Rapper explains why Jay-Z is ‘The Wire,’ Nas is ‘Breaking Bad’

And it's 100 percent accurate.

Mar 2, 2020, 1:59 pm*



Chase Hoffberger

With former Little Brother rapper Phonte Coleman’s new project Love In Flying Colors now out, the North Carolina wordsmith has little else to do besides stir up controversy and try to get his name in as many people’s minds as possible, in hopes that they’ll go out and listen to his album.

In the hip-hop world, there’s really no better method for that (besides getting arrested) than going on a long Twitter tangent equating various television shows to rappers in the world.

The whole operation started on Monday when Phonte decided to equate Jay Z to The Wire and longtime rival-turned-best-buddy Nas to Breaking Bad.

That comparison extended for a while, with Phonte saying Jay Z was like The Wire because “in terms of what he’s accomplished as a whole throughout his career, dude really is the Greatest” despite the fact that he’d rather listen to Nas rap “at any given moment.”

The whole analogy got him thinking, eventually bringing Phonte to the conclusion that Rakim, the great Long Island rapper long considered the godfather of modern rap, is “The Sopranos” because “He laid the foundation and all the great are standing on his shoulders.”

Good point, Phonte. Best to keep this whole thing going. 

At this point, it’s quite clear that Phonte watched a whole lot of TV. 

This one’s my favorite:

You know he had to put himself in there:

Now that that’s done, let’s get one thing clear: Phonte nailed each and every one of these descriptions—both for the TV shows and the rappers. That description of The Cosby Show and Tribe Called Quest? Genius! The dig on Lupe Fiasco: entirely accurate!

Phonte Coleman: let us put this man on a TV camera and task him with comparing apples to oranges every day.

H/T Rubdown/Tumblr | Photo via Phonte/Facebook

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*First Published: Oct 2, 2013, 12:18 pm