Kxng Crooked Reps For J Dilla On A Freestyle That Breathes New Life Into Hip-Hop (Audio)
Half of Slaughterhouse has been heating up 2017 with a barrage of freestyle displays. As Royce 5’9 has smashed Mondays by tackling several popular Rap tracks du jour, Kxng Crooked (fka Crooked I) has been putting in work on more esoteric tracks.
In a month that honors J Dilla’s life (and sadly, his 2006 death), the Long Beach, California veteran MC takes on Jay Dee’s “Life” instrumental, and bodies it in a way that presumably would have made the Slum Village co-founder quite proud—which is the very line Kxng Crooked closes with.
Dominating the track, Crook’ commands with a verbal essay on his career, his prowess, and his besting peer MCs. However, just as he did on the last freestyle, Kxng Crooked is unafraid to get political. He raps: “You wanna ban immigrants? Start with your wife / You want to end some bullshit? Start with your life / I’m on your head forever ’cause you repped the ‘Birther’ movement / Dog whistle for a Black man, could never be legitimately / In power in your eye sight / And that’s real, though / Nah, I ain’t diggin’ you pussies, and that’s dildo.” From there, he continues to flex his nimble flow all over the Jazz-based beat.
Dilla famously worked with one of Crooked’s mentors, Kurupt, on Fantastic, Vol. 2. Royce also worked with Dilla too.