I stumbled on this kid’s music by accident. What struck me were the clean visuals of the video, his comfortable within his own skin humble swag and the clarity of his wordplay. He definitely has flow, as well as a very organized storytelling song structure. I would expect a seasoned MC in his late twenties early thirties to have developed this kind of approach to writing songs, after spending a few years in the “I am the dopest MC, I am better than all of you,” phase. You know, the “I have the most ________________ (money, cars, clothes, guns, drugs, hoes, etc. fill in the blank)” rapper?Â EQ looks mad young (16? 18? I don’t really know), but he sounds so mature. He either got started real young, or he just skipped that phase.
Anyway, at first glance I almost hated a little, cause he wasn’t what I was used to. The song “Metaphor” leads off with a Mobb Deep quote, but then was not bustin’ any shots at all. What was up with this? Was this “alternative” hip hop? Was he too “clean cut?” It was mad abstract. But the story resonated with me and I could see real talent, so I had to respect it.
Here is the first leak taken from the forthcoming mixtapeÂ “Born Again Sinner” from the one of a kind, multifacetedÂ Brooklyn emcee,Â I Am Many. Some of you might remember him from way back when he went by the name “Many Styles”.Â The new joint “Savage(Slow Burn)” is produced byÂ Logik Proof.
First single offÂ Fabolous presents The Soul Tape. I can hear the haters now “Fab only spittin’ for the ladies, blah, blah, blah” but hey, he has cornered that lane (dare I say the new LL in terms of that?)Â Fab does his thing lyrically (as usual), the chorus is dope. Track is blue flame. A compliment to the pt. 1. It doesn’t top it by any means, pt. 1 is crazy, but it’s nice. And this is a free song off a mixtape. Not mad at all.
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Peace World. Â So I’ve been waiting anxiously for this to drop since Ace of Gods’Illa let me know last week that this would be the next leak from the upcoming project The CPR Blendtape. Â Everybody, produced by Joe.D,Â also features myself, and fellow DMV artist, Kingpen Slim. Â To sum up how I felt when Ace first let me hear the track and me to jump on the song I’ll simply quote a segment of his verse…
“…I figure I’d get in it, get comfortable, kick my feet up/So I’m up in the studi’ with my feet up on the speaker/Got the gasface like “Joe.D turn the beat up/And open up the window ’cause we got Â another heater!”