The DMV homie Lyriciss has graced his fans with some new music. He recently dropped a new project called The Balance EP: Money. The EP is part of a four part series that the rapper is releasing in partnership with The DJBooth. This is the second offering from the series. The first is entitled The Balance EP: Respect and can be found here. The Balance EP: Money includes four brand new tracks and is executive produced by Inner Loop Media Group. Also, it features production from Grussle, J-Scrilla and Soulful!. Continue reading to check out a review of two of the four tracks.
This is one of the tracks produced by Grussle. The production is on point. It features a light knock, some background vocals, and a chill type of vibe. There is no actual hook present, just a a few references to the song title towards the end of the track. Which works out fine, the track still flows smoothly. There is no typical verse structure for this track either. Lyriciss basically just spits the whole way through. He does an excellent job too. He kept a good steady pace with a clean delivery, had some crafty wordplay, and dope rhymes. Notable lines include: “But I survive with my grind and my intellect. I’m killing n—-s like diabetes and cigarettes. Light brown skin, soul black as Henney. Stepping over the game like the Kappas shimmy. A lot of rappers in this field can’t practice with me. They some actors to me. Cause I got some James Cagney in me. Smart money, I be running for that. A public enemy, you know they be gunning for that.” Some pretty slick lyricism in those lines, especially the play on the James Cagney reference. Overall, this track is hot and was a smart way to kick off the EP.
“Get It & Go”
This track was produced by Soulful!. Also, it is noted as one of the fan favorite cuts off of The Balance EP: Money. This track kicks off with a short clip pertaining to a Rolex from the popular hood flick Paid In Full. Next, the production fully kicks in. The production is fire. It contains a strong flute element, a mid-tempo pace, and a street type of vibe. Unlike the previous cut, this track does feature a hook. The hook is short and simple but still solid. The verses are quality too. Lyriciss came with a passionate flow and heavy hitting rhymes as he spoke about the power of money, his hometown, and his feelings on certain topics. Check it as he unleashes: “And we don’t trust government. They next door to us. So f–k our neighbors, f–k our neighbors! Police, the guards, and investigators; smile in our face, try they best to cage us. Or leave my whole race on a respirator. Call us criminals, hustlers, haters, like that ain’t what the f–k they made us! Obama got elected, I thought we came up. Then I watch the news and still see the same stuff.” Some pretty intense words being dropped in those lines right there. But it is a sentiment that a lot of people these days probably share. Overall, this track is a banger. It’s a winner all around from the funky style beat to Lyriciss’s top notch content. Strong way to end the EP and easy to see why people love it so much. On another note, Lyricss dropped a video for this cut. It was directed by Chop N Shoot Films. The video is fly and has a clever concept. It also features a beautiful mural and Lyriciss rocking an ill black t-shirt. Check it out below.
**My Two Cents: I enjoyed this EP and think that Lyricss did his thing like he always does. The production was great and his lyrics were too. And I loved the video. I think it was a perfect representation of the track and that Lyriciss did an impressive job acting. But don’t just take my word for it. Click the above provided link and peep the EP and then go ahead and click play on that video. I promise it’s ten times better than almost anything else that’s out right now. -MinM