Now that Little Brother is no more, is Rapper Big Pooh going to set down the mic and take a breather? Don’t be “redic!” Not only is the North Carolina native hard at work on the solo tip, he’s also been cooking up plenty of collaborative material – including No Surrender, the latest single off beatsmith Explizit One‘s forthcoming full-length. Over the Massachusetts producer’s tension-fraught piano backdrop, Pooh hits the mic with laid-back determination, effortlessly dropping polysyllabic rhymes and even managing to work in a Punch-Out reference: “Got a concrete stare and a three-piece grin / Glass Joe, let me see your chin.” Boston native (and exclusive freestyle series contributor) M-Dot takes over where Pooh leaves off, lacing the track’s latter half with equally on-point braggadocio, and DJ Family Tyz ties it all together with some authentic cuts on the chorus (sampled from Jadakiss’ Time’s Up). Never Surrendering and much more will be found on Explizit’s Out My Mama’s Basement LP, set to hit record stores and online retailers “soon.”
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