One of the marks of a memorable rapper is when they write a line that should be a cliche, but somehow isn’t. Gates gets one off with “white and red whips like a Marlboro sign.” This may be my favorite song from Luca Brasi, but it has seven or eight rivals. To it’s credit, it has a guest verse from Spitta, who I am on record as stating is one of the great role models of our time.
After two full months, my favorite rap records of 2013 are as follows: Luca Brasi, Indigoism, Peace, Love, & Shmoplife, and Curly Castro’s Fidel. In that order, at this minute, at least until this blog post is published. Sometime-POW contributor, Craig Jenkins has a very good review of Luca up at Pitchfork. The tape is below the jump, if you don’t already have it.