February 22, 2013

Deen has spent the last 72 hours Duflocka Ranting.

As a matter of principle (and stubborness), I still insist on rappers adhering to their regional sounds. Or at least, given that it’s 2013 and I’ve already yielded to the likes of ASAP Rocky and Drake, having some sort of connection to your region’s traditional vibe. I understand that it’s a tough balance to strike, especially if you’re from the East Coast – particularly New York – but it can be done. Look at the aforementioned ASAP Rocky; he dabbles in a bunch of sounds and styles, but there’s still enough New York about him for me to enjoy his work without reservations.

However, none of that shit matters at all if the song sounds this good. Kazzie Pop (I know, I know…) is a newbie outta New Jersey and while this shit is undeniably Southern styled trap sounding, it’s also undeniably dope. The most impressive thing is that I would love this shit even if Waka wasn’t on it. The beat, via Cloud Nine, sounds like something I’ve heard a million times already, but I still fuck with it heavy and Kazzie does it justice. I don’t know much about the man, but he gives a really energetic performance and more than holds his own with a nimble flow (what he’s saying is all irrelevant) and a monster of a hook. That’s an impressive feat if you’re on a track with Waka.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that “We Don’t Fuck With That” is a sentiment that’s reminscent of Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like”, but between this beat and the fact that no one has a monopoly on hatred, I’m fucking with this heavy. It also helps that Kazzie made the wise decision to go off on his own after once being part of a duo with Driicky Graham – the “Snapbacks & Tattoos” guy. Between both of them, that’s too much bright-skindedness for me to tolerate. I would have dismiss them sound unheard the minute I saw their press photos. Thankfully, it hasn’t come to that because this one is going right into the gym/car mix.

If you still have doubts about liking this shit, I’d suggest that you I think of that shit Kid Cudi said to Wale: “we don’t fuck with you… musically.” Got it? Good. Now take that “we don’t fuck with” part and keep thinking of Wale. Now press play again. See? Doesn’t it sound even better? You’re all welcome…

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