Jay-Von Gets His Roc-A-Fella On With Two New Freestyles | @Vonzilla @DJMoSama Bradford J. Howard May 17, 2018 MP3s, Music Jay-Z’s “So Ghetto” and Kanye West’s “Last Call” offer a chance for Jay-Von to freestyle over back-to-back Roc-A-Fella classics. Jay-Von may hail from The Mo, but like any rap purist, he can tell you how good of a place hip-hop was in back when The Roc ran things. The Picture My Vision emcee hasn’t let up on his campaign to drop a new Freestyle every Friday; and he began the month of May by paying homage to Roc-A-Fella Records in back-to-back weeks. It’s the first time in a minute that one might be able to make out a “method” behind Von’s selection of beats to go to work on, beyond just knowing what his strengths are. Vonzilla chooses two of the Roc’s most known emcees: Shawn Corey Carter and Kanye West. He travels back down memory lane, DJ MoSama overseeing the whole thing, and takes the listener with him on both tracks. Jay-Z’s “So Ghetto,” a sleeper cut off ‘In My Lifetime, Vol. 3,’ was Von’s first target – which, being honest, Jay remaking Jay had to happen at one point. George Young and Relli pair up on the “So Ghetto Freestyle,” reviving DJ Premier’s timeless blues-into-the-piano beat quite nicely. The “So Ghetto Freestyle” has Jay-Von returning to his exhibition in wordplay approach. The first verse alone has Von chain-linking rappers with their album titles (Jadakiss and ‘Kiss The Game Goodbye,’ for example, and Jaden Smith and ‘ICON’). He may “feel like I gotta win,” but that doesn’t mean he can’t have fun in the process, right down to comparing the tough journey of getting out of the hood to how tough the NBA’s Western Conference is. Von’s second target? “Last Call,” Kanye’s ‘College Dropout’ outro cut that had punchlines for days. In light of Kanye’s recent antics, one might wonder which direction Jay-Von would go with it. Would he diss Kanye? Would he describe missing the old ‘Ye? Kanye’s original was nearly twelve minutes long, but Jay-Von needs only a fourth of that time to make his points clear. “I’m so great, you self-hate – big difference, like ‘Big Pimpin’,” Jay-Von raps, directing his jabs at anyone deserving while name-dropping Jay-Z once more. He nods towards the honest moments we remember about Kanye in his prime, too, like race observations and overspending on the material things. It’s nice to know that a man who calls himself “Ghetto as a motherf*cker,” is just as confident to liken himself to the kids on MasterChef. Take a listen to Jay-Von’s “Go Ghetto Freestyle” up top and “Last Call Freestyle” below. Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.