The hip-hop scene in Boston is at an all time high. Along with artists like Michael Christmas, Cousin Stizz, Latrell James, Millyz, Avenue, and Dutch Rebelle, Gio Dee is part of a youth movement that is bringing national attention to a city that is known more for its sports than anything else. The Chef Boyz frontman makes his latest contribution with the long-awaited TOTB: The 2nd Coming. The follow-up to his well-received 2012 mixtape TOTB suffered several delays over the course of its roll out and missed its original 2014 release date.
Now with the full body of work available, it’s clear that the rising rapper made good use of the extra time as he delivers his best project to date. It’s a step up from his previous works and a strong example of the growth that can happen for an artist in between projects. Featuring 16 tracks, Gio packs the tape with melodic anthems like “Right Now,” “Wit Me,” “Celebrity,” “Mind Yo Business,” and“For The LOE.” These type of tracks have been the core of his musical output and have become known as his signature sound. However, he isn’t limited to making commercial appealing, catchy tracks. On the latter half of the tape, he displays his breadth with “Soundtrack Of My Life (G-Sh*t),” “Come Clean,” and “Legacy.” These introspective cuts aren’t necessary new to Gio fans. Similar content can be heard on Fashionably Late EP, but these in particular are the best we have seen him at when it comes to letting the listener into his life. The combination of these result in a concise and strong collection of music that will accelerate his trajectory in 2015 and beyond.
Helping Gio are solid guest appearances from K00L John, Quentin Miller, and Millyz, and a diverse cast of producers led by David Greene, TrapMoneyBenny, CMPLX, Izzy The Kidd, Freeze On The Track, and Humbeats. Plus DJ Holiday plays host and adds energetic commentary.
Stream TOTB2: The 2nd Coming below
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