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Fresh local hip-hop from Food Chain, Anxious, High Tops, Tone Skarfo and Myrical Child

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Tons of fresh local hip-hop for you to vibe on this week. We've got a snippet of Mic Coats from the Food Chain spitting over a Mass Prod beat from the crew's new "brunch" project, a new track from Anxious from his forthcoming Almost Famous album, a new joint from the High Tops featuring Brer Rabbit of Flobots, a Scorp Dezel-produced track from Tone Skarfo and a new cut from Myrical Child. Hold on to your seat. That's A Rap is a doozy this week, yo!

First up, we have Mic Coats from the Food Chain driving through a rainy downtown giving a sneak peek of a new track. A little over a minute long, the snippet finds Mic spitting on laid back boom-bap-inflected beat perfect for the rhyming meter Mic chooses to rhyme over. This morsel from Mic Coats is a part of a series of "appetizers" shot in preparation of the crew's upcoming "Brunch" project.

"Antidisestablishmentarianism" is the new joint that Anxious brings to the table. Although the title suggests that the MC is bucking the idea of conforming, the lyrics don't speak of anything radical at all. In particular, the phrase "antidisestablishmentarianism" is only mentioned once, and the song is mostly about Anxious' lyrical aptitude, which he proves is solid, at the very least. He somehow works in rhyming "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" unexpectedly, and it works! Have a listen.

The High Tops (Panama Soweto, Babah Fly, and DJ SD) are like an intergalactic version of the Beastie Boys. This futuristic track, called "Move" and featuring Brer Rabbit, is all about supernovas, high tides and low skies. From a rapping perspective, Soweto is the most vocally recognizable, yet all of the artist bring a certain rhythm to the table that makes this track appealing.

Tone Skarfo holds down the club perspective in this week's rap. His song "What Time is it," produced by Scorp Dezel, is straight built for the club. All about taking pictures at the deejay booth and descriptions of scores of "bad bitches," the lyrics aren't really fit for your mother -- or your little sister for that matter. Skarfo makes it pretty plain, though, that he's not aiming for either with lines like, "I don't fuck with 'hood rats except for urban models."

Myrical Child, on the other hand, keeps it sweet and endearing with his track "Beautiful Lady." The production is charming and summertime fresh, while the lyrics could easily double as a super sappy love letter (this is a good thing). Myrical Child could use a little more rhythm in his delivery and the Auto-Tune needs to go, but overall, this one isn't bad.

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