Nas has always been among rap’s lyrical elite. Over the past few years, has genius has been recognized by Hip-Hop’s current ruling class. YMCMB has featured him on both Lil Wayne’s mega-selling The Carter IV and Tyga’s debut studio album Careless World: Rise of the Last King. Nicki Minaj kissed him in the video for “Right By My Side.” Even Waka Flocka Flame, whose lyrically regressive style would seem to be the polar opposite of what Nas stands for, names the QB legend in his personal all-time top five. Of all these latter day admirers, only one has effectively bridged the gap from fan to collaborator: Ricky Ross. Rosay has logged a number of effective collaborations with the Nas over the last 3 years, none of which have been lackluster. In fact, these two bring out the very best in each other. Their latest paring, a new single from Life is Good titled “Accident Murderers,” continues their winning streak.
Powered by robust church organs and the drum roll from Biz Markie’s immortal "Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz," “Accident Murderers” represents a clash of musical sensibilities. Its southeastern gospel music meets Northeastern golden era Hip-Hop. The lyrics speak on a tragic yet darkly amusing concept I first encountered as New York State Correction Officer. Stray bullets often hit unintended targets. This often results the “wrong people” being killed. Nevertheless, the shooter will still try to gain cool points by bragging about these accidental killings as though they were intentional. However, real killers can see through the subterfuge. Likewise, Nas and Ross ridicule such posturing. It’s yet another way for rappers to question one another’s street cred, but if it’s effectively rendered, who cares? In a way, "Accident Murderers" plays like a loose sequel to "I Gave You Power," covering the same story from a different angle. The song has the immediacy of church sermon, delivered by one of the greatest rappers ever. Score one more for Nasty Nas and Ricky Rosay.