Self-proclaimed Rap's James Brown Mumbo Sauce Prince dropped his well-anticipated Solbiato Sports Music EP about a week ago.
In SSME, Nappy Nappa takes us on a journey through Southeast DC. Beginning, naturally, with the metro, Nappa proves to be outspoken and driven; vowing to "make it" and "never stop working" in METRO400.
The 7-track project then spills into the most confrontational track, WHASSUP. Nappa calls out everyone pretending to be who they're not, asking them why his name is in every conversation."WHAT UP?" he asks them before he treats his listeners to a smoke break in TAKE 5, narrated with Rezt.
MUMBOSAUCE PRINCE II is the sequel to his similarly titled 2014 track, MUMBOSAUCE PRINCE. You can live through the perspective of Nappa being the best rapper aive in this bluesy track with confident, detailed wordplay ending in classic carryout dialogue.
D.C. DAILY NEWS is probably the most somber and awakening track in the bunch. Nappa paints images of gentrification , murder, money, kids no older than himself, and drugs, each bar potent with the underlying truth that injustice won't go away unless everyone sees it happening.
GET IT is a mesmerizing crank interlude about, essentially,...getting it. All of it. Be it his dreams, money, dope, etc. Nappa then wraps it all up with DAY IN THE LIFE. The people he runs into every day and how his actions change dependent on his environment are some of the myriad of topics covered loosely in the track.
I admire any artist who pulls from their own experiences. He's a good kid. Has never been charged with gun possession. Never stole anyone's chain. Nappa says it himself. But his willingness to testify against the despair and injustice in his environment is nonetheless brave and insightful.
Often, we're distracted by a number of objects and platforms whose sole purpose is to do exactly that: distract. From building a better world. Distract us from escaping cycles of failure and poverty. Thank you, Nappy Nappa, for this project and being tight as always. And in your own way.
What do you think? Should the youth speak more on social and political issues?
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