Yay or Nay: Rast RFC


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A reader put me on to this guy a few weeks back and, since then, a few more friends I grew up with have alerted me to him.
This is an interesting one. Rast is a dude from Downtown Manhattan who started the Graffiti crew/gang RFC that was very prevalent during my years growing up in Greenwich Village. In fact, I’m fairly certain one of these times I got robbed, it was by a few of their members. I could be wrong about that but I do vaguely recall that name being thrown around during the mugging. Whatever the case, that crew definitely had a name for itself in downtown Manhattan. While , looking at him, Rast’s face doesn’t ring a bell, a friend reminded me of the one time he came to my house and allegedly stole a bunch of coin rolls I had wrapped up , ready to be taken to the bank. I say allegedly cause I honestly don’t remember it but it’s certainly possible cause I think I bought weed off him and you never know. Whatever the case, he was around. Flash forward to 2014 (this is basically 20 years later) and I find out he’s now rapping and writing. His stories are pretty nuts. If you got time, I highly suggest you read this:
http://massappeal.com/rast-rfc-running-from-cops-a-hip-hop-odyssey/
I gotta say, being from that area , during that era, I feel as though he paints a picture of the village as a war zone. I’d argue that it wasn’t anything like that but, hey, I also wasn’t doing dirt back then. I also knew to avoid the corners that he hung on so maybe that’s part of it too. Walking by the West 3rd street Mcdonald’s in 1993 was definitely a terrible life choice for anyone who wanted to keep their wallets/hats/sneakers.

Anyway, turns out he’s got an album
http://www.audiomack.com/album/nahright/across-west-3rd-street
Now, at first listen, I definitely felt it was some home made demo steeze cause…well, it is. The vocals sound recorded on lap top speakers and the beats, while actually kinda dope, seem firmly planted in 1990. That’s not a bad thing cause that’s pretty much my favorite era of hip hop but I could see those two things bothering younger listeners.
As for the rapping, on first listen, he sounded sloppy. That’s partially the recording though. He also sings. A lot. But not on some Brian Mcknight shit. He’s very reminiscent of early 50 Cent. The more I listened, it all started clicking for me. This is some serious DIY shit done for no other reason but to vent and be heard. He’s a former thug with lots of stories to tell. Sure, it’s a little weird to speak of downtown like he does , after all, it was a somewhat affluent area filled with artists and yuppies in the early 90’s (the artists have since left). But, I suppose , the way he lived down here dictated how he saw it.
I kinda expect most of you to not like this. Mostly cause you guys have proven to not be into thuggy shit , as well as the recording quality might not be up to snuff for all you dicks that complain about bit rates. But I think you should give him a chance cause, if nothing else, this guy delivers a clear snap shot into a very particular time in place in NYC history. One I can honestly say no rapper has ever really touched on.


So, what do you think? (you can pick more than one choice)

12 thoughts on “Yay or Nay: Rast RFC

  1. i kind of like the way the recording sounds, hes got a good style and i definitly think its worth another listen. but maybe if he had better production he would probably sound even better. i do have to say tho, this is much better than that guy you posted of the kid with the face tattoo’s, i think his name was stitches or something

    • Umm…yeah. Stitches is a joke. This is actual rap. The “yay and nay” column and the “this week in ridiculous rap” column are two very separate things.

  2. The Good, The Bad and Me was my favorite. That sample and the hook were good choices and it could definitely be further developed into a real solid track.

  3. You should reach out to this guy about doing a song together. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get those coins back!

  4. Man that is a cool story, I’m not even done reading it yet. but on another note I love the justifications that some of these guys use when telling their war stories. im at the part where he gets his face cut up and he says “The truth is, I didn’t deserve this. Nor did that innocent young girl, but it happened.”

    Anyone else think thats a fucked up way to think? dude is going around robbing everyone he can and shooting guns even at his own brother and he doesn’t deserve to get cut? I don’t hate the guy or anything just wanted to point that out.. anyone else think that’s pretty screwed up? i see a lot of ex criminal types saying shit like that too, downplaying just how guilty they actually were. i think that perpetuates a lot of this stuff. people get this attitude that’s like “well the world fucked me over so now I’m justified in fucking everyone else over too”

    good story besides that though

    • I agree, I should have edited the part where I said “I didn’t deserve this” because the main reason placed the segment with my brother right before the cutting incident, and the reason that passage is called “Karma Strikes,” is because I feel that I did deserve what happened. I definitely misled the readers off my intended literary path with the “deserve this’ statement.

      Thanks for reading it.

      -Rast

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