From the recording Rest In Beats 2021 (Freestyle)
Longtime Hip Hop journalist & radio DJ Billy Jam invited me to bust a freestyle in honor of some icons who passed away this year in 2021 as a part of his weekly WFMU show, "Put the Needle on the Record".
Massive soul salute & commemorations go out to:
Gift of Gab
Prince Markie Dee
Rasar Amani aka Random Abiladeze
Listen to the episode here:
Enter into the center room of the Temple of Boom
May we remember those whom
gone too soon, return to the celestial womb
& yet I can still feel their essence loom
Treasures in a tomb
Decorative & jeweled
Heavily impressed that I menaced booths
So I pay my respects to MF DOOM
Put you in touch with your inner eye with a rhyme
& perceive the simple truth from the bigger lie
So funky even when he rhymed off beat
Matter of fact, the mask remind me of Shock G
the way he wore the funny nose & the glasses
Genius music made for movin' asses
Groundbreakin', the influence was truly massive'
I miss when cats would clown around & have us laughin'
Now that's a real lit party
Speakin' of sacred clowns, what up with Biz Markie?
I could never "catch the Vapors"
or be a Cap'n Save-A, I'd rather captivate ya
& if the beat drop, its cool we can do without
Just make the music with your mouth
Growin' up, rap was the reason I had joy
Kids was teasin' me, I was a Puerto Rican Fat Boy
Similar to Prince Markie Dee
Latinos on the mic for some was hard to see
now what would I be without the road carved for me
if it wasn't for the architects who pushed the artistry
Its not a cause for arguing
And you'd be wastin' your time attempting to martyr me
There's many souls who already paid that bill
so until that day, I'm-a ill rap slay
& kill tracks, 'cuz I'm built for these real last days
The type of signs that "make you feel that way"
Hear the voice of the now, that's the Gift of Gab
Its a trip but I'm glad that I listened instead of kickin' back
half-woke, you need to know the language & how they wrote it
Work the letters of the "Alphabet Aerobics"
To a t, & dot ya eyes, but Dark Man X marks the spot
I heard a mad dog barking on the block
I felt spirit talkin' to me
& told me, "Don't forget Baba Zumbi"
That's word to the "True & Livin'", it's "Mind Over Matter"
So "don't lose ya head' tryna climb on the ladder
It could damage your facilities
Lyrically, I enhance with Random Abiladeze
That's a nod to the man named Rasar Amani
Rest in Beats, Good Brothers, your demise was untimely
may you reside with the godly...