â€œI make FRESH rhymes DAILYâ€¦â€
“I make fresh rhymes daily…” – Special Ed “I GOT IT MADE”
Two weeks ago I went out to a party for NBA 2K7 at Home nightclub in Midtown Manhattan. If you aren’t down with the Xbox Live underworld, 2K7 is the newest version of the long running basketball video game franchise that has me yelling at my TV on the weekends. I’m signed on to Xbox Live as Daydog, so if you see me online be easy homie, I just might screw up ya win/loss record.
The venue was packed to the hilt with some corny industry types (me not included), with a few cool peeps sprinkled about. A Tribe Called Quest was in the building (without Q-Tip of course). I had a Sadat X (of Brand Nubian) sighting. NY Knicks Q Rich and Nate Rob were in there buggin’ on the sticks, getting smacked on the court like in real life! (I love the Knicks tho). While case’n the joint I ran into Shaq, who is on the cover of 2K7 for the second straight year. Dude had on a three-piece suit (without the main third piece, the blazerâ€¦) to match up with his Shaq sneakers, go figure. Waiting for the velvet rope to move so I can hit up the sectioned off area and greet Shaq, I was approached by DJ Vinyl Richie (Rhymefest’s tour DJ) and his friend who introduced himself as Fresh Daily. I laughed when I heard his name, cus I immediately thought of the Special ED line above. He said, “Yep, I’m an MC.â€ I thought the name was clever enough to think that dude had to have some good rhymes. I figured he would hit me with a link to his Myspace page like everyone else (check my last blog, thanks for the links y’allâ€¦keep them coming), but dude hit me with a tagged up mixtape CD. Graffiti with ill colors I thoughtâ€¦ok, we could have something here. I handed one to DJ Clue of Power 105FM and dude gave me another one. I skated out the spot and planned on checking his CD out on my ride home, but ended up yakking on my cell.
Got in the car the next morn’ and popped the joint in. No high hopes, just wanting to hear some good shit, and that’s exactly what my ears got to experience.
Fresh Daily’s Mad Flavas the Mixtape is dope. Point blank. I didn’t realize he is from Brooklyn â€˜til a few songs in (another point, I can’t help it yall, I’m BK all day). His flow sticks on top of beats like driftwood on water and can adapt to whatever tempo is thrown at him. One of my favorites is “Super Spectacularâ€, ill piano and horn loops like if Pete Rock did a song for Willy Wonka (whatever that means). Rap topics range from his love of New York, to growing up broke, to his excellence on the mic. Some real â€˜92-’93 shit. His look is backpack swirled with internet genius/fly street wear gear. Most rappers that wear glasses are dope, just an observation I’ve had from back in the day (see Large Pro, Lupe Fiasco, Zev Love X, help me name some more).
The CD’s inside jacket says that Fresh has an album dropping in Summer ’06 (?) titled Fresh Daily is the Gorgeous Killa in Crimes of Passion. We’ll see what’s up with dude. I felt I should share this with yall cus of my last blog. The new music gods musta been reading Crown Jewels and threw this at me. Been listening to it all day. Gonna need some new shit though, so keep it all coming. Don’t think I’m not checking the comments box. Duss Smite you doing it homie. Hakim thanks for the verbals. Some of you southern cats are puttin’ in work, so I tilt my fitted. Hit me.