Kevin Gates- 4 Legs And A Biscuit
This is probably my favorite song off Kevin Gates’ new album Stranger Than Fiction (as of right now, at least). The album continues to grow on me the more I listen. This particular track is straight bars, and just shows how gangster Kevin Gates is. Very. The looping beat is ominous and dark, in line with the rest of the album, which is why it serves well as the intro track. If this song piqued your interest, definitely listen to the album in full here.
Phreshy Duzit- Detroit Cartier
We premiered this track this past week, and it’s the first time we’ve heard from Phreshy in a minute. The song is kind of experimental; it’s actually pretty interesting and took me off guard at first. The dope sample, put together by producer Nylz, completes the theme and vibe of the track. Given the fact that the city of Detroit just filed for bankruptcy, Phreshy’s track is pretty appropriate-- he’s rapping about wanting to get money and the problems he has from not having enough of it (his rollie he thought was real was actually fake, turned copper).
Stalley- Raise Your Weapons
In the face of the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, many artists have been responding and reacting in the form of music. Stalley released this song which reflects on today’s generation and urges us to fight for justice. Stalley talks about his religious beliefs, which happen to be Islam, and how he was told he’ll “burn eternally” for them. He vents on the track, “Yeah, I'm upset, yo, 'cause you won't accept the people that I rep for/The kids with broken hearts and torn souls that find it hard to let go/Confusing them with your religions, and lying politicians/Throwing us in your prisons.” The record has social, political and religious themes, but there is one message—and that’s that everyone should fight against injustice and stand united. “And we all together, so get raised up or get rolled on,” Stalley spits in closing out the track.
Tree- Regrowth Feat. King Jugg
Not sure who King Jugg is exactly, but Chicago native Tree linked up with the rapper for “Regrowth” off an upcoming Dripped Up compilation project. The production is dominated by organ keys, as is typical for Tree’s gospel rap style. Tree’s repetitive lyrics “I spent a bundle on the chain,” don’t detract from the track, which may not be for everyone, but if it is, you can check out more from Tree on his recent mixtape.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
This week's Underrated Audio gathers four tracks of varying kinds for your listening pleasure. Both Kevin Gates and Ace Hood dropped albums this past week, and while Ace Hood's Trials & Tribulations was undoubtedly made for the mainstream, Kevin Gates' project took a somewhat experimental approach to rap. Gates incorporates rap-singing on Stranger Than Fiction, and while the content may be classified as gangster rap it also has emotions and a retrospective aspect to it, as well as unique beats, which make for an interesting combination.