This past year Joe released All Love Lost.
On it, there were two songs that stood out to me: “Immortal” and “Love, I’m Good.”
The latter is the one this post is about.
The song is dope.
Joe—like he normally does—gets very personal. He over shares and at times it feels scary, almost cringe worthy. I cringe because I feel like he’s giving us way too much of him, even though that’s what I love about his music.
In “Love, I’m Good,” Joe lets us know about three things he loves or loved: hip-hop, Tahiry and his baby mother and son, Trey.
In the first verse, he calls out hip-hop. He mentions the different stages hip-hop has taken since its inception. In the past, rap used to have rebels and a nation of millions when Public Enemy was doing big things. They had a real message behind their music.
Fast-forward to the present and it seems like hip-hop is cheating as it’s bouncing around different rappers. Budden mentions that recently hip-hop has been found with Drake, J. Cole, Future, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, even DJ UNK. Hip-hop jumps to the newest trend whenever possible.
Tahiry and Joe’s on-again off-again relationship has been well documented. Multiple verses and videos have been dedicated to these two’s relationship. According to Joe, Tahiry contradicts herself, plus she doesn’t have a life plan.
She will mention something to someone about Joe but then tell Joe the opposite. She threatens Joe’s girlfriends and his acquaintances but tells Joe that she is ready for children. Plus, her being linked with basketball players—ahem, JR Smith—in the past, doesn’t sit well with Joe. Just like Joe said in “OLS4,” “you with the ball players more than ball players.” It’s weird because at one time, when Tahiry and Joe were together, Tahiry cited anonymity as a reason for the breakup. However, you won’t get anonymity dating a professional athlete, so why is she continuing to date them?
In the final verse, Joe talks to his son.
His child’s mother has said negative things about Joe during their court sessions. These attempts to defame Joe are working and Trey starts believing some of the things his mother says. Joe tells him that his mother is creating these lies and that some day he’ll understand. Even after everything Joe’s ex has said about him, he won’t badmouth her. He has no resentment towards her.
Trey sees Joe in a different light and starts being a smart ass with Joe, to Joe’s surprise. Joe’s tells him that they are cut from the same tree. If Trey thinks Joe is nuts, then wouldn’t Trey think he’s a bit nuts too? Joe gets amped up and lets him know that he can talk to Trey in such a strong tone because Trey is a product of him, leading to quotable: “I’m talking to you ‘cause you came out of my nuts, lil’ n—a.”
That line should’ve ended the verse. That is a powerful line that describes the situation properly.
Joe and Trey don’t have much of a relationship but Joe is still Trey’s father and Trey is still Joe’s son, so both parties should show respect.
This is such a powerful song, I almost feel like I shouldn’t be listening to it.