I had to stop and rewind this multiple times. Basically once a minute.
Mickey Factz reminds us all, in case ya forgot, that he’s one of the coldest freestylers in the game. He stops by the L.A. Leakers spot for almost 7 minutes of non-stop rhymes and cleverly alludes to… you name it… throughout. Was seriously impressive. And being an NBA nerd, I appreciated his whole stretch name-dropping Vince, Nique, Kemp, and more.
Now I’m ready for Y-3 — Mickey’s upcoming project on 9.9 that’ll feature CyHi The Prynce, eLZhi, Just Blaze, and more that Factz has yet to reveal. For now, run this freestyle back and peep the 2 covers below.
The summer of beefs continue, though this isn’t totally that — more of a competition in the making.
And one I think we’re all excited about. If we haven’t forgotten about Meek Mill vs. Drake with Compton last night, this should cement it.
The story: Mos Def a.k.a. Yasiin Bey issues an open, live rap battle challenge, names his team (Black Thought & King Los). That video is below. Lupe caught wind of this and accepted the challenge on Instagram. Nice quick couple bars there too, Lu.
While we’re here, let’s have a little #FBF and relive the couple of times Lupe & Mos Def killed it together. (Plus, ICYMI, Lupe dropped the unreleased Drizzy’s Law this week.)
Above: Raw video from Mickey Factz of him and Charles Hamilton puttin’ down some easy, off the top bars over “0 to 100”. Mickey flows effortlessly on this and of course, played to the crowd anticipating the headliner: Lupe Fiasco. Charles does his thing too so this is an easy, fun, no doubt watch.
Below: Lupe Fiasco and Mickey Factz, spotted on the latter’s IG, backstage as the Tetsuo & Youth Tour was in L.A. last night.
For his latest visual, Mickey Factz brings his sample of The Weeknd’s “Rolling Stone” to the forefront with 740 Park Avenue‘s “13th Disciple” up above. This is a great song for any casual listener to catch up on new Factz as he describes personal struggle throughout. On top of that, the Fred Oliveira directed visuals have a wide variety of scenes; whether in a church or out in the open, it’s crispy. Sponsored by Uniqlo, produced by LoveAtFirstSound.
Another fresh Mickey Factz feature for the new year… and no, it’s not a remix of Drake’s “Trophies”.
The song bears the same name but a boom bap sound, amplified by scratches from DJ Centrifik on the hook. Both newcomer Evolve (from Texas) and Mickey himself drop some memorable lines in their verses (note the :50 second mark and the 1:53 mark, respectively). Evolve actually concludes it with a quick set of bars before more scratches take it home for good. All in all, it’s one to rock with in a rap rotation that already features old 90s hip hop. Add it there for a fresh twist.
ICYMI: Astro Boy f/ Mickey Factz “Doin This” | Mickey Factz “MauSe: An American Tale”
Expect a series of Mickey Factz features to start off 2015 as he first links up with up and comer Astro Boy on a soulful production from Jahlil Beats.
“Doin’ This” is nothing like some of Jahlil’s beats from 2014 (obviously, “Hot Boy” comes to mind) and it sets the tone for both Astro & Mickey to put down some slick references and relatable stories that’ll grab your attention on first listen. Diggin’ how each emcee concluded their verses especially. Tune in below:
The MauSe is back!
Mickey Factz taps into his critically acclaimed character of Mickey MauSe for a sequel project, cleverly titled, Mau2e, and above is the brilliant first preview.
MauSe, the 2012 summer concept album turned to free mixtape, probably my favorite project from Mickey Factz, saw Mickey rhyme in the perspective of an artist during the Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat times of the 80s. The project’s name also derived from some production and samples from DeadMau5, and as a whole, featured cohesive skits that dived into the complexities of MauSe, his story and inspirations, and the time period itself. It’s simply a fascinating listen to transplant yourself into a developing character.
Mickey’s cult-like following has clamored for a sequel project and after many direct hints at Mau2e, Factz is going to deliver it even earlier than expected. Based on “MauSe: An American Tale”, it looks like we’ll see MauSe’s story continue into the 90s. And his storytelling raps immediately transplant you to that time, with some clever references to the likes of Factz’ favorite NBA player Shawn Kemp contributing to the mood. I love where this is going… read the preface below to fully grasp the story before listening.
During the early 1990’s, MauSe travels to Bristol to meet Blek Le Rat about some work. While there, he introduces him to a mysterious young adult named Robin who is looking for a mentor to assist in him in his work. After leaving Europe and heading home, MauSe notices he is becoming sick. Therefore, leaving him depressed and with a lot of decisions to make. Two of them being: Suicide and Tutelage. Mau2e arriving 12-25-15. Merry Christmas.
…And now I have a project that’s #1 on my Christmas list for new hip hop. EDIT: I can’t read. Christmas… next year. Dang. But I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait.
Here’s some late nite tweets from Factz to further explain the project.
ICYMI: Mickey Factz ‘Love.Lust.Lost.II.’ (features another preview of Mau2e)