Dame Lillard, the best rapper in the NBA. Bar none.
Pun all intended as Damian puts down a ton of ’em in an impressive set of rhymes over “Dead Presidents” with Sway during this All-Star Weekend. No curses, no ‘n’ words and when he ups the flow at the end, whooo. The freestyle is a written, but that never bothers me if it’s quality. This it is. I knew Lillard was legit from casually following his 4 Bar Friday series, but this took it to another level. Watch Dame perform his day job tonite at the All-Star Game in MSG and no complaints if he wants to pick up another one down the line.
We get a reflective Lupe Fiasco in one of his last interviews before he falls back from the spotlight after Tetsuo & Youth as he joins Sway in the Morning earlier today. In fact, he’s reflective in both the interview (below) and freestyle (above).
Lu literally tells the story of his various record deals and dealings in freestyle form, and does so impressively while leaving you intrigued for the next line. My favorite highlight of many: probably starting around the 3:45 mark. All over Souls of Mischief’s classic “93 Til Infinity”. Love that beat, but it also is pretty fast for a freestyle off the top. Lu adapts well though.
In the long sit-down below, Lupe is unfiltered and reflective about how Tetsuo & Youth came together, saying how he had about “7 soft ass songs” that Atlantic wanted for the album and when they all fell apart, the album that we have now started to come together. Lu calls Tetsuo & Youth a masterpiece and the more I listen, the more I have to agree.
More stories shine light on how “Choppa” came together (pretty funny anecdote in this one), the most Lupe’s talked about his beef with Kid Cudi and how they even met and were cool in the first place, and some more candid thoughts on the Chicago rap scene. I was trying to multitask while listening, but just stopped because I was so riveted with the interview. Press play and indulge for yourselves.
Whoo, Vince Staples impressed on this one. Straight of the top, seemingly never-ending bars. Sway eggs him on with a couple of topics to, which Staples handles in stride. He also drops a lil line against President Obama in the process too. Interview below. Hell Can Wait EP coming soon..
Catching up on my Sway in the Morning Freestyles after last night’s solid version from Raury, I see Travi$ Scott with a truly off the top freestyle over a break-neck beat that suits his style well. I was head nodding along with Sway the whole way. Enjoy!
Raury has taken the music world by storm in the past few weeks, with big-name co-sign piling up before and after the release of the stellar free project, Indigo Child. It continues this week in NYC as a promo run has begun and Raury chats with Sway for an extended amount of time, sharing his experiences and life philosophies along the way. Gotta appreciate where he’s comin’ from at least. I’m resonating with it and if you do too with the 18-year old ATLien above, then we got you covered below.
UPDATE: As I expected, Sway got ’em to do a freestyle. Raury picks OutKast’s “Elevators” to recite some quick rhymes that he delivered by talking sometimes too. I was really engaged with his thought-provoking questions to kick it off, recalling to mind Lupe’s “All Black Everything”. See if you vibe with it the same way below.
With Nobody’s Smiling now just hours away from release, Common sits down with none other than Sway for an interview that, if you know the two legends in the game, is going to be a great convo of substance. Amongst the topics besides the album is how it is working with No I.D. and potentially even working with Drake. Then of course, you got the “5 Fingers of Death Freestyle”, which I admit, I fast forwarded to first. Had to hear the bars this morning, ya kno?
As a bonus, peep this dope interactive tracklisting for Nobody’s Smiling as each track is accompanied by a conversation between No I.D. & Common on how they came up with the concept of the song. Think of it like movie commentary to the album, which oh by the way, you can also stream in its entirety here.
Lupe‘s ongoing NYC media run stopped by Sway in the Morning today with the highlight coming above: a slick, clearly off the top freestyle over “Rainy Dayz”. It was so strong that Sway admitted he rarely gets this feeling after a freestyle and put it in his “top 10”. Real recognize real moment. Lu definitely had some nice rhymes and even a couple LOL punchlines.
You can listen to the full 20 minute interview below (with the freestyle and Sway’s commentary the last 10 minutes) that of course centers upon “Mission” and also dives into fighting depression, the anime influence for Tetsuo & Youth, and more. Speaking of the album, Lupe also reveals a new feature (Crystal Grant) and production by Jake One. This interview on top of yesterday’s eye-raising one with Ebro & Peter Rosenberg where Lupe named three rappers he’d take over Kendrick lyrically…