We're back with a new edition of That's a Rap, a place where we turn you on to fresh local hip-hop. Yes, it's been a long time. We never should have left you without a strong rhyme to step to, as they say. Anyhow, the pipelines have been bursting at the seams with new releases, including these new tracks from West One, FLY4WIRD, Lennex Dublyn and Solomusiq and Kentron. Keep reading to see what's good.
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West One featuring Wriky Knotz & Tommy Brown - "G Shit" "G Shit" goes hard. Truly. Everything about this song is just dripping with intensity. Each verse is well constructed and passionately delivered. The bars are tight, the punchlines punch, and the images are occasionally arresting. The hook is catchy, but it doesn't lose the fire of the rest of the song. The weakest park about the track is the beat, which is decent but repetitive. Overall, though, a great choice for a single.
FLY4WIRD with Luke Troutman, Ill Se7en and Diles - "Fire in the Dark" So the story goes that, as FLY4WIRD, Luke Troutman and Ill Se7en were driving through New Mexico for their tour, the sudden spark of inspiration hit them. When they arrived at Diles's studio near midnight, they began burning the midnight oil, working well into the morning. Babah Fly, Mike Wird and Ill Se7en provide the verses, while Fast4Ward sings the hook. The music is beyond groovy, thanks to 4Ward, Troutman and Diles, capped with some borderline Parliament funky shit.
Lennex Dublyn & Solomusiq - "#LBJDW" Lennex Dublyn and Solomusiq take advantage of an insanely catchy, wonky beat to deliver neat bars held together with a strange and silly hook, "Now, ain't that like LeBron James? Ain't that just like D-Wade?" The verses are subject to the same irreverence as the chorus, but the alternating passages of Dublin and Solomusiq give the song a kinetic energy that propels it along. It's a fun, lighthearted track that seems self-aware enough to recognize its own levity.
Kentron, Trizzol and Ha$h - "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" Kentron, Trizzol and Ha$h rehash Kendrick Lamar's hip-hop/R&B anthem "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" and do their best to kill Sounwave's beat while keeping the vibe intact. Each MC that jumps on the beat more than does it (poetic) justice, though they fall into the trap of over-relying on Kendrick's original phrasing to move the song along. For Colorado heads, though, this version is definitely different enough to deserve a fresh listen.