Travel Back To A Different NYC Hip-Hop Climate In Rast RFC’s Across West 3rd Street (Mixtape)
Heads may not know of Rast RFC immediately. However, the Downtown swinger’s name means much more in the graffiti world than immediately to most Rap listeners. A member of the RFC crew, Rast represents that late ’90s, early 2000s-era New York City youth that made panel vans cringe in horror, and old ladies grab their purses. Previously rapping under the moniker of Misterman, Rast has applied his intricate artistry to a new medium, head-on, as an MC.
Like MF DOOM, El Da Sensei, or even Raydar Ellis, this writer-turned-MC has an aesthetic that lives in the twilight of day, rapping with a wide array of influences, in a way that travels through the ’70s and ’80s without being heavy-handed. Arguably, along with Breakin’, Graffiti is the element that’s most in-tune with its roots within Hip-Hop.
Across West 3rd Street (taking its name from the famous Blaxploitation flick/Bobby Womack song) is a mixtape compilation of the recent loosies that Rast RFC has been sprinkling on Heads. Rugged, basement-style beats, take-by-force deliveries, and a gestalt of visual, mental, and musical influences come across in this tape which sounds something like 199-Now, to quote Buckwild & Celph Titled.