A-F-R-O Spits Those Bars That Have Been A Long Time Coming For Lyric Lovers (Audio)

In the last year and change, Bellflower, California MC A-F-R-O (All Flows Reach Out) has released a mixtape, he’s stolen the show in more than a few videos, and he even had a significant role in VH1’s film-turned-series The Breaks. On July 8, the R.A. The Rugged Man protege will release a free EP, produced entirely by Marco Polo (Boot Camp Clik, Pharoahe Monch, Rakim).

Today (June 14) when A-F-R-O and Marco gave up the goods on “Long Time Coming.” The first single from the upcoming Duck Down Music-backed EP finds A-F-R-O going literally off the rails with the liquid linguistics. Fans of R.A., Kool G Rap, and Big Pun look no further as this MC takes technically advanced rhyming to its motherland. Moreover, the song is not short on substance either. In a week where gun violence played a key role in one of the largest tragedies in US history, this record joins Monch’s “When The Gun Draws” as a another chilly (and advanced-lyrical) reminder to the perils out there. Never preachy, A-F-R-O keeps the song dynamic with animated deliveries and a syncopated flow that is hard to top.

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Marco’s deft digging for piano minor chords, hard drums, and distorted vocals give the song the complement. Shylow cuts up some C.L. Smooth, and builds a strong scratch chorus.