L-Tip returns with an incredibly compelling offering called “Judas Theory II“. What he claims is not a song, but him “getting his s**t off”. From the intro, it becomes apparent that the content is personal and Tip is evidently feeling betrayed by someone he held in high regard (a colleague, it seems). Tip tells his story in such an enthralling manner, woven in a seasoned flow of a top-tier lyricist.
If you’re hungry for stimulating rap, this joint is nothing short of a “real-talk” buffet. Despite this being a ‘personal’ song, Tip drops a number of jewels from his pen on this offering i.e. speaking on how the overwhelming passion an artist has for the music can corrupt, with lines like – “…forget Christ my nigga/ you feel the spirit in the mic my nigga/ now the music is your vice my nigga/ I feel the same way too/ shoot a needle with a pen-made juice/ and hit the people with a pen-made truth/…”. Tip also speaks on navigating around the pettiness and two-faced nature of rappers at times.
Out of all the gems in the song, the fundamental jewel or lesson from Judas Theory II seems to be that we should stop betraying our own selves by dimming our light in fear of out-shining others…