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VIDEO: Ab-Liva f/ Pusha T “Who’s Better”

There’s a certain language that rhymes spitters speak and recognize in other quality MCs. Listeners recognize it too and it’s an intangible quality that makes the Re-Up Gang (Malice, Pusha-T and Ab-Liva) one of my favorite groups.

Fine, plenty of artists—too many actually—try to relay cinema worthy tales of excess and outrageous drug dealing, but more often than not they come off flat and hackneyed in the process. More Splenda than fishscale. Clipse and Re-Up on the other hand have an uncanny knack for finding witty metaphors and clever turns of phrase that keep their rhymes sounding fresh. Also, those really paying attention will note that said music holds much more than coke tales and actually contains ample doses of reflection, rumination and righteousness amidst the bars and beats.

Plus, if you’re going to name your next mixtape Long Live the Cane, how can your team not be ill? All that is to say that this Ab-Liva joint called “Who’s Better” was a pleasant surprise on this post-Osama Bin Laden got murked day. Pusha-T on the hook, with no salmon colored garments in sight.  [Props to Mikey Fresh via Big Homie]

May 2, 2011 - Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. YO. In all honesty. The REUP gang and all of it’s members especially Ab Liva are some of the coldest rappers to even be doing it right now. From the way they speak the game to the way they form verses… STOP PLAYIN. I’m all for these guys.. And I’m not just saying that because I know these dudes. Good luck to them in all that they do.

    Comment by teamBMC | May 3, 2011

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