The following freestyles represent pretty much represent the majority of styles that one could emulate in Rap. Mastering or at least being aware of each of these is the beginning of being the best as a lyricist.
Freestyles by Nas, Erule, Biggie, Tupac, Big L, Redman, Shyheim, Missy, Busta, Rapsody, The Fugees, Jean Grae, Kurupt, Eminem, Jay Z, Jaz O + more.
Sounds like: Airto | Tony Williams | Nicolay | Maimouna Youssef | Henri Texier
I’d rather awaken your mind to the infinite ways of hearing a timeless classic. My mixes are always a unique story that stay true as a reflection of who I am… enjoy! – GiKu | Brooklyn
by Gibril “GiKu” Kuyateh | GiKu Music
Two of my favorite Philly emcees spitting straight bars. It’s pretty safe to say that I’ve been a Roots fan since Organix and over the years bumping into the crew art parties and shows. They naturally led me to Bahamadia once researched other Philly lyricist and so on…
I had no plans of doing a duet, but late nights spur the wildest of thoughts in the studio. This beat could have gone with the 40 or so acapella’s that’s in the library but somehow got caught up in a Philly Cheesesteak of meaty lyrics.
We fuck with real bars over here and oldschool beat aethestics when it comes to production. Dope samples, banging chops and thumping kicks is a start to a delicious sound.
Blacks Thought lyrics are from an acapella Roots track and the Bahamadia was a random freestyle on stage that was twisted to work. The lyrics by both were chosen for it’s intensity and equal power.
Bahamadia at one point, ended up spitting some ole crazy rapid in ya fucking dome bars. Then Thought, came back with a philosophical heater that let heads know that he ain’t going no where anytime soon.
Let us know what you think.
…and that’s The Brooklyn Word!
Prouced by Mr Kuyateh ft. Roxanne Shante, Bahamadia, MC Lyte & Queen Latifah
What do you do when you find 4 acapellas from hip hop’s dopest female emcees? You remix it and call it “Queens of Hip Hop Vol. 1”. Cause ain’t nothin betta than dope lyrics over jazzy beats.
I was adamant about beginning the project with voices that pioneered the lyrical side of the game. Not only are these women game changers but lyrically suited to handle any rapper that crossed their path.
Peep how they command the attention of the listener in each track. The delivery is razor sharp, from the gut, and thought provoking. Their words swing through the rhythm, cutting through the bullshit.
The production is a salute to the art of chopping shit up and sampling it. I wanted to create a lush jazzy vibe to embrace emcee’s lyrics. It was important for the beat to be self sufficient as an instrumental. It had to have it’s own fun life and yet not overpower the track. Like sex, the balance of words and rhythm was key.
Enjoy this flavorful mix, and that The Brooklyn Word…