An Open Letter To Beanie Sigel

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Ya Heard?!?!

Published on June 29, 2011 with 1 Comment

Dear B. Mac,

It’s been a while since we’ve heard some new material from you, and that’s a pity. Back in the heayday of The Dynasty you were the top-tier, next to Jay-Z, on Roc-A-Fella. You held enough weight around the office to secure an audition for a buddy from back in Philly, a remarkable rapper by the name of Freeway. Together with him and Jay you created the blueprint for soulful rap albums that ranged from slightly melancholic, introverted joints to hard-knocking bangers and back. With Just & Kanye providing beats you created songs many consider new school rap classics and were a key part of the ROC aesthetic. Then the whole thing fell apart.

We know Jay & Dame broke up, and both probably made less than great decisions. But you know a lot more of the particulars than I do, so I’ll reserve my judgement, though I feel sure somebody could write a thick and engaging book on the eventual death of the dynasty. Despite your hard work and talent, you got thrown out with the bathwater, and you’ve been very vocal about the blame you lay at Jay’s feet for this. As a matter of fact, you were so vocal about it that it became tiresome, and even after persisting for somewhere around two years, you still weren’t done. Jay responded not once, he didn’t even care enough to throw out a single line mentioning your name about it. It seemed to consume all your writing though, and it became embarassing in the process, no matter how justified your grudges might’ve been. Even worse than that, it held back your career. You confessed to XXL to have recorded an album full of diss-songs detailing the whole situation and airing your frustrations, but decided against releasing them. Smart move, Beans. Then XXL put up a headline above the talk they had with you. They said you apologized.

You responded to the article in the video I’ve posted above. You denied apologizing and once again jumped headlong into your old, tired, game. You might’ve thought you’ve heard a gust of wind after that interview. It wasn’t. It was the collective sigh of rap fans worldwide. Not this again.

Just stop it Mr. Sigel. Please. You’re a talented guy, and people want to hear your music, but keep going on like this and they’ll think you’ve turned into a parody of yourself. You may blame the media for this, bloggers, radio DJs, magazines, but you know what? If you don’t want to talk about it then don’t. ‘No comment’ will suffice. Remember your homie Freeway? The one you put on? Did you pay attention to what he did? He was a victim of basically the same situation as you at the ROC, but he moved on. He found a producer that he had a good chemistry with and created an album full of bangers on an independent label. It was a duo-album with Jake One called ‘The Stimulus Package‘ that received a good deal of both critical and commercial success. I know you know this album, you spit the intro to it. It was the last decent output the public heard from you since.

Is this what we’ve come to? The guy whose first record deal you were instrumental in securing, is still on his grind, steadily gaining fans worldwide, and has now become the life-support to your career? I sincerely hope not. I sincerely hope this new tape you’re releasing with Green Lantern will be a return to form. I’ll be sure to check it out, but not for more diss-songs in an embarassingly one-sided ‘battle.’ Apologize, don’t apologize, I honestly don’t care. As long as you move. the f*ck. on.

Kind regards,




1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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