Just when I thought the day could not be salvaged, there comes news of a new track called “What You Talkin Bout (I Ain’t Your Average Cat)” by Philadelphia rapper and onetime Roc-A-Fella family member Beanie Sigel, who’s pissed off that Jay-Z doesn’t want to be his friend anymore or something. The song’s based on the hook from the unimpeachable Blueprint 3 opener “What We Talking Bout”, and the most substantial gripe here, or at least the final straw, seems to be that Jay called the cops to have Sigel removed from the front row of a recent show in Philadelphia. And maybe that Jay wouldn’t give him his blessing when Sigel had the opportunity to sign another more lucrative deal with a different label? Who knows.
Halfway through the seven-minute track, the rhyming (which is actually pretty great while it lasts) comes to an end, and Sigel just starts straight-up ranting like a deranged stalker or a scorned former lover. “You didn’t come see me in jail!” “Didn’t even write me a letter!” “You never buy me chocolate and why won’t you take out the garbage on your own, or pick up your own clothes off the floor, or mow the fucking lawn without me having to beg you, and do you even appreciate it when I cook dinner for you?!?!?!” Not a good look at all, Beanie. Listen to the track below, while marveling at how super nice Jay’s sweater is.