Memphis Bleek on Whether Eminem or Jay-Z Had a Better “Renegade” Verse


Memphis Bleek was asked to share his thoughts on a years-old debate that devoured hip-hop in 2001 and years to come: Did Eminem wash Jay-Z over his own song, “Renegade?

“Alright Bleek, you’re an honest man, you’re a loyal man,” Justin Credible said on his self-titled new podcast, finally asking Bleek his “opinion on who had a better verse on ‘Renegade’.”

“Man, you’re really trying to spark some drama,” Bleek replied. Rap fans and even Nas said at the time that Em beat Hov on the Plan track, but Bleek said he thought Jay’s bars had aged better than Em’s.

“Everybody, of course, I feel like some of the songs that Jay recorded are going over people’s heads, like they didn’t at the time,” Bleek said. “For me, the streets and everyone, public opinion of course, says Eminem, right? At this moment. Go back and listen to this record today, I bet you’ll agree it’s Jay. ‘Cause, you know, Jay was talking about something that was so far [ahead] from what you even understood or understood that you didn’t know what he was talking about.

He continued, “So for me of course, and it’s not biased, at that time I also thought Eminem had the best verse. But coming back and listening to music as you got older, you could see that it was equal. It’s not a better verse, it’s just a wonderful song.

‘Renegade’ was the 12th track on Jay-Z’s legendary sixth album The plan and was certified gold by the RIAA. The song was produced by Eminem and earned a spot on its own bestseller Reminder: successes Compiled in 2005.

Em, 49, is currently preparing to quit Curtain call 2which he announced on July 11 will include work from 2009 Relapse beyond, including guest appearances, soundtrack contributions, and more. The project is set to arrive on August 5.

Hov, 52, recently said he wasn’t retired, but he didn’t have a follow-up to the 2017 excellent either. 4:44 on the bridge. “I’m not actively making music, making an album or planning to make an album, but I never want to say I’m retired,” Jigga told Kevin Hart. “It’s a gift, so who am I to close it?” And it can have a different form or interpretation. Maybe it’s not an album, maybe it is. I have no idea, but I’ll just leave it open.

Watch the full interview with Memphis Bleek above, where he also talks about his upcoming Verzuz battle it out against Juelz Santana, or stream it below with Spotify. The “Renegade” speech begins just after 1:12:00.

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