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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 is a born-and-raised Calgarian who works as a freelance writer, photographer, and A&R talent scout for Universal Music. During the day, she runs a vintage clothing boutique on 17th Avenue called Used House of Vintage. Sarah graduated from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism diploma program in 2013 and has been writing about Canadian hip-hop since 2012. Sarah has written for The Yellow Pages Group, The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in January 2013 as the Regional Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Rich Homie Quan, Action Bronson, Smoke DZA, Future, MGK, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @IHeartTART

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