Friday, July 23, 2010

Buzz Track: Outasight feat Freddie Gibbs - Near The End

So what if I told you there was this new artist out of NY that described his music as an "Energetic hip hop mixed with melodic soul" with influences from other genres such as classic rock and soul. If you're intrigued, read on because that's the Modus Operandi of ya boy Outasight. In case you missed it, he quietly dropped a studio joint titled Further EP a few months ago in March. Fueled by the single Catch Me If You Can and a Mixtape fueled by the Hip Hop clothing company LRG, he's started to get his name out for his unique rock soul/rock, bluesy sound that borders on both Hip Hop and Pop. Video below:

I'll be the first to admit, I was sorta lukewarm on his material at first, but I respected his off-the-beaten-path, unique sound. Then...I saw a collaboration with of all artists, Freddie "Gangsta" Gibbs. Really?? Definitely struck me as odd that the two would get together on a track considering their somewhat polar opposite realms of new school Hip Hop sounds.

But to their credit, they made it work on Near the End. The upbeat, rolling bassline is aided by a catchy guitar riff on the hook, setting off the laid back, effortless delivery of @outasight. And I'm gonna stop selling @FREDDIEGIBBS short (like I did on my rating of the 2010 XXL Freshman) after hearing this track and being impressed with his ability to blend with a "non-Hip Hop" sounding beat. Major Daps & lbs to (Gary, IN STAND UP!)for killing his verse on the track, matching the fast paced tempo of the beat bar for bar and managing to give it the Hip Hop flavor it needed.

There is a LOT to be excited about in Hip Hop these days with newcomers summoning the courage to stick to their own unique sound that isn't at all like the cookie cutter crap that plagued the early years of this decade. Didn't see this one coming one bit, but that added to the allure and is a big reason why this track gets it's own post.

Give it a listen...

Outasight feat Freddie Gibbs - Near The End
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