Queens rapper Shirt is clearly a fan of hip-hop, crafting his music as if he was influenced by the greats of the 1990’s. With that said, he’s crafty like a modern rapper, seeing an opportunity to make music where others wouldn’t. His latest is “It Be Your Own Drums,” over a beat that consists of a loop from a video of Kanye working in the lab.
Let’s be honest: the loop itself is hard. Shirt totally snaps on it, turning in one long verse, sans hook. “We just want the album nigga put it out/Nas June 15th get the studio bequeathed,” he raps, anticipating Nas’ soon to be released project. He also mentions looks for a reply to Kelis’ recent allegations against the Queensbridge Projects legend: “I just hope the nigga addresses Kelis/I’m not playing I’m not playing.”
Later in the song, Shirt seems to criticize Kanye. “Come to Camp Shirt can’t be nice and not blunt/What I learned from Virgil is there’s a right way to disrupts,” he raps, showing love to Kanye’s friend and former creative director. “That might be right straight to your gut/And I don’t know so maybe right away that’s enough.”
Listen to “It Be Your Own Drums” below.
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