The "Beast Coast" movement is well underway, which is a notable accomplishment in itself. The fact that Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Issa Gold, AK The Savior, Flatbush Zombies, CJ Fly, and Powers Pleasant have managed to clear their schedules and organize both a tour and an album is enough to signify the boys aren't playing around. Their initial single "Left Hand" set a vicious tone, picking up where former posse cuts like "Audiopium" left off, with brief verses and boundless energy. This time around, however, the Beast Coast players are pulling back, offering a more sedate, radio-friendly sophomore effort in the Powers Pleasant-produced "Coast/Clear."
Available in select international markets, "Coast/Clear" feels like a piece of modern hip-hop, with a drifting synth-driven instrumental. Even Meechy Darko appears to be having a good time on this one, trading in his mouth-frothing, elbow-dropping energy for that of a true Casanova. "I just fu*ked your girl I should have posted it," he raps, a melodic hitch in his signature baritone. It's definitely a stylistic departure from the opening cut, but it speaks to the crew's versatility, and dedication to crafting a well-rounded batch of tracks. What do you think of this one?