Oakland rapper Guapdad 4000 would possibly nonetheless be effervescent within the fringes of the mainstream, and should have acquired a cease and desist letter from The Gap over merch likeness, however do not let his refined success take away from his years of expertise within the sport. Together with fellow Cali rapper LaRussell, he is joined the brand new multimedia challenge Tales Of The City which includes of a collaborative album, podcast, guide, and brief movie all devoted to exploring Black historical past in Oakland. The 2 MCs simply launched a teaser for the collaborative challenge, “F**okay 12 Freestyle,” that is precisely about what you’d anticipate.
The freestyle’s backed by a basic West Coast swing, virtually begging so that you can put hydraulics in your automobile with onerous bass hits. There is a menacing and easy piano line that provides the observe a melodic driver and a few atmospheric backing keys for the verses. Simply listening to the sound of the observe, it is clear that Guapdad and LaRussell are pulling from a really particular fashion in Oakland rap historical past, and it will be attention-grabbing to see how carefully they stick with that sound transferring ahead. Perhaps they take it even additional again, or present some extra trendy California beats.
So far as the lyrical content material, properly, there’s not way more it is advisable know past the title to know what the observe is about. What makes the verses stand out, nonetheless, is how they can element their verses with not simply quotable and wordplay, however with virtually narrative descriptions and examinations of how police brutality, the wealth hole, and Black neighborhood struggles are bigger than the person.
LaRussell’s refrain, for instance, briefly alludes to housing displacement with the road “By no means get complacent, the home ain’t a house when it’s vacant / How they constructed a hood and an influence plant adjoining? / By no means thought we’d make it in a home from the basement.” Guapdad’s providing has him rapping about how his city wants “cups, cribs, and coffins” and blames the banks “approving y’all for them cafés,” probably addressing gentrification as he talks a couple of “broad day gentle frappe.” As we noticed in our Snack Assessment sequence, Guapdad’s quite the food junkie, however given the context of the verse, you will not catch him with a frap in broad daylight.
Tales Of The City‘s accompanying podcast, the Hella Black podcast, simply launched its first episode “Nice Migrations,” which you’ll take heed to here. Their collaborative album will boast 11 tracks and have G-Eazy, Fredobagz, Jane Handcock, and extra, and is about to launch on October 14th by way of Empire Data. This follows a prolific 2022 for Guapdad up to now, with an EP and a number of singles to his identify within the 12 months. Final time he was making waves on the headline circuit was his publicized situationship with Yung Baby Tate. You possibly can try his new observe with LaRussell, “F**okay 12 Freestyle,” under.
However have a look at what we obtained although, n***a,
Police obtained a tank and we obtained potholes with them,
I keep in mind when the city had a couple of new folks
I get tacos, go searching like “Who you folks?”