While many rap fans were preoccupied with the second 2016 XXL Freshman cypher, which starred the controversial new class of “Lil” rappers + Denzel Curry, traditionalists were most excited for the following cypher, which starred Dave East and G Herbo.
Monday afternoon, East kicked off his 2017 campaign by posting a new collab with Herbo and Bronx rapper Don Q called “No Hook,” in which they trade fours and eights over a remorseless mafioso beat.
It almost sounds like a throwback to Nas, AZ, and Nature going back and forth on The Firm. East is emerging as the foremost torchbearer of New York rap, and Don Q is right behind him. No hook needed.
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