With this 3 minute rap mansion, we see the raw talent the philly underground rap scene cultivates.
Written by Andrew Perciballi
Reepstaxx’s (INSTA) “Payday (Freestyle)” uses a hard beat with relentless rhyme schemes to blow you away. No chorus appears in the song, instead the rapper uses straight bars to carry you through like an unrelenting song. The rapper isn’t collaborating with the beat- its just there to support him- its not a song, it’s a rap attack set to music.
Standing above the crowd on a global scale isn’t easy but with this many straight bars how can you not be impressed with the freestyle now sitting with over 50k steams on Spotify.
“I was influenced by the Philly underground rap scene since a buck. I really looked up to Meek and Reed comin’ up” While definitely matching the potential for aggression, Reepstaxx can also mix and match his syllable patterns like Meek can as he demonstrates throughout his freestyle. Reep moves back and forth between a melodic pause and machine gun rapping that finally ends in a more traditional sway. We also get a lot of exposition about the rapper’s roots coming from nothing which makes the song feel triumphant as a professionally produced and complete thought.
Here Reepstaxx uses the syllable pause and rhyme to tie the first two lines here to the second two lines of much faster rapping. You can see this is incredibly dense and honestly, this isn’t even the densest part of the freestyle.
A lot of the technicality on display here is at par with the raw bars prevalent in early 90’s rap such as “Naughty by Nature” and other rap groups that focused on the bars more than the beats. In a world where first class beat can be produced at the underground level, we get this incredible amount of digging deeper even at a local level.
There’s even a segment at the beginning of the song where he ends each line with many letters of the alphabet, it is done so flawlessly I didn’t even notice until my force listen when I had the lyric sheet in front of me. If that isn’t some Blackalicious shit then I don’t know what is.
Here we can see throughout this entire segment including 3 different syllable patterns largely he keeps to the same rhyme scheme of O sounds at the beginning of a line and IN sounds at the end. Reepstaxx does this entire passage extremely fast and it leaves your head spinning. I could go through about 6 albums of this freestyle and not get bored. It’s great to see underground music pushing the envelope like this.
This year the Netflix documentary on the origins of rap came out, Eminem dropped arguably his most technical album to date and artists all over who focus on lyrics are starting to really shine publicly. It’s great to know that there are current rappers like Reepstaxx building up their cities 35 years after rappers laid the ground work on break beats.