24 August 2013

Review: Rapsody - She Got Game

This summer has been a great mark in history for Hip-Hop. We have another edition to the catalog. Rapsody dropped her heavily anticipated mixtape “She Got Game” this week. You may recognize her name from the roster of the Hip-Hop group Kooley High. “She Got Game” is hosted by DJ Drama and has a ridiculous amount of big names that were involved with the project. I’m not big on too many female MC’s/Rappers but she has definitely embedded and solidified her position in my iTunes library with this project. Enough bragging let’s get into it.

“She Got Game” is nothing but Hip-Hop. This honestly reminds me of the 90’s and the “Golden Era.” DJ Drama states on the intro of “A song about nothing,” “…rap music, comes and goes. Rap artists are here then gone. Rapsody, she’s here to stay. She got game. Better yet, she got the game,” and I am a firm believer in this statement. She starts off the song with “it’s Toca Tuesday the mood gray/ another average news day/ stomach rumbling I’m watching blu-ray/cleaning out my suitcase/ thinking maybe soufflĂ©/Will suit my menu looking thru my closet ain’t no Gucci,” and continues on with her brilliant ability to ride the beat throughout the whole mixtape.

The second track on this jawn is “Coconut Oil” featuring Raekwon & Mela Machinko. This song, like a few other beats on the tape was produced by 9th Wonder.  It’s great to hear features with Legends like this; that should let you know the artist should be given a few spins. Another song with a legend feature is “Feel Like” featuring Common. This track seems to be completely mastered by Rapsody. Her flow makes you think that she is the female version of her Chi-town cohort. This type of song is naturally Common’s domain, deep, intimate and soulful love lyrics (a pt. II of “The Light”), it’s only right that he made an appearance.

As far as female MC’s/rappers go, Rapsody and Nitty Scott, MC has the category locked down. Nicki Minaj, Kreayshawn, and whatever other female “rappers” that is similar should learn from these two.

“She Got Game” is a classic in my opinion and I know I will be playing this for a very long time. I am in love with this mixtape along with the aura it brings. The project has features from Raekwon, Chance The Rapper, Raheem Devaughn, Mac Miller, Wale, Common, Nipsey Hussle, Ab-Soul, Phonte, Jay Electronica, Mela Machinko, Problem, Gwen Bunn and Jared Evan. Though this mixtape has a lot of features, I don’t think Rapsody needed them in order to produce a great tape. Rapsody clearly has game that blindly exceeds most of the subpar “artists” that put out music. On the track “Never Fail,” DJ Drama stated, “Footnote, Kendrick ain’t mention no females…Rapsody we gotta change that…BARS!” (in reference to his verse on Big Sean’s “Control” which you can listen to here). Rapsody justified this declaration before Drama even made it. I highly suggest that any readers of this article download this mixtape and indulge in it. Peace…

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