5 Atlanta Songs You Might Have Missed

Written by Maxwell Cavaseno 

People have jobs, romances, hobbies, personal crusades and subsequently, sometimes they doesn’t see the necessity of trying to dig around Lil Silk’s Ask.FM page; finding rare freestyles of Slew Dem Mafia in a kitchen somewhere; spending an hour crying because digitaldripped.com went up to the URL heaven taking many rare YG freestyles with it. It’s a tedious, painful task that costs one’s dignity and ensures death from computer screen radiation. It’s not a wonder why so very few put themselves through the torture of endless rap nerd archeology to find something new and remarkable.

So let me to show you some of the smaller rap diamonds that have emerged from the cosmic mess of Atlanta. I’m sure plenty of you’re waiting with bated breath for the hot new Future leak or Migos remix, but these artist deserve your ears and are probably just a bit too drowned by all the blog-bait fodder types for you to have heard ‘em.

Yung LA – F.R.F.R.

Ever since the day when Leland Austin’s shrieks of “I ain’t did shit bruh!” rang out from computer speakers across America, the former Futuristic poster-boy has been a subdued presence. Last year’s “Whoooop” was a subdued return to form, but this slab of Will-A-Fool produced heat does a magma-like creep while L.A abandons his trademark voice for a post-Migos bellowing obnoxiously about how he’s “Crawling like the spider, hoe!” Maybe substituting J-Money for Quavo is a bit obvious a switch-up for a guy best known for a particular brand of cartoon trap nonsense. But he manages to sell the record with an energetic performance that gives hope for the fallen star to ascend back to prior glory.

Rich The Kid – Ghost

While everyone gravitated to “Jumping Like Jordan,” which bears the distinct ‘honor’ of being converted into a star-laden attempt at a hard-hitter (Haaaan!), Rich The Kid’s best song might be his least attention grabbing. Rich still feels slight, most of his songs lacking any defined presence, but “Ghost,” a gem from the premier guide to the current Atlanta underground Lobby Runners finds him working with a bit of extra elasticity. Nimbly ducking and dodging around a lumbering Zaytoven instrumental that feels like some re-purposed soundtrack for a Japanese video game themed around a talking woodland creature; Rich blurts out about escaping to Tennessee and women calling him master with goofy enthusiasm. It’s not an immediate banger, but the sound of someone wood-chopping away at discovering an identity, and that’s not without its own charms.

Jose Guapo – Getting Paid

While his friends in Travis Porter have now become practically inert, Jose Guapo seems to be moving too fast for anyone to pin down. “Fuck The Rap Game” was a welcome comeback hit for the Rich Kidz alumni who’d struck gold with “Guaponese,” but whose 2013 output showed exploring new styles and palling around with other southern outsiders in Young Thug and Speaker Knockerz. “Getting Paid” is yet another example of something seemingly obvious going hideously wrong. What started as a simple, serviceable rap banger starts goes awry, as Guapo bellows out “It’s my court, bitch!” while his flow starts to run off-track. And by the time he starts screeching out about sofas and loafers on the next verse, one wonders how the bright-eyed kid on “Patna Dem” got himself so twisted.

Skippa Da Flippa (feat. Migos) – Wells Fargo

Armed with a vocal tone reminiscent of Busta Rhymes with an aggressive chop, Skippa Da Flippa—formerly “Migos Skip”—serves as the first of what could be the start of Migos attempt to dominate the landscape after their lucrative 2013 run. “Wells Fargo,” yet another Lobby Runners standout, Skippa enlists his patrons to do their usual work and let him get his shine on as well. Quavo chants and storms like a town crier sweating out the bubonic plague, whilst Skippa and Takeoff’s aggressive streams of bars sound like machine guns rattling over the track. Perhaps the track’s greatest gift is that Offset cannot be heard, perhaps too busy  with such difficult tasks as getting his family into more Twitter beef or buying them more weird steam-punk cosplay gear.

Johnny Cinco – No Choices

A former member of DJ Pretty Boy Tank mainstays The Hellacoppa Kids, Johnny Cinco’s been gaining some traction with his “They Gave The Wrong Nigga Money,” a slab of rambly Auto-Tuned babble that sounds like a homeless cyborg with their best Tony Montana impersonation. But “No Choices” a highlight of Cinco’s own Cinco mixtape, as well as a strange addition to various mixtapes belonging to bigger Atlanta stars, just defies logic. Like Chief Keef at his most mush-mouthed, Cinco bubbles and froths about teachers, public transport and leaving all of that in the past, as he occasionally breaches out of the codeine sea murk.

T-Rock – Let’s Go

Picked up the latest T-rock joint when I was in Texas last month. Finally got around to upping some shit off of it. It’s a dope album, only a few weed tracks which is nice. I really don’t give a shit about rapping about getting high, that shit gets tired fast. Well unless it’s Devin then I can deal. He’s got some fast rap joints on here but also some slow tracks like Superthowed which he can’t help but rapping about stuffing bongs and getting high while staring at city lights. Around his last verse though he changes it up for a little burst of fast rap which sounds sick over the slow guitars. U Ain’t Heard goes hard, beat could be louder but they make up for with trigger raps. Double Up bangs too. He’s got some sadfaced introspective shit going too like Love Changes and Heaven Cries which ain’t bad even with that jesus bullshit. There is some weak shit too though, like the bullshit slow sex track with some girl singing about love. I guess if you enjoy fast raps about weed, patron, stroking balls and skeet skeetings then maybe it’s not totally worthless. I got no use for it though.

The best track on the album though is Let’s Go it’s just got those victorious soulful horns that just make the whole song work so fucking well. The shit just takes you back to a time before rap music was made with horrible rave bullshit that every fucking piece of shit producer tries to shove out their ass these days. It’s not hard to make songs with this beat, just kick some cool lyrics, say fuck the 50, lets get it, mention the trap, g’s, taking over, getting fucked up and you’re fucking good.

T-Rock – Lets Go

I was going to throw up some other tracks too but really all you need is this one, it’s just that dope.

If you want a mixable version here is an edit Neoteric did up Let’s go (Extended)

Some Rap Songs

First up a couple of joints off that new Boss Hogg Outlawz album, Serve & Collect 2. Only a couple of tracks that I got to skip over. Ray J singing on a track is never a good look. The joint with Lil Keke is underwhelming, it just sounds like it never really came together for a complete sound. Other than that though there are some bangers. All of the BHO members are bringing it. A lot of dramatic beats and street lyrics.

Boss Hogg Outlawz – Serve & Collect
BHO posse cut, Slim playing conductor via the nextel chirp. The whole roster comes through to drop some lines. real simple but so dope. I would say this is my favorite joint on the record. Give me a Kyleon solo already man, dude is a beast.

Boss Hogg Outlawz – Wet Paint Drippin’ What
Yeah raps about paint, cars and flossin. You know what you’re getting into with this, just dope shit to ride too.

I really want to post up this track off the new Young Jeezy, the shit is easily my favorite joint off that record. It’s not a beat I would expect him to chose but man this shit sounds so fucking good. You can’t really go wrong with those horns either. I don’t really give a fuck about what people think about jeezy I like the dude. He knows how to make songs that make you feel like you can take over the fucking world.

Young Jeezy – Circulate
Young Jeezy – My President ft Nas
I was blasting this one out of my boombox at the park on Sunday because really anyone even thinking about McCain is in fucking denial of the future. Our president is black, you motherfuckers just need to catch up with the future. November is just a formality, Obama is gonna run this motherfucker.