Monday's Main Pick
Street King: Tity Boi
Holding It Down For: Atlanta
Mixtape: Trap-A-Velli 2: The Residue
Real Spit: When it comes to music politics, Atlanta trap star Tity Boi swings his dreads in the opposite direction and keeps it moving. One-half of the region's most celebrated rap duo, Playaz Circle's Tity Boi went outside the box for the latest installment of his Trap-A-Velli mixtape series to avoid the red tape, enlisting famed disc jockey Bigga Rankin.
"First of all, [Rankin] is an OG in the game. He's not from Atlanta; he's a DJ from Florida," said Tity Boi, who also goes by the name 2Chainz. "By me doing this with him, he gave me the opportunity and DJs the opportunities to listen to the tape without being a hater. Every DJ around here in Atlanta listened to my mixtape 'cause of Bigga. When he reached out, I was like, 'I'm with it.' "
According to 2Chainz, Trap-A-Velli has new energy around it across the board, from the tape's host right down to the beat selection.
"This mixtape right here is different. A lot different from most mixtapes I do," he said. "The ones in the past, I kind of ventured out and got beats from everybody and just used my relationships to just spread around. It's the Trap-A-Velli 2 mixtape. It's basically the soundtrack for the streets. It's reality rap."
Joints to Check For
» "Kitchen." "That's the intro to the tape. It's almost self-explanatory, but that's what's been going on. We been cooking up good product right here. 'I go hard in the kitchen,' produced by Lex Luger. Young, humble dude, up-and-coming."
» "Boo." Tity Boi has a certain gal on his mind. Only thing is, he can't recall her name. "I just call her 'boo.' I don't know her whole name." "Keep it on the low, mane/ Now we eating lo mein," Tity raps over the Lex Luger production.
» "Up in Smoke." "This is the only sample off my CD, so that's why I wanted to highlight it. The sample comes from Christión, the R&B group that used to be down with Roc-A-Fella back in the day. Two hustler-looking cats. It has the 'Moments of Love' beat to it. Basically, it's two samples thrown together. I did my thing on the verses, and the feedback has been incredible."
» "F--- the Roof." The intro to the track kicks off with a "Free Tunechi" shout-out, in reference to Lil Wayne, who's now four days shy of being released from prison "He's a dear friend of mine. He's coming home. He didn't deserve to be there in the first place. The game needs his presence again. He encourages competition, and he encourages rappers to step their game up. He left a blueprint to the game while he was gone."
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