Yesterday, Hoodrich Pablo Juan slid through with a twelve-track offering in Hood Champ, released independently following his departure from Gucci Mane's 1017 Records. And while there are plenty of his signature sounds for fans to unpack, one of the immediate highlights is also one of the most straightforward. "Rover" finds Juan taking to a simple yet effective dark trap banger, a blend of heavy 808s and ominous organ chords. It's the perfect backdrop for Hoodrich to flex, and that's exactly what he does.
Lyrically, it's comfortable territory for the Atlanta rapper, who wastes little time in cutting a formidable cloth. "Malcolm X chopper peepin' out the blind, couple n***s switched and my n***s still ride," he raps, in the opening stanzas. "Claim they want beef, when I seen 'em, they lyin/ ride by myself with a hundred twenty rounds." Despite his intimidating bars, Hoodrich never quite raises his voice, spitting as if laid back in the relaxed position. Check it out for yourself right now, and sound off - is he the Hood Champ, by your estimation?
Malcolm X chopper peepin out the blind
Couple n***s switched and my n***s still ride
Claim they want beef, when I seen 'em, they lyin'
Ride by myself with a hundred twenty rounds