One of my favorite things about Hip-Hop is the fact that it comes in so many different forms. Inspiration varies in the MC’s and this all can be shifted by location, family situations, who the artist listened to growing up and so many other things. A rapper may very likely have a similar sound as someone else but no two rappers are exactly alike. There will always be something particular about their music that is unique to them and only them.
Growing up with this vast culture to immerse in its understandable for people to have favorite musicians in each era of rap music. We are all touched by something different, continuing the cycle of inspiration being passed on to the next generation after us. The rappers we listen to today all have elements from yesteryear in what they do today whether they would like to admit it or not. It’s when you can balance these influences with something cutting edge and innovative in music that true magic can be created and molded into the next classic.
Georgia-born, Mississippi-based MC Rosser is doing just that on his latest work “Trappoet”. A bit of a departure from some of the sounds that have made him a notable artist in his region on projects like 2016’s “Georgissippi”, his latest work is a bit conceptual in nature. The approach is to mix the strong lyrical content he has been known to curate and mix it with some of the other music he has grown up loving and appreciation. In Rosser’s own words:
“The inspiration behind ‘Trappoet’ is to mesh my influences in 90’s southern rap and blend it with new age melodies, without sacrificing my lyricism. In short I wanted to make something that has a track for everyone: the Hip-Hop purist, the ladies, the club/radio, the hood and the smokers and drinkers.”
A familiar sound kicks off “Trappoet” with the same guitar pattern of Andre 3000’s “Prototype” leading the way. Though production is similar the subject at hand couldn’t be more unique than that of Andre’s version. Rosser and featured artist Ca$h deliver an ode to one of their favorite vices on “Roll Up”. We all have to escape from life’s stress one way or another, if a little herb is one of your ways to do that then this song is for you. The lyricism makes it both a stoner cut and one that a hip-hop enthusiast should be able to enjoy. It effectively sets a nice bar for the following tracks on the EP to try to meet.
Track two is “Nice Look (FWM)” which exhibits Rosser trying to get out of his comfort zone a bit stylistically. Autotune is incorporated into the track, which is one of the more loosely conceptually songs of the entire set. The MC tries out some more melodic flows than those his long time listeners may be accustomed to in his previous music. This works well for him on the verses in my opinion as you can tell he has a little fun attacking the beat here. The hook isnt for me as it is a bit repetitive but for a song that is supposed to be more of a catchy groove I can understand why he didn’t over think it. Solid track but not one of my favorites on “Trappoet”.
“Control” falls next in line and comes with a bit of a dramatic build-up to start. A chopped instrumental leads into some beautiful piano keys that just sound easy to the ear. It all sets the stage for another melodic hook and flow pattern from Rosser. Here I feel it comes together much better than on the previous track “Nice Look” though. He falls into the pocket of the beat, which also may be my favorite piece of production on the EP, with such perfection that I found myself throwing this track on repeat. I loved it.
The energy cranks up on “Cash On Me”. Rosser alluded to this record being fit for the club and radio and I must agree. The beat is one of those in the style of a classic southern banger and the hook is easy to sing along with. Ca$h makes his second appearance on the EP along with GlobalKnockz.
Rosser links up with a fellow rapper respected as one of the strongest lyricists in the state in D.O.L.O. for “Clout”. The production stands out from the rest of “Trappoet” as the tempo is slower and it is far more menacing in it’s sound (it could seriously be a part of a horror movie score). They both speak about how some women these days only care about catching the eyes of other and act accordingly towards that purpose. Both MC’s bring strong verses to the table, as expected.
Rosser chooses to close things out with “Alive (Geogissippi 1.5)”. I viewed this as him leaving his one reminder of what he is capable of with his pen as it is lyrically the strongest effort of the tape. Lines like “Papa really ran the streets as a D-Boy, I used to piss in his cup as a decoy” give insight into some of Rosser’s plight and how it affects him now. It’s a much deeper track than the others here so it’s a good pick to close things out and create anticipation for what’s next in the rapper’s catalog.
Rosser seems to go into crafting “Trappoet” with some very lofty goals. Not everyone can exhibit so many styles on one project without it coming off as forced and disjointed, particularly with only 6 tracks to bring the vision to life. That being said, I think Rosser’s ambition benefits him more than it doesnt on the EP. There are admittedly moments when the different styles don’t necessarily suit him and his skill but overall I would say he exhibits a nice bit of versatility. His willingness to commit to trying new things helps to keep things interesting for any long time listeners and presents an artist who is capable of doing a lot to any first timers.