Two9 artist Key! caught my attention off 2011’s mixtape Eastside Paradise, which was probably in my top three best mixtapes of last year. One of the things that immediately hits me whenever I listen to the ATL (but you can juss hear that though, right?) is the effortlessness of his rhymes and how the flow comes so naturally. This compliment gets thrown around so frequently that anyone who can follow a tune usually gets met with this, and it’s sad to see real rhythmic flow thrown down to a few archetypes so often. But if you listen to this track, he’s following an iambic pentameter near perfectly throughout the whole damn song. A rare formality in this style of hip-hop, which often caters to more (or less, on your perspective) liberal rhythmic verses. Nothing wrong with that either, but “Steele Mackin’ II” is all vibe, the kind of thing escalating parties run on. In other words, it’s a summertime mixtape, one that deserves constant rotation this year. This is just one track from a near flawless release of songs that have their place on your mp3 library. Aside from a trigger happy reminder, DJ Osh’Kosh B’Gosh (yup) throws it together, and Key! again demonstrates his long-term rap future.
The whole movement is basically next year’s biggest act, but this tape stands out in particular. Download MOTHERSARETHEBLAME! here.