Deen is having his wisdom teeth removed. Pay Pay the man some money for morphine.

Believe me when I tell you that the most interesting thing about 2Chainz’s T.R.U.Realigion mixtape was Cap.1 one’s appearance on “Turn Up.” I’m serious. When that tape dropped in Winter 2011, I was deep in the throes of confusion with regards to 2Chainz’s existence and I listened to that shit with no small amount of trepidation. At that time, I was familiar with every other guest on the mixtape and once I’d decided that I’d never be a Chainz fan, giving that shit a second listen was merely an exercise in trying to discover some new shit. Cap.1 was the only guest I’d never heard of.

Crack research indicated that Cap.1 was and remains 2Chainz’s hype-man of sorts and that he happens to be from Chicago. And if my sources (the damn Innernets) are correct, he’s been kicking around for a long minute now. He was Motown’s first rap signee and was on that shitty ass label at the same time as AZ and Canibus. He even got to drop a retail album in 2000. I intend to listen to it once I’m done listening to all 25 G-Unit Radio mixtapes – no reason, I just do shit like that sometimes.

I wasn’t actually intrigued enough to search Cap’s music out, but I was definitely keeping an ear out. You never know when a weed carrier might blossom into a useful MC – not that I have any examples handy at the moment. I suppose what interested me in Cap1 besides the relative newness was how appropriately energetic he sounded on “Turn Up.” I’m still not entirely sure if he was kicking a double time flow or if it just sounds that way in comparison to whatever the fuck it is 2Chainz does. I’ll say this though, any newish rapper capable of kicking a coherent double time flow in today’s climate will get a few spins from me. Just on GP. There used to be a time when every Midwest rappin ass nigga could do that shit by default, but times done changed.

Anyway, all that Cap.1 curiosity went to waste once I heard him on 2Chainz’s retail album. It’s nice that Chainz gave his boy a look, but it was too bad that like most of the album, the song sucked. So I moved on.

Then this shit dropped the other day. Color me impressed. I’m always going to listen to goon rap, especially if the practitioner has the good sense to pay for Jeezy and Game features, but that said, this sounds pretty damn brolic to me. I imagine you’d agree with me if you ignore the fact that he’s a grown man from Chicago rapping about this kinda shit in 2013. But I ain’t Brian Williams (pick a “Brian Williams” of your choice- I ain’t him), I’m just a bloggerist.

So I guess I’m paying attention again. I’ve even downloaded a pair of old mixtapes to try to hear exactly what we might have on our ears here beyond the two verses I’ve liked thus far. More intriguing to me is Cap.1’s journey and where he might end up eventually. From major label signee, to Yung Berg song co-writer, to 2Chainz hypeman/loud-carrier to bonafide rap star? Possible? Sure. Probable? Likely not, but I’ll be listening closely…

Download:
MP3: Cap 1 ft. Young Jeezy & The Game – “Gang Bang” (Left-Click)