Westside Gunn & Mr. Green Partner For An EP. Here’s A Sample From That Stash (Audio)
The Griselda family’s breakthrough player, Westside Gunn, seems to be going even harder in 2018 than he did in 2017, and that says a lot. Having dropped several full-length projects, appeared in the Shady Records BET Cypher, as well as a collabo 12” with MF DOOM in 2017, one might think W.S.G. would chill in the limelight for a minute and concentrate on his major label debut. But that isn’t the “GxFR” way. Only a month ago he dropped Hitler Wears Hermes 5, but the Buffalo, New York MC is already back with an EP wholly produced by MPC sensei, Mr. Green.
For those unfamiliar, this veteran New Jersey beat head has laced everyone from vets like KRS-One and Snoop Dogg, to newer cats like Raz Fresco and A$AP Ferg. He’s perhaps best known for his full albums with Da Outsidaz’ chief-rockers, PaceWon and Young Zee. Green has been on his grizzly in 2018 as well, having already released a super limited (30 copies), lathe cut, clear 7” titled Broken. The rare piece of vinyl includes seven beats he made with his wrist broken in two places. That shows dedication to the craft.
The first drop from this Gunn x Green joint effort, “Part Deux,” hit at the beginning of March and was a fly tribute to one of Wes’ earliest releases, Hitler Wears Hermes 2. However, today shares the new single titled “Stash House” in advance of the six-track EP, FLYGOD Is Good…All The Time, dropping tomorrow (March 23). A dirty drum loop coupled with dramatic strings and Gunn’s playful cadence makes for a track that could be played next to your favorites from a bygone era. The way Green occasionally strips back the beat and slows down the drums to highlight the wavy raps shows the synergy. Clocking in at under two-and-half-minutes, one can listen to this brief banger a few times in a row without it feeling repetitive. Meanwhile, Gunn spits his menacing bars about choosing fear over respect, and building his brand, brick by brick.
In addition to this highlight, look out for “8 Seconds” and “Brazy” as key cuts on the EP.