There’s nothing worse than spending time and energy chatting up a member of the opposite sex only to find that she (or he) has already got a steady boyfriend (or girlfriend—you get the picture). How does one avoid this demoralizing scenario? Well, you could ever-so-casually drop the question into conversation (“Hey, how does your boyfriend feel about Tibet’s sovereignty?”), you could talk to her best friend, you could steal her cell phone and search for texts with hearts and ‘xo’s in them… or, you know, you could take a page from Pay$0z’ book and just go the direct route: “Are you Taken?” The second of four official leaks off Pay’s forthcoming, Booth-cosponsored Going Against the Grain LP finds the Booth favorite teaming up with R&B hookman Jamil (to whom Pay credits the record’s concept and much of the songwriting) to tackle the issue head-on. Complete with a mellow, synth-driven instrumental by It’s the Life producer Freeze, this cut showcases Pay at his most pop-appealing, but the Brooklynite’s rhymes are as on-point as ever. If you like what you’re hearing, stay tuned for two more leaks in the weeks leading up to the long-awaited release of the emcee’s GAtG LP (set to drop “soon”!).
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