Artist: The Kracken x Freestyle Fam
Album: The Kraken Vs. Freestyle Fam
1. Ready to Rumble
2. Wait For It
4. Kracken Vs.
5. Knock’em Out
6. Hands Up-Bars Up (ft. Keynote)
7. Take Me Out
8. Me and The Music (ft. Ryan Brockington)
9. Go Time
I have been a fan of Freestyle Fam ever since I got a hold of their Unleashed project last year. They showed and unbelievable array of skill on the microphone on that release, and they continue to demonstrate those skills when they link up with Grammy nominated producer, The Kracken.
Quest the Wordsmith and Mike Testa are grizzled emcees. Don’t let the “Christian” moniker lead you into the illusion that they are not lyrical or can’t drop it heavy. Their lyricism is intricate and rugged. And when you combine that prowess on the mic device with The Kracken’s ability to develop head knockers, you undoubtedly have a winner here.
Make sure you check this release and check out ANY product Freestyle Fam puts out. They are the truth!
Disclaimer: It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year. It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012. Click the links to listen to the song! I think it’s a great list. There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones. I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!
1. Said Before – Goldini Bagwell
2. Rhyme Of The Year – Nino Bless
3. Believers – Mayday
4. Outlive, Outshine – Theo3
5. War – Stryfe and Marc Byrd
Freestyle Fam has burst onto the scene in 2013 with some fire. The songs they are crafting, sound incredible. This time each member of the fam gets a little personal on this joint dropping verse that pertain to some sort of hardship in their life. What I like about this team is that you can feel their hunger and their angst. They are able to draw the listener in with their bars. That’s powerful stuff when an artist can make a song meaningful. Make sure you check out their mixtape, Unleashed when you have a sec. It’s a dope listen.
Artist: Freestyle Fam
1. Bar Fights
2. We Ain’t Down
3. By Your Side
5. This Ain’t No Party
6. I’ll Get There
7. Beauty 2
8. The High I’m On
9. 5am In Staten
10. Sketch Art
11. True Rap
This is not a full blown review but rather a strong recommendation for you to check this project out. Now, typically, I wouldn’t advocate a project like this. Freestyle Fam is for the most part rocking over instrumentals from the very accomplished AraabMuzik. I usually post original rhymes over original beats, but I am going to make an exception here. The rhyme skill here is so good, it just can not be ignored. I seriously believe Freestyle Fam is in the top five percent when it comes to writing end executing rhymes. What’s even more exciting is that they can write some of the hardest bars without cursing and with the Armor Of God intact. That’s right. They are Christian men who happen to rap…really, really well. But this isn’t your typical preachy “religious hip hop”. This is very different. It just has to be heard…so bear witness.
I have posted their video Bar Fights on here before, but I am going to embed it here again so you can feel it, and then I want you to DL this project (above) . You will not be disappointed.
We showcased the single a couple of weeks back. The song is supreme. The video is dope and the wordplay is tremendous. I can’t wait to hear a full length project from Freestyle Fam. It’s going to be that kind of nice. I can feel it.
This is a song you can run and go tell your homies about. Hot ish! Hot ish! First off, the beat from Araabmuzik must be on loan from Lucifer (ironic b/c there are some Christian overtones in the music) because it’s that hot. But these emcees aren’t playing…AT ALL. They each compete for the best verse on this cut and they ALL are contenders.
So while the song plays, keep the neck brace close. It may come in handy. This song is coming off of FreeStyle Fam’s forthcoming mixtape.