique/ Yeah! I’m on my New York shit/ I rep the Giants, the Jets, New York Knicks/ Tailor-made clothing with my New York stitch.”
“Home of the pornos/ We mess up award shows/ The weather’s always warm so the women wear short clothes/ Our beaches ain’t the cleanest, but our… is the greenest/ Silicone or real it don’t matter if she paid for it/ Every single trend, you can probably thank L.A. for it.”
So, who wins? Busta’s song works better in the club, but Murs delivers better lyrics and, thus, a better argument. So, it’s a toss-up, but Murs wins by a hair.