Lately, the hot topic in Hip-Hop has been whether or not newbies should be up on their history. The debate was sparked from Hip-Hop’s favorite troll Lil’ Yachty — yes he’s overtaken the Based God — recently stating that he couldn’t name five Biggie OR Tupac tracks. While people have been quick to point out Boat’s age as a reasoning for not being hip — he was born in 1997 after both rappers were already murdered — but Pac and Big, in reality, are the two biggest faces in Hip-Hop history and it is a bit odd not to know 5 songs from either. Though historical knowledge doesn’t automatically mean success — and obviously lack thereof doesn’t mean purgatory — Winston Churchill did say that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it… Whatever that means. One of said artists with an obvious taste for Hip-Hop history is Richie Bux, evidenced in his new freestyle, “Knuck If You Buck ’16” an ode to the 2004 BANGER from Crime Mob.
Utilizing a chopped and screwed sample from the original track, as well as a synth heavy trap beat produced by Dee, Bux showcases his stout lyrical ability in full. “That’s the sound of the shotty when it blow/ riding round strapped in the back of the Caprice, all black/ like the D.C. n*gga Malvo.” raps Bux in a fiery cadence that, with some work, is going to set him apart from many of today’s current artists. The track is brief and short, but considering the energy and ferocious energy exhibited by the Midwest native, I’m not sure we could last another minute without breaking something.
Check out the track below and be sure to listen to Bux’s newest project; The Syndicate Meld, out now.
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