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GiNZ & King Phoenix – The Plug Freestyle [Audio]

Toronto, ONGiNZ and King Phoenix recently teamed up on this sweet new freestyle entitled “The Plug Freestyle.” The track sat on the shelves for a few weeks, but the duo finally decided to release it for our listening pleasure.

What’s super dope about this freestyle is that our two dudes go back-and-forth (four bars at-a-time) for the whole track. This is something that we don’t see too often, nowadays. But back-and-forth rap-tracking is golden. Remember Eminem and Dr. Dre’s “Guilty Conscious”? How about Jay-Z and Biggie on “Brooklyn’s Finest”? Ghostface & Raekwon on “M.G.M.”? You see what I’m getting at here; I really love the back-and-forth.


GiNZ & King Phoenix - The Plug Freestyle [Audio] -

Freestyles can make for a tough listen if there’s no hook to bring the track full-circle. But this freestyle keeps it bumping because we get to listen to GiNZ and KP’s dialogue. Four bars at a time. They’re conscious to pick up on each other’s lines. Where one dude finishes, the other one picks it up. Like when GiNZ finishes one set of bars with “I birthed this style up in the basement.” And then King Phoenix starts his bars with “In the basement/They’re replacing.” Neat, right?

And they praise each other, too. With shout-outs. And bromance-y rhymes. And there’s a hefty dose of real talk, as well. What’s more – the beat on this joint was produced entirely on an iPad. But before you production purists start rolling your eyes; give it a listen.

Twitter: @theginzoh | @kpkingphoenix

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