Consequence Freestyles With Punchlines Like They’re Inconsequential (Video)
This past weekend (July 30), A Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes & Life turned 20 years old. In addition to what that platinum #1 Jive Records LP meant for Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed, it was paramount to some fresh faces—including J Dilla (as The Ummah’s Jay Dee) as well as Consequence. In those 20 years since, the Queens, New Yorker (and cousin of Tip) known as Cons’ has been busy—helping making hits for Kanye West, getting his solo career off, and even appearing in a major reality TV show.
However, just like ’96, ItsTheCons is still about spitting for fun. Appearing on Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesdays radio show at Shade 45, the MC gets busy over EPMD’s “Strictly Business” instrumental. Within, Cons’ does not hold his tongue in two doses of freestyle lines that incorporate Troy Ave’s May Irving Plaza shooting incident that left one man dead, Taxstone (who was allegedly involved), Tha Dogg Pound, and the rapper’s over-arching suspicion that many of his Hip-Hop peers are not who they say they are.
From the DJ who helped make the freestyle an MC’s calling card (via his 1990s mixtape cassettes), here is another reminder of a rhymer with skills.