Boston's Own Emcee Natural came across my attention when going through fellow Boston-Bred Artist Proph Bundy's list of Artwork for Mixtapes and Albums (http://www.prophbundy.com/). The Cover was straight dope and that alone deserves a listen, so I started bumping it and I gotta say it's a quality tape. I hit up Nasty Nat on Twitter (@Natural617) and got him onto UnderDog Radio, a Hip Hop Radio Show I host on Fried Day's 7 PM to 9 PM EST on UnregularRadio.com and the homie brought #BARS and good love for Hip Hop on March 9th, the late great Biggie Small's 15 year since passing.
After having him on UnderDog I checked out his project "The Bartender", and decided this and a bunch of other great releases are gonna get full reviews from myself since they deserve so... starting now.
Natural "The Bartender"
The first track off the tape starts off strong, Nat was in the zone on this one. No chorus, No talkin', just Natural proving he can give you constant rhymes with no break at ease. The beat is slow but strong, with some heavenly vocals coming at you. This tracks a perfect introduction to the tape.
"Not a Backpacker or a Frat Rapper,
I got thrown out of Frat's then Attacked After"
2. "I Don't Play"
Immediately I thought the beat was a Premo joint, so off rip I was feelin' this track. It's got a dope vibe, almost like it's from the 90's Hip Hop scene. Nat was sayin' this was the single off the tape, and I can understand why; it's a dope track that could catch you... Solid Choice. A video for this would have been Nasty.
"Boston, I'm the guy you met who's Callin' Here,
I'm ridin' for my town here on out, call me Paul Revere"
3. "To Be A King"
Natural sets things off slow but steady, then straight goes off in the 2nd verse! This was a nice switch of tempo. The diction on this one is dope, almost has a medieval times like feel. The chorus one this one is well put together.
"King Arthur when I Author this Craft I Hone,
It's young Nasty just pulled the sword from the Stone"
4. "See Ya Layta"
This track to me seems to be more radio friendly then "I Don't Play", with an infectious hook. Nat tells people off with style in this one. At first I didn't like this song at all, but then the chorus grew on me. Nasty's proving he can make songs and not just put bars together. I been tellin' people off lately saying "See Ya Layta" now; music is greatly influential.
"Most these rappers, done after their First Line,
Come and Go faster than no condom on your First Time"
5. "Hands Up"
At this point of the tape I have to say the production is DOPE. This sounds more like a street album then a traditional mixtape. This song bumps but the only part that seems dry is the Eminem comparison; I know it's his response to people talking about it, but that's where his originality ran short.
"I'm rappin' til I blow, you know my Stacks make the Scene Stop,
watchin' my Green Grow, like Jack and the Bean Stalk"
6. "Fade" Ft. DeFreshCo
This is a catchy song that again could make the radio; Nat' is not just a punchline rapper. This track has the first feature of the Tape, from DeFreshco. I got to be honest, it was hard to hear his verse on this record. I'm not saying that he's whack, his verse just didn't catch me any of the times I bumped it. Not a bad song though.
"The car's out front, the plates say Liberty"
Pocket full of condems, no time for a Mini Me"
7. "Forcin' It"
Natural has some serious Boston attitude, which is great to hear as a fan of the local hip hop scene in the Bean. He doesn't have to sound like someone from New York or Down South to make good music. Once again Nat' hits us with the condom line "Pockets full of condoms no time for abortions kid". It's good to hear that in songs, because it sounds responsible. I'll bump this again.
"Gimme a Shot i'll take it, yea i'll Prolly Score,
Head first with my hands up, Bobby Orr"
8. "There He Go"
Sounds like a straight up strip club joint; maybe not but just alone from that production it sounds like it could have some serious spins in your local titty bar. Nat keeps his trademark clean delivery and clearly commands the track. This is a track i'd like to hear live.
"It's kinda funny when your single they ain't Nowhere,
But when you're taken all of the sudden they Go Near"
9. "Cold Eyes"
Nat gets a little more personal on this one. This track has the most soul that i've heard on the Tape. The emcee show's his depth on this one. The beat is euphoric; this is definitively getting played on UnderDog Radio. One of my personal favorites from the tape.
"If ya girls a dime, don't mean we'll Comp You,
That's why my dudes are here, to Stomp Dudes"
10. "Calm Down"
This track gives the feel of being inside the head of Nat, which is a dope concept. Music like this can help all of those with anger management issues. Nat also lets us in on him liking to drink, which is cool, everybody gotta get their wave on somehow. Another solid track.
"My flows tighter than my grandfather's Hand Shake,
But that ain't Translate to now, now I need some Damn Cake"
11. "Scrummy That Money"
Positive track for everyone affected by the recession. This is the music you can grind to. It's hard to be lazy when a song like this comes in, it's instant inspiration to go earn your slice of the pie and then some. A song like this can help me through the work day while earning that rent money!
"Yea it's cool if you're tough, and you're Down To Ride,
Just know there's no shame in workin' a 9 to 5"
12. "Let Me Find Out"
Nat's a consistent rapper, this is made clear in the Tape when you listen to every track and they all tend to sound like bangers. The choruses are strong in most up to this point, if not 95% are great hooks. Natural's character really shines on here. He'll letchu find out.
"So if you want a problem i'll bring Mines Out,
One word will turn this bitch into Grind House"
13. "Can't Be Stopped (HaHa Freestyle)"
The first and only industry beat on the tape, and I gotta say he picked a dope beat. If it wasn't for this it'd be an album full of original production. But this wasn't a bad mood, as he spits for about 3 minutes straight and does his damn thing. I'm not mad at all that he threw this on the tape.
"I'm fly, shit I got the wings the wings like a Falcon Has,
I'm feelin' great, no X like Malcolm Has"
14. "Winter's My Summer" Ft. Mims & Gudda Gudda
The other song on the Tape with a feature/features. I can't lie, I'm not feeling this track at all. It sucks Nat was last on this, cause his verse was good, but the beggining of this song isn't my cup of tea. Next.
"Bitch i'm good, cologne was a Nice Touch,
style matched the weather, got that Ralph Lauren White Tux"
15. "Oh I"
What looks like one long track at 13:56 seconds.. is really 3 tracks on mp3 file. The first one is in fact called "Oh I" and it's not too shabby. The beat is a BANGA and uses the same sample as Phinelia's "Diamonds". The 2nd track I don't know the name of but starts off strong with some nice punchlines and doesn't lose it's steam. However, the last track is a remix of "Winter's My Summer", which i'm still not a fan of.
"Live a good life, no time for the Drama Dude
What goes around comes around, in other words Karma Loops"
By the end of the Tape I realized Nat put a huge amount of work in this tape and it really shows. Every song seems radio ready, all have great production, and he does his things with the bars. For his debut tape, this was a DOPE project to have be your first release. I'm deffinitly looking forward toward Nat's next tape, which i'll more than likely be reviewing.
Next week i'll be doing a review for another artist I met first on UnderDog Radio.. Kae-Z. He dropped his Tape #ChelseaDreams which is also on Datpiff.com
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