The ability to rap over any beat, no matter the style, is an under-appreciated trait in MCs these days. The UK's Stormzy comes from more a grime-based background, but fast-paced, 140 BPM tracks only make up part of his discography. As is also the case with fellow Brits Krept & Konan (the former of which is name-dropped in this new track), he's more than capable of taking on US hip-hop fare, and proves this with a new freestyle over The Game and Drake's "100."
Titled "10 Minutes," Stormzy's version takes on ghostwriting ("You can't ever tell me that they wrote my raps"), "gangsta" posturing ("What kind of gangsta rapper gets his face boxed? What kind of gangsta rapper goes and name drops?"), and much more over the course of three and a half thrilling minutes.
I dropped "Shut Up" just to make 'em shut up
These niggas love to reach and try to find a come-up
I ain't never seen you go and fuck a clubber
If there's any problems you can come and buck us