Uncle Murda has finally dropped his highly anticipated annual "Rap Up" track, presenting a six-minute rollercoaster of clever commentary targeting a range of personalities, including André 3000, Sexyy Red, Gunna, and others.
Dropping on January 1, "Rap Up 2023" showcases the Brooklyn rap veteran weaving the drama and headlines of the past year into a lyrical recap that is both humorous and, in some instances, unapologetically direct.
In his take on André 3000's solo album New Blue Sun, Uncle Murda aligns himself with the sentiments expressed by figures like Joe Budden and DJ Vlad, making it clear that he's not particularly impressed. Over a sample of the 1983 hit “All Night Long” by the Mary Jane Girls.
The rapper also shares mixed feelings about rising star Sexyy Red, offering humorous commentary on her personal life. Addressing her alleged sex tape.
Turning to the YSL RICO trial, Uncle Murda calls on Young Thug to address allegations against Gunna, showcasing a blend of skepticism and acknowledgement of Gunna’s musical prowess. On the ongoing legal saga.
Uncle Murda doesn't shy away from other headline-grabbing topics, tackling everything from Remy Ma's alleged infidelity to Keke Palmer's claims of abuse, Jamie Foxx’s "medical complication," and much more. Notably absent is the sensitive issue of sexual assault lawsuits against Diddy, with Uncle Murda hinting at a potential address in a future "part two" of the track.
Uncle Murda's Unfiltered Reflection on 2023: A Year in Hip-Hop
Jamie Foxx's Close Call with Bad Coke
Murda kicks off his lyrical journey by discussing Jamie Foxx's rumored encounter with bad cocaine. With a mix of relief and humor, he expresses gratitude that Foxx survived the ordeal. Murda takes the opportunity to emphasize the risks of substance abuse, urging fellow artists to steer clear of dangerous substances.
"“Jamie Foxx sniffed some bad coke and almost died/ Probably had Fentanyl in it, I’m just glad he alive/ But these n-ggas gonna learn they gotta leave them drugs/ N-gga, Jamie Foxx came back looking like a fucking clone.”"- Uncle Murda
Blueface, Soulja Boy, and Relationship Drama
The rap veteran shifts his attention to Blueface and Soulja Boy, highlighting Blueface's bold claim of being the first rapper to be intimate with Soulja Boy's baby mother. Murda delves into the aftermath, suggesting Soulja Boy's subdued response hinted at genuine hurt. The commentary serves as a humorous take on the unpredictable twists of celebrity relationships.
"“Blueface the first rapper to fuck Soulja Boy baby mother/ She was in his video, he had the evidence/ Think about it, Soulja Boy been kinda quiet ever since/ He was tryna scream a little bit but that shit ain’t work/ Deep down inside you could see he was really hurt.”"- Uncle Murda
Young Thug, Gunna, and Legal Battles
Navigating through the ongoing legal drama surrounding Young Thug and Gunna, Uncle Murda calls for fairness and transparency. Touching on Young Thug's legal battles, he acknowledges the uncertainty surrounding Gunna's reputation and the ambiguous nature of the allegations. With a nod to Gunna's musical prowess, Murda adds a layer of complexity to the narrative.
"“Donald Trump got locked up, had to take a mugshot/He got the same district attorney bitch Young Thug got/ Free Young Thug or give him bail, let’s be fair/ He’s been going back and forth to court now for like three years/ Y’all really doing too much now, that’s a lot/ Young Thug’s n-ggas wanna know if Gunna rat or not/ Is he is or he ain’t, Young Thug just say this shit/ ‘Cause the album kinda hot but I don’t be wanting to play the shit.”"- Uncle Murda
Lil Baby, Troy Ave, and Rap Beefs
The "Rap Up" tackles rap beefs, including the strained relationship between Lil Baby and Gunna. Murda dives into diss tracks and allegations, emphasizing the intricacies of the hip-hop industry's competitive nature. He also revisits Troy Ave's courtroom appearance, reflecting on the blurred lines between street code and legal proceedings.
