Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"It's a Shame How it Plays Out, Left Me Naked Took the T and Let the Pain Out"

Residing somewhere between mainstream obscurity and being a solid bet to become a household name in 2011, @gilbereforte is part of a group of upcoming MCs that make interesting music. I say interesting because the breadth and variety of Hip Hop he is capable of creating can only be matched by the likes of @bobatl or @chiddybang. He can go hard and spit bar for bar like on Born in 87, he can pull off the dance sound with Kanye like on the Alors on Dance (Remix), but what sets him apart for average rapper are his covers of Indie tracks. Simply put they are a a template for how to weave a well known, beautifully creative song into a Hip hop sample. From his remix of Adele's Set Fire to the Rain to his sample of Florence and the Machine's Dog Days Are Over, he is a master at translating Indie likability to Hip Hop success.

With all that being said, he takes on more of an R&B stance with the track below, Die For You, off his @doncannon hosted mixtape Eyes of Veritas. The mixtape was released in early Feb and I'm still not exactly sure why less than 2,500 people have downloaded the tape of datpiff. Kind of a head scratcher because I would have willingly copped it just to listen to the track below that features the production of everybody (including me)'s favorite beatsmith @SmokedOutLuger.

Even more notable, Gilbere released a video for the track today that is more of an Asian mafia style short film directed by @jwhi...
The slow, methodic way Gilbere steadily attacks the track lyrically fits well with the cinematography. I'm always a fan of cohesiveness and when it can be achieved by telling a story visually that fits the similar message that his lyrics are trying to convey, you deserve dap. Well done @gilbereforte and @jwhi, I can appreciate different and that's what you pulled off with the video...#LugerBeatWasIcingOnTheCake

Bonus: Don't sleep on that new mixtape Gilbere dropped last week titled Philadelphia Freshman...

Gilbere Forte - Die For You (prod by Lex Luger)


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