If you need to get amped, Raz Fresco's got you covered. His latest release, How U Survive Through Life Everyday (H.U.S.T.L.E.), lives up to its name, mostly because the Toronto based MC fills the mixtape to the brim with galvanizing anthems.
"Honey Brown/Money Brown," is a prime example, thanks to its paper-getting chants. It also features a knocking beat and vocals that fans of Ty Dolla $ign will love. Other cuts, like "Everyday," "10 Year Plan," and "Facts Only," fall in that same invigorating vein.
But Fresco also shows his versatility on this release. Songs like "PSA #1 (No Rest for the Wicked)" and "PSA #2 (All My N*ggaz Know)" both feature instrumentals that are more soulful and harken to an earlier era of hip-hop. The latter laments the struggles that his less fortunate friends have to face on the streets; it's a stirring, socially conscious track that'll move even the most hardened of street hustlers.
Those tracks and more will endear Fresco to both the backpack crowd and fans of contemporary trap style. Indeed, How U Survive Through Life Everyday (H.U.S.T.L.E.) finds Fresco not merely surviving, but downright thriving. (Independent)