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Most historians, cultural critics and hip hop intellectuals will tell you that hip-hop is inherently political. Its humble beginnings within marginalized communities spoke volumes locally. And when it comes to larger-scale issues, like the modern day Mid-East conflict, it’s no secret which side hip-hop generally leans towards. Judaism has never been a particularly safe bet – it was never framed as the rebels’ religion of choice. So when a proudly-Jewish emcee teams up with a brother from New York, it’s difficult to keep politics out of the mix.

On the surface, Freestyle vs. Written – a project featuring C-Rayz Walz and Kosha Dillz – could be any indie LP by any indie artist. It could be filed neatly under the “underground hip-hop” category with its safe, traditional hip-hop sound. However, it is different thematically. Kosha Dillz offers a candidly Jewish perspective throughout – exactly what you’d expect with titles like, “I Love Jews,” and “Ariel Sharon.”

With many young urbanites residing on the left of the political spectrum, rocking the familiar black and white kuffiyeh (often interpreted as a symbol of solidarity with Palestine), references to “the state of Israel” and “terrorists” are bound to raise eyebrows. But regardless of your political slant, Kosha Dillz is entitled to his.

The admirable sincerity of “Babywipes” and “Holiday” are noteworthy, although the tendency to rehash similar themes in every song eventually wears thin. But the consistently well-crafted lyrics that make you question whether or not they truly are all off the top, are testament to C-Rayz’s talent.

Both emcees manage to hold down their end of the freestyle-written deal, with witty, irreverent lyrics and candor. Freestyle vs. Written scores points for trying something different, even if it isn’t the most entertaining.

– Alison Isaac

Comments

  • lol @ kosha dillz

    c-rayz is a hustla baby

  • Shaun P

    I know c-rayz personally, and the cat is one of the smartest, funniest, wittiest brothas I know. His off the top rhymes go from the most insane, the most esoteric, to the most comical. BX Baby all day!

  • super love

    hey man….this is ground breaking..kosha dillz is a genius!

  • bs19

    Kosha is decent live, weak on this album. Annoying, too. Skip it.

  • dedicated

    i think its legendry tht these 2 came together

    4/20’s hitler’s brthday/ so why does everybody smoke weed

    4th of july they scream revolution in hip hop/ the same people lighting off fireworks

    classic lines by kosha dillz

  • legends

    kosha dillz is always working hard…no doubt he will be on the top of independent game sooner than later. No one can deny a good person who hustles harder than anyone else

  • PAWZ

    THE BEAST BREATHES ON BEATS ….NUFF NOT SAID
    THIS ALBUM IS CLASSIC DOPENESS
    KOSHA IS LUCKY THIS ALBUM SAW THROUGH
    SALAM SHALOM PAZ
    100

  • goodies

    album is fresh. both with good parts. fun and sad…

  • mikey G

    i dunno man…72??? this is defintely a real album..not all fabricated beats of hot ass producers…lucky the labum saw thourhg for kosha??
    hmm…well i think these guys both uplifted their career on this one…seriously…kosha kills it…and now has a great history in hip hop…classic dopeness indeed.knetron da mastodon and kosha are bound to get big on it. i cant wait for more highly publicized c rayz ish

  • dj indiana jones

    no doubt, walz is, in my opinion, the best off the top freestyler i have ever seen. His energy and lyrics are some of the best out there, one day the world will recognize his dopeness. Kosha – he been working hard and it’s starting to pay off! keep up the dope concepts!

  • UNLCE WILLY

    mikey g …..indiana jones and i think your a bitch!

  • kosha !

    hip hip hooray…

    check for other reviews here guys…

    http://www.urb.com gave us 4 out 5 stars
    were also in SPIN magazine..

    yippie!!