Locksmith Gets Super-Lyrical On New Mixtape

'I got my notoriety from going into that hip-hop underground battle world,' MC tells Mixtape Daily.

Firestarter: Locksmith

Not much is known about Locksmith, but one thing is for sure: The Richmond, California, MC can spit with the best of them. On Wednesday's "RapFix Live," Locksmith closed the show with a tongue-twisting, lyrically packed freestyle verse, but for those who have been following the Bay Area lyricist this is nothing new.

"I really got my start ... I got my notoriety from going into that hip-hop underground battle world," Locksmith told Mixtape Daily.

In September, the verbal wizard dropped his I Am Lock mixtape as a free Internet download. The 10-track project features production from Ski Beatz and West Coast luminary E-A-Ski. From the tape's opener, "That Bullsh--," Lock makes it clear that he is about his business.

"It's more like a raw freestyle song so it's more accustom for people that are familiar with me," he said. "They know he can go in. Then, it's a shock to the people that don't know me, like, 'Yo this guy can really spit.' "

"I ain't no drug dealer, I ain't no n---a star/ I ain't no bitch n---a, I ain't no prison guard/ I ain't no f---in' cop, I represent the Rich/ My little cousin got murdered n---a f--- a bitch," he spits.

The wordplay continues throughout. Later in the track, Smith goes even deeper when he lets loose with lines like, "Lyrically I'm on another level, try to bruise me/ I make Lil Wayne sound like Lil Boosie/ I make Andre sound like Kanye/ If a n---a don't believe a mother---er, step to me."

For Locksmith, however, all of this is simply a warm-up for his debut album, Embedded, which is due out November 15.

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