It's been over two years since Joey Purp shared his excellent iiiDrops mixtape, and the rap world has patiently awaited his return. The day has come with "March 12th," a new single from the Chicago rapper that picks up where he left off, displaying a studied rap traditionalism, a charismatic personality and a proven ear for beats that bridge generations of hip-hop from his city. At times, both his cadence and sense of humor recall a young Kanye West: "I told her I need a lady that's ballin', so if we have a baby we can name him Spalding."
So far, he has not announced a follow-up to iiiDrops, but this single is a good sign that it's in the works.
If I didn't rap and I tried to sing songs
Then when then they give me daps
Could I tell that something's wrong?
It's all in the eyes, man
These n***as lies, man
I heard from a wise man
Don't trust a wise man
I offer her my money
Say she'd rather have time, man