Nick Grant’s Freestyle Is More Than Funky Enough On This D.O.C. Classic (Video)

Over the last couple of years, Nick Grant has established himself as one of Hip-Hop’s most most promising new voices. In 2016, the South Carolina-born MC released his mixtape 88, which, as its title suggests, was a throwback to the era that played host to names like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. Grant followed up 88 with the release of 2017’s Return Of The Cool, his debut album which remains among the year’s best Hip-Hop releases. While the sound is more updated, it still sports Grant’s complex lyrical flow that puts him in the company of contemporary artists like J. Cole, Joey Bada$$, Logic and Kendrick Lamar.

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Before his mixtapes and albums, however, it was Grant’s freestyles that put him on the map. In 2015, he kicked one of the best of the year on Sway In The Morning and then returned two months later to show it was no fluke. Now, Grant goes back to his roots as he smashes a freestyle for the L.A. Leakers.

Flowing over The D.O.C.’s Dr. Dre-produced classic, “It’s Funky Enough,” Grant exhibits four minutes of flawless breath control. His smooth, laid-back delivery sometimes masks the complexity of lines like “Pay no mind. It’s no biggie, but sh*t I’m warnin’ ya/The way I ball gon’ make some ni**as cornier,” with double entendres on Biggie, eyeballs and corneas. This one requires multiple rewinds.

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Here’s Nick Grant’s excellent Return Of The Cool album.