Indianapolis spitter Mark Battles currently finds himself in the prime position of his career. He just signed a deal with production legend No I.D. The exact terms of the deal are unclear, though No I.D. is currently the Executive V.P. at Def Jam, and more importantly, he's one of the game's strongest cosigns. To celebrate the new deal, Battles has dropped off a new collab featuring his good friends King Los and Futuristic. And of course, "No Love" comes with a choice beat from No I.D. himself. Battles' frequent collaborator J. Cuse also contributes additional production.
The beat is driven by one synth note that sounds like it's from a Wu-Tang record. It's played at different volumes and there's a lingering bass line that occasionally explodes, usually after an especially stinging punchline. Each of the emcees here rip off extended verses that never let up in intensity.
"No Love" is the first single off Battle's upcoming project Before the Deal, which is set to drop on May 31.
"I've idolized him my entire career, and now i can just pick up the phone & call him when ever I want," Battles says of his new partnership with No I.D. "I had two or three other major offers, but none of them could compare to the knowledge and wisdom a legend like No I.D. brings to the table. The plan we have for me is as concrete as I've ever seen, and I'm blessed to have this opportunity."
Before the Deal is sounding solid. One must assume that what comes after the deal will be even more exciting.
Take yo girl and leave, I'm a party pooper
And I could fight, so we hardly shootin'
Ready for this life, I'ma guard the unit
Yeah the flow dumb, but I'm far from stupid