It’s a decidedly Midwestern affair on Verbal Kent and Freddie Gibbs new duo single “Suitcase Switch,” which features the Chicago and Gary MCs each taking a turn over a smooth, lush beat produced by the prolific beatmaker (and Michigan native) Apollo Brown. Kent takes first honors, spitting fire over quivering hammond organs and thumping drums, as if he’s standing at the church pulpit, paying homage to the god Apollo (though that may very well be the case). Threats and boasts abound in Verbal Kent’s rap stylings, and this new single is true-to-form. Breakneck rhythms and stoney-eyed shots are all we’re given, and that’s just right.
And then, of course, Gibbs. The prolific MC who’s touched tracks produced by Salva, The Alchemist & Oh No, Kaytranada, Hanni El Khatib and, of course, Madlib so many more sounds as devilishly comfortable as ever over Apollo’s moody soundscape. The slack tempo gives Gibbs ample space to weave fresh rhythms as he warns against dope men, shotguns and murders that can’t be undone. His verse is short and sweet, but when the skills are this elevated what more could you possible ask for?
“Suitcase Switch” is the lead single off of Verbal Kent’s upcoming LP Anesthesia, which drops September 11th on Mello Music Group. Pre-order it on iTunes today and listen to him and Gibbs let loose below.