[artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist]‘ Maybach Music Group has become a hotbed for rap talent. Not only is there Meek Mill, Wale and Pill, who are all prominently featured on the recently released MMG-compilation Self-Made, day-one Maybach fam like Miami rapper [artist id="2338994"]Gunplay[/artist] continues to hold it down for the streets. On his latest, DJ P-Cutta-hosted mixtape, Off Safety, GP keeps it extra-grimy.
Anchored by Gunplay’s street single “Rollin’,” which features Ross and Waka Flocka, Off Safety is drenched with drug references and gun-toting anthems. On “No Arm and Hammer,” Gunplay employs some humorous wordplay on the song’s hook when he shouts, “No arm and hammer in my Hannah Montana,” using the Miley Cyrus character’s name as newfangled slang for cocaine (or “white girl” as the drug is so often called). “Mask On” is another murderous track. On it, producer Lil Lody uses a gun’s click and clack as a sound effect within the beat. Gunplay means business with his booming voice and hard-hitting flow as he raps, “Looking like I’m about to hold the whole world hostage.” Sounds like it too.
The Carol City, Miami, rapper slows things down on “Skrate Up Menace” as he contemplates his standing with God after doing so much dirt in the streets. The island-tinged “Herbalist” is a marijuana ode with a twist. Starting out with a reggae sample, the Kino Beats-produced track is then peppered with kinetic drums that raise the song’s energy as GP spits his verses. Lil Wayne protégé Gudda Gudda makes an appearance on “She Knows Wussup,” and “Wut They Yellin’,” produced by Schife, is a Dirty South tear-the-club-up-type track reminiscent of Three 6 Mafia.
By the time the 12-track Off Safety draws to a close, the rapper’s hunger is apparent. Gunplay has quite a few shots in the chamber, and he isn’t afraid to let them off.
Joints to Check For
» “Mask On,” produced by Lil Lody
» “No Arm and Hammer,” produced by Castro
» “Rollin’ ” featuring Rick Ross and Waka Flocka, produced by Lil Lody
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