Yesterday's MTV RapFix had a jam-packed show with guests French Montana and Fat Joe flanked by four freshman (yup, that alliteration was on purpose) — Action Bronson, Logic, Travi$ Scott, and Dizzy Wright. Those four proceeded to spit 30 seconds of quick-hitting bars to conclude the show. You could tell the "no cursing" rule messed up Action's rhymes, but he begun things pretty well. Logic was the best with his slick rhymes and the "p" alliteration I wish there was more of (that was fire). The first half of his rhymes were a written? No matter though, because he spit those raps confidently, which was what I was felt was lacking with Travi$ and Dizzy afterward. Maybe it's just their energy in general but both of them had a lifeless delivery that didn't match the energy of Logic's or of the environment and beat in general. Just a one-time critique though for me personally; not gonna let that carry over into my interpretation of their future music. What did you guys think?!
The freestyles and cyphers have concluded; now it's time for the roundtable discussion. Watch above to see the 2013 freshman class talk about what it's like to be on the cover, what influences them, their fans, and where they see themselves in the rap game. Interesting talk if you want to get to know more about these upcoming emcees.
Did XXL save the best cypher for last? Dizzy Wright, Logic, and Angel Haze all do their thing over Jahlil Beats production in the 3rd of 3 cyphers for the annual freshman class (DJ Drama on the 1s & 2s). Dizzy impressed me with some thoughtful rhymes about his come-up and just on this rap alone, he's a little brighter on my radar now. If I haven't already, I'll go on record and say that Logic is my favorite emcee of this freshman class and he definitely saved some of his most hard-hitting bars for this one. The end of his rhymes are my favorite of the video as some clever scientist references lead into the official, in-your-face disclaimer that he's half-white, half-black. See how he delivers it and more, with Angel Haze's intensity continuing the flow nicely for a fitting conclusion.