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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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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah was born-and-raised in Calgary, AB. She is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a 2013 graduate from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism program. She writes about hip-hop and fashion (and sometimes a combination of the two). She also manages a vintage clothing boutique on-the-side. Sarah has written for The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in Jan. 2013 as Canadian Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview some pretty cool cats, including Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Twitter: @IHeartTART

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