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Surfin' da Ultimate Rap League

David Goodson | 9/7/2011, 4:16 p.m.
While industry in the United States as a whole is on the decline, you gotta...
Surfin' da Ultimate Rap League

Hailing from the neighboring city of Newark, N.J., you may already have an idea of what the content's like-real life, real stories, real rap. Surf expounds, "There's a difference between hard and real. I know about trapping to eat. I know what it's like to see cars coming down your block with the headlights off, hopping the gates, and the only thing going through your mind is your daughter."

He continues, "I put what I've been through on tracks and paint a picture-seeing things, sponging it and putting my twist on it. I feel there's a lot of people in my situation throughout the world who can relate to what I've been through. That's why it's catching on."

As a listener, a song that's exemplary of art imitating life is the lead track from the mixtape, "Surfs Up! Vol. 1," entitled "Freedom." The song has a sense of introspection, defiance and vulnerability that's reminiscent of "Reasonable Doubt" and "Only Built for Cuban Linx."

"That song wrote itself. I was 18 years old, sitting in a cell and looking at spending the next 18 years on lock. It wasn't looking good. I was at the bottom of the bottom. To be where I am now-I lived to see 21-I can look at the upside and say to myself, 'Do you want this?' Or I can listen to 'Freedom' and ask, 'Do I want that?' It's not complicated. If I can set up for me and mine to be better, we gonna do it. We out!"

That's hip-hop.

I'm out. Holla next week. 'Til then, enjoy the nightlife.