This week in rap, we have many dimensions of hip-hop for you. From Mcbig House and Gyp's stripped down video for "Prize" to Pries's more introspective take on Goapele's "Closer" titled "Closer to Nothing" to Solomon Words ode to an old school line with "Can I Kick It."
Mcbig House has teamed up with Gyp da Hip to pump out the aptly titled Da House of Gyp. With Gyp on the beats and House on the raps, the duo deliver a serious one-two punch. This joint, "Prize," finds House driving through the streets with Puerto Rican regalia prominently displayed while rapping with the flow and warmth reminiscent of Kurtis Blow. Well over six minutes, this one more than gets the point across. This guy can rap.
Here, Pries offers up a take on Goapele's "Closer," a song about reaching dreams with determined and quiet force, that completely flips the script. Sounding like he feels unappreciated by many and loved by few, Pries acknowledges the fact that it's more about the journey than the destination. Although his vocals are a bit too raw and rugged for this mellow track, Pries gives a strong performance.
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Solomon Word's Say Word! mixtape is most definitely chock-full of throw-back tunes that recall a time when hip-hop was all about beats, rhymes and life. With "Can I Kick It?" Solomon brings a sweet and charming look at just how guys kick game to fly ladies they come across. This one's for the ladies and will most definitely make a gal or two blush. The MC's rap skills are perfectly designed for this type of classic sounding boom-bap.