"“Troy Ave really went to court and got on the stand/ N-gga snitched on Taxstone ’cause he bodied his man/ You supposed to keep it in the streets, I hate when n-ggas tell on n-ggas/ I don’t fuck with Taxstone but I don’t be wishing jail on n-ggas/ Troy Ave lost his chain on that night all that shit happened/ But it was fake, seven years later found out Maino had it.”"- Uncle Murda
Joe Budden, Cardi B, and Personal Conflicts
Uncle Murda takes on personal conflicts within the industry, referencing Joe Budden's altercation with Taxstone and the subsequent fallout. The narrative unfolds with a humorous take on Joe Budden's critique of Drake's album and the ensuing drama. The commentary extends to Cardi B, Offset, and Blueface's controversial claims, adding a layer of entertainment to the interpersonal conflicts.
"“Crazy how n-ggas just be out here taking Ls/ Taxstone got Joe Budden punched in the face from jail/ Joe Budden had told Taxstone to suck a dick, so Taxstone got Joe Budden punched in his shit/ And Joe Budden said Drake album was wack this year/ Then Drake broke down Joe Budden’s whole rap career.”"- Uncle Murda
Megan Thee Stallion, Remy Ma, and Celebrity Scandals
Murda doesn't shy away from addressing celebrity scandals, including Megan Thee Stallion's public declaration of leaving her wild days behind. He also touches on Remy Ma's alleged infidelity, engaging the audience with a mix of gossip and witty remarks.
"“Meg Thee Stallion out here saying she no longer for the streets/ Tory got 10 years for shooting that ho in her feet/ She was out here fucking, I ain’t know she was that loose.”"- Uncle Murda
Nicki Minaj, Da Brat, and Relationship Dynamics
The "Rap Up" continues with insights into Nicki Minaj's album performance and her confrontations with industry figures. The narrative takes an unexpected turn with Da Brat's unconventional family dynamics, sparking both intrigue and amusement.
"“Nicki husband was really outside waiting on Offset/ Nicki did 220K when her shit dropped/ Meek and Ross did 31K, their shit flopped/ Elliott Wilson was saying a lot on Kai Cenat/ ‘Cause Nicki went on Kai platform when her shit dropped/ Elliott was like, ‘This not what Hip Hop about’/ Nicki told Elliott get JAY-Z dick out his mouth.”"- Uncle Murda
Teyana Taylor, Usher, and Relationship Woes
The rapper delves into celebrity relationships, shedding light on Teyana Taylor's decision to part ways with Iman Shumpert. He humorously emphasizes the missed opportunities for threesomes, adding a touch of satire to the analysis. The commentary extends to Usher's alleged role in Keke Palmer's relationship troubles, providing a glimpse into the tumultuous world of celebrity affairs.
"“Usher out here fucking up relationships, look at Keke Palmer and her baby father, he hate that bitch/ On top of that, she was in Usher’s video/ Usher had Keke out here looking like a silly ho/ Her baby father beat her up after all that/ N-ggas will fuck you up for hitting Keke, you better fall back.”"- Uncle Murda
Lizzo and Body Positivity
Uncle Murda concludes the "Rap Up" with a candid take on Lizzo and her approach to body positivity. He navigates the delicate subject, highlighting the contradictions in Lizzo's public statements. The commentary serves as a reflection on societal expectations and individual choices.
"“Lizzo out here calling bitches fat like she not fat/ That’s like the muthafucking pot calling the kettle black/ I seen them girls you was talking about while you tell ’em that/ I bet you your refrigerator filled up with hella snacks.”"- Uncle Murda
In true Uncle Murda fashion, the "Rap Up" for 2023 stands as a bold and unfiltered exploration of the year's highs and lows in the world of hip-hop. With its unique blend of humor, gossip, and insightful commentary, Murda's annual tradition remains a standout moment in the genre, offering fans a distinctive perspective on the events that shaped the year.