MC Ren has long been one of my favorite emcees, and stays near the top of my All-Underrated list. He was good on most of the things I’ve heard, but he had one verse that just crushed everything I’d heard from him: his verse on CPO’s Ballad of a Menace. The funny thing about it is, the thing I remember most about this verse is when I was watching the video and my mom came by talmbout, “Talkin’ about how bad he is…bad-lookin’, that’s about it!
This is the ballad of a menace
Ren will finish and diminish
All the suckers that thought they could flow like me that was in this
Society wishes for my death or my downfall
But they playin theyself as if they playin some roundball
Cuz I’m terrorizing the territory I’m steppin’ on
Endangerin’ citizens when I’m keepin my weapon on
I hit like a psycho cuz to me it was pitiful
I just got word the Ruthless Villain was critical
Let’s get it straight: the ones that want some can come with that
Illiterate motherfuckers, I’ll make you look dumb with that
Stumble and fumble cuz I’ma crush til you crumble
So you can stutter and stutter but keep it down to a mumble
MC Ren is never taken as a sucker
In other words, I’m a bad motherfucker!
So next time I walk your street you should know
To lock your door and close your windows
And if you was thinkin that protection could stop me
It takes a continent fulla niggas to drop me
And for me to be vicious, yo, it’s valid
While I’m producing and conductin the ballad of a motha-fuckin menace!