It’s weird to say but I’ve reached a point in my rap listening life where it’s hard for me to get into overly “lyrical” mc’s. This isn’t to say there aren’t a plethora of rappers I enjoy who fit this description , it’s more a case of me not really checking for new ones. Generally, if i hear a rapper rapping a certain way, nowadays, I’ll acknowledge he’s good but probably skip putting him into my Ipod rotation. That said, there are exceptions. Today’s “Yay or Nay” is one.
Coming from Portland, Oregon, Soopah Eype has apparently been around for a while now. I actually just learned about him last week while glossing over some random top ten lists for this year. He released a new album on bandcamp called “better off dread”. The person who wrote the album up described him as a west coast Billy woods so that perked my ears up a little. Well, after checking his stuff out, I don’t really see the comparison but I can say that dude is a pretty great rapper. He’s got all the tools. Great voice, great flow, great presence and he’s not rapping just to be rapping. On top of that, he’s got good taste in beats. He’s a rappy rapper, if that makes sense. He’s not gonna hit you with barz but his verses definitely take some focus to follow. My only critique of him would be his visual representation isn’t particularly strong. His videos are kinda whatever. Honestly, that shit doesn’t bother me at all (and I can relate) but sometimes it’s a small thing like that will keep a good rapper from getting the exposure he deserves. Sadly, that’s how the state of music is right now.
Anyway, here are a few of his videos and joints from his new album.
You can peep the whole album and download (name your price!) right HERE
I should also add I’m not 10% sure how to pronounce his name. Anyone that wants to clarify that, lemme know.