This week, a 2002 video interview between DJ Whoo Kid and Kanye West bubbled to the surface of the blogosphere. It was originally shot on Oct. 23, the day of the latter’s infamous car accident, and, get this, he mentions his first car crash on it. Now, that could easily be a coincidence if Kanye were a normal human being, but he’s a rapper, and, like cave-dwelling sages and lecturing moms, they tend to have a gift for seeing the future. If you need proof, just look to the Internet; examples of MCs’ clairvoyance are more multitudinous than Gucci Mane’s sparkly pendants. Here is a list of a few essentials.
According to conspiracy theorists, online chat rooms and YouTube, Pac knew his fatal day was coming. Disciples of this theory quote lyrics like “No need to worry / I expect retaliation in a hurry / I see death around the corner” and “My destiny’s to die” from “Death Around the Corner,” originally released on 1995’s Me Against the World. However, it’s worth noting that a Google search for “Tupac, Death” unearths the heading “Aztec Calendar Predicts the End of the World.”
The Notorious preview showcases a chilling recording of the Brooklyn rapper responding to a question about where he’d like to be in 10 years: “10 years? I don’t think I’m gonna see it, dawg.”
On 2009 documentary The Carter, Lil Wayne refused to talk about his own death after being reminded of Biggie and Tupac. And for God’s sake, music journos, stop trying to get a prediction out of him! It will come true and we’ll be left without anyone to pen near-rhymes like “And I when I was five, my favorite movie was The Gremlins / Ain’t got shit to do with this but I just thought that I should mention.”
Wayne himself may not have made any shout-outs to the future, but on that same film his longtime friend/manager Cortez Bryant predicted that the rapper’s 2008 album The Carter III would sell $800,000-$1 million in the first week, and, accordingly, it brought in over a mili.
In September of 2008, Young Jeezy released his third studio album, The Recession, before anyone was willing to call this thing what it is.
In 2007, on Da Drought 3’s “Black Republicans,” Juelz Santana and Lil Wayne were not only on board the Obama train, they were conducting. Juelz rapped: “I’m feeling like a black Republican / Nah, I can’t call it / More like a black Democratic runnin’ ‘em outta office / Young Barack-a Obama, I’m all for it.” Sure enough, here we are.