From the first few seconds of Wavy Money Records newest release (and his first in a significant amount of time), it’s obvious that he’s maintained every ounce of the homegrown New York grit that put his name on the map in the first place. For the following ten minutes, W$R continues to put his stamp on the rap game with effortless intensity.
Working primarily on his own beats, the producer-rapper’s ability to lace murky bangers with spine-chilling lyricism is second to none. It sounds as if most of these songs are freestyled, which given their incredible attention to detail and flawless flow switches only proves how talented an MC the New York native truly is. ‘Cipher’ is the best example of how incredibly focused W$R is on the mic. His lyrics are filled with anguish: ‘I rap with hustle and pain, I’m moving like I got nothing to lose but something to gain’, and his voice paints a picture of a life filled with struggle. ‘Cipher’ is a seriously epic track, every bar is threatening, braggadocious, or world-building. The suffocating mixing and atmosphere treat listeners to one of the more unique hip-hop experiences of 2020.
‘Die For Respect’ is a slight outlier in the sense that it sounds much more like a classic NY rap anthem. The influence of DJ Premier can be heard in the work of producer 5thspirit, while W$R goes nuts on the mic. Lyrically the rapper highlights biters, keeping it real and of course his immense talents as a student of the game. A forever underrated artist, W$R is placing an indelible mark on the game with The Conspiracy Files, an excellent four track EP that will surely attract new fans from all corners of the rap world.
Listen to the project in full here.
– Chris (@108mics)