We have a new contributor in our midst! This young hip-hop head goes by the name of Ra'z Al Ghoul and he is a talented brother who sings and has many musical talents on the instrumental tip. I, The Niftian, met him while on a business trip to New Jersey recently and he was instantly down with the cause.
We had a long conversation about many things in hip-hop, from the current Drake/Chris Brown beef, why Ice-T is still seen as relevant in hip-hop culture and whether Trey Songz has a future that will rival R. Kelly's or not. The brother knows his stuff and that makes him perfect BITM material! As an introduction, I'm posting the following review that he just wrote about Young Roddy's Good Sense mixtape that dropped a few months ago, you know: something to get his toes wet. Welcome him into the fold and check back often!
JETS’ (an acronym for ‘Just Enjoy this Shit’) own Young Roddy finally dropped a hot new piece of work on April 1, 2012. I know it’s a late article but better late than never, excuse the cliché. Before even playing the track I think that the artwork is really fresh. It displays simple taste in a couple things that he has in his smokers kit (Rosary, rolling papers, a scale with his name on it, and sandwich bags).
Young Roddy starts out with the track “Kyle Watson.” The track is a wonderful sample from Eddie Kendrick’s “Intimate Friends,” which was also used by Alicia keys in “Unbreakable.” He blends a laid back consistent flow describing his life and what he has come from and what he has been through with lyrical punch lines in a really suave way. Roddy takes listeners back to school momentarily with, “I’m trying to get it poppin’ paper always been my topic/that money on my mind it’s in my bank an on my counter.” This is personally my favorite song on the mixtape. The next track is a freestyle off of Drake’s “Lord knows” from the album “Take Care.” On this track is the artists obsession for being on his grind and constantly hungry for money while weaving in the story of his life that he quotes in the middle of the track. The track is more of a story than the first one and takes the listener more in depth with his experiences of poverty. The last of my top three tracks is Roddy’s remake of Biggie’s 10 Crack commandments. The commandments resemble its predecessor but he puts his own spin on it. He also has his label mate and CEO Curren$y, who speaks on it giving him praises. The tracks on this mixtape have a soulful presence to them (they remind you of a track Common would use).
I would say that this mixtape is a great way to break the ice with Young Roddy as a fresh artist that’s definitely with a strong camp. The whole JETS movement is something has been stirring up the underground for quite some time. While the other members of the JETS have not really been affiliated with anyone in the commercial music industry, Curren$y has branched out to a number of artists and has released a new album called “the Stoned Immaculate” with features from Wale, 2 Chainz, Big K.R.I.T., and of course his partner in crime Wiz Khalifa. Stay tuned for a review on Spitta’s new album.
-Ra'z Al Ghoul
Next up? TWO mixtape reviews, one from the infamous East Coast party group Suburban District and another from a young brother out of the 757 in Va named Jay Hart. The updates will be coming fast and hard so try and keep up!