Last week Lupe Caught up with Sway for an interview, and a bomb freestyle. Respected as one of the game’s top spitters, Lu shows us his true lyrical ability in this freestyle, rhyming about various topical elements in the game today- Ie. Kanye's freak out on Sway, Lean drinking rappers, Rick Ross adlibs and AB-Souls latest album. At the end of the freestyle, Sway put Lu in his top 10 freestylers
Following the success of his 11-track EP, Early Beginnings: The Shaquille Baptiste Story, ShaqIsDope drafts himself as he returns with a new freestyle over Drake's "Draft Day," dsiplaying his artistry and confidence over the Lauryn Hill sample. Stream/download below.
Good things come to those who wait and King Los has been waiting a long ass time. Having originally signed to Bad Boy Records back in 2005, becoming independent in 2008 and then signing with Bad Boy again in 2012, Los knows a thing or 3 about label woes. But that never stopped him. He has released almost a dozen mixtapes since 2008 and worked with damn near everyone in the game: Ross, Twista, Wiz, Ab-Soul, Dizzy Wright, Juicy J, Pusha...the list goes on. He was even nominated for the 2012 XXL Freshman list but he didn't make it (between you and me, it probably wouldn't have made a difference if he had).
So the question remains: why hasn't he "made it"? Or has he already made it but just isn't getting the coverage he rightfully deserves? I could sit here and speculate about the mechanics & machinations of the Hype Machine all day long but fuck that, let's talk facts: the dude absolutely slays the "Pound Cake" instrumental (a beautiful production by Boi-1da and Jordan Evans). King Los's impeccable flow mixed with clever wordplay and dense lyricism will have you skipping back to the craziest parts just to have it go over your head a second time. Here's hoping Los finally gets his well deserved shine when "Zero Gravity 2" drops.
From Chicago's Southwest side, Veto Vangundy freestyles over the Black Metaphor production of Lil Bibby's "Water." If you've never heard Veto before, he's definitely worth taking a listen to. Veto's mixtapeFrom Pain 2 Glory is 100% fresh- he spits some serious verses based on his experiences growing up in the rough streets of Chicago. "Water" is no exception; it's a 3:41 minute track describing how Veto's kept himself above all the hustling, violence and murder he's witnessed by making music and trying to better the life of his family and daughter. A seriously powerful track.
In case no one caught this a few days ago, Locksmith was in the studio at 106 & Park's "The Backroom" to drop some bars on the mic and does his thing! He's known to have some insane wordplay but I wasn't expecting some of those lines at all, it was good to see live on television. Check his freestyle on BET out underneath and be sure to watch his most recent music video afterwards as well.