Easily one of the most anticipated tracks off Rick Ross‘s upcoming God Forgives, I Don’t (we’ll have to reuse this line when “Crushed Pineapple” finally leaks), “3 Kings” finds the big Bawse drawing a hand from two of the rap game’s most regal, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. Rozay has long been teasing this team-up as the “biggest collaboration in hip-hop,” and it’s easy to see why. On the track, each of the three take a turn recounting their rise to glory. For Dre, there were days mopping floors before he made it “front row at the awards.” Ross’ “twenty-stack seats at the Heat game” are a long way from the weed game he used to run. And Jay? He’ll have you know that before he and Oprah were BFFs, he was shopping at T.J. Maxx. The three certainly deserve a beat as soulful and triumphant as the one Jake-One made them, as well as the acclaim their meeting is sure to earn. It does seem fair to ask, though, because they put it out there: are they three really kings?
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Dre leads the track with a claim that he’s been “number one twenty years strong,” but — save for a scatter-shot of tracks featuring everyone from Akon to Eminem to Kendrick Lamar — most of what we’ve heard from him in the last decade has been about his Beats By Dre headphones, the very ones he insists (two times) you “listen to this beat on.” And so maybe he’s still shilling, but he raps hungry, too, sounding eager to make this turn on a big track count. He was an unlikely choice in 2012 for “king,” but maybe this is the showing he needed to get back on the royal track.
And as for Jay, he suggests that you “play this s*** while you play around with my crown.” He’s been talking throne for a long while now, and it’s generally understood why. Going twice as long as the others, he let’s the beat drop and claims mid-verse that, “You ain’t gotta keep this Khaled, it’s just a freestyle.” He goes on to mimic a revving engine and to shout out baby Blue, sounding boastful but easy about it like he’s been boasting for a long time.
What do you think? Are these guys kings? Or is this just a good track?