Milwaukee artist EL is a just few short weeks away from dropping his upcoming mixtape: Retrospective II: Free World. To keep the anticipation on high, he has started circulating a collaboration from the offering that he did with fellow 414 talent Yo Dot. The song is coined “Gossip” and it was produced by Derrick Thomas. The production here is of a high-level quality. The urbane bass, distinct fetching background ingredients, midmost tempo, and informal vibe coexist pleasingly together. The hook is fly. The delivery is one of a kind and the lyrics are valid. The verses are favorable. EL takes care of the first verse and Yo Dot manages the second. Each artist contributes spic & span flows, experienced wordplay, and exemplary rhymes. They make it a point to let it be known that they have way more important things to focus on than the senseless chatter that goes on around them. Some standout lines from EL are: “Learned the game from my daddy. Gotta watch out in these streets. Granddaddy drove a caddy, selling nickels to police. Used to play outside on Vliet til we hear them screams. Gun fire flatten tires. Thought the s–t was make believe. (…) N—as say I’m in my prime. You ain’t seen it yet better watch. I be jumping to them numbers like I’m playing hopscotch. Gotta fill my pockets with a couple thousand off top. B—hes call my phone but I never let ’em call shots, EL.” Those are some seasoned bars right there. All in all, this is a prime selection.
**My Two Cents: EL grows on me more and more with each submission. This was a slick single. He and Yo Dot did a great job with the content. Plus, the beat was A-1. The hook was cool too. I liked the way it was executed as well as the point of the lyrics. Retrospective II: Free World is certainly on my list of projects to check out this month. It hits the net on the 27th, so be on the lookout. -MinM