Fighting Derrty

Huey: Down on Nelly, or down with the Laws?
Huey: Down on Nelly, or down with the Laws?
Huey: Down on Nelly, or down with the Laws?
I'm the real definition of hip-hop

Lost your whole pocket when that Vokal shit flopped.

Local rapper Huey, of "Lock Pop And Drop It" fame, has the Godfather of St. Louis hip hop in his sights with his recent Nelly dis, "Down, Down Baby."

But wait, he's not done!

Might just as well kill two birds with one stone I'm gonna murder J-Kwon in the same song In the club with the Cristal popping Only derrty I like is when DJ Cristal poppin'

What gives? Well, Huey tells that at Jive Records' suggestion he asked Nelly about collaborating on his debut album, Notebook Papers.


When he found out I got my deal, he didn't congratulate or anything. I met him at Club Toxic and the label wanted me to reach out to get features from other established artists from St. Louis. So I asked him and he basically said, "Look here dirty, it's not gonna happen. Especially with this being your first album, it's not gonna happen." It's crazy because I can go out of town and get love but when I go home I can't get the same respect? But he's small talk.

So maybe Huey's pissed about the club snub. But maybe, just maybe, he's playing the game according to Robert Greene's The 48 Laws of Power, a book followed by such hip-hop luminaries as Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, DJ Premier (who has a line from the book tattooed on his arm) and 50 Cent, who's reportedly working on a book with Greene entitled The 50th Law.

Specifically, Huey's hewing to Law 8, which in part states: "Make other people come to you -- use bait if necessary." In other words, Greene writes, "When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous gains -- then attack. You hold the cards."

Huey's strategy -- if indeed it is a strategy -- appears to be working. Nelly just released a retaliatory (if flaccid) Huey dis, "Cut It Out," featuring Pimp C and Sean P.

Got a Buick that's green, the same color my snot Lil Daddy you ain't the shit, you might as well get off the pot There's a new St. Louis? Yeah that's funny But I'ma stick with the old, the new don't make enough money.

Lazy in his old age, Nelly is transgressing several of Greene's 48 Laws. Among them, Law 36, which states in part: "By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him."

Nelly's also violating Law 18, which advises the powerful not to build fortresses, because "isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from -- it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target." And Law 26, which advises the powerful to keep their hands clean: "Seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds. Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat's-paws to disguise your involvement."

It doesn't stop there. Nelly's breaking several more of The 48 Laws of Power, but as Huey spits in "Down, Down, Baby," that's about all the King of STL hip-hop is breaking these days.

"City Spud was the closest to a lunatic," Huey raps in "Down, Down Baby." "Y'all just some crazy-ass rappers who ain't shooting shit."

-Malcolm Gay

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