More like Spirit of Resignation. The first two volumes of the We Got It 4 Cheap series were fueled by a fervent desire to drop their lost opus. Just 80,000 soundscans later, Vol. 3 is the mourning of said masterpiece’s commercial death. Maybe the crackers were right to shelf the album in this landscape? Never, that blood’s on Jive’s hands. Re-up’s got their soft eyes on, displaying an impressive self awareness. They lament the relative meaninglessness of critical laudation (even throwing a quick jab at the “coke rap genre”) and the failing industry, ultimately resigning that maybe the rap game isn’t where the real money’s at.  And do not despair, purists. Amidst these missives, there are enough general interest cocaine punch lines to match a late period Bob Saget routine. 
Maybe it’s naive to think the Clipse will ever touch a brick again, worst case scenario they could just post up in Skateboard’s paisley parking garage. But it does raise a larger issue: for all the destruction that the genre is accused of, hip hop has actually kept a gang of kids off the streets. Who knows if they’ll stick around when the rap money dries up.  Not everyone has blogger acclaim to fall back on. Best mixtape of 2008. Thus far.