I had to stop and rewind this multiple times. Basically once a minute.
Mickey Factz reminds us all, in case ya forgot, that he’s one of the coldest freestylers in the game. He stops by the L.A. Leakers spot for almost 7 minutes of non-stop rhymes and cleverly alludes to… you name it… throughout. Was seriously impressive. And being an NBA nerd, I appreciated his whole stretch name-dropping Vince, Nique, Kemp, and more.
Now I’m ready for Y-3 — Mickey’s upcoming project on 9.9 that’ll feature CyHi The Prynce, eLZhi, Just Blaze, and more that Factz has yet to reveal. For now, run this freestyle back and peep the 2 covers below.
The summer of beefs continue, though this isn’t totally that — more of a competition in the making.
And one I think we’re all excited about. If we haven’t forgotten about Meek Mill vs. Drake with Compton last night, this should cement it.
The story: Mos Def a.k.a. Yasiin Bey issues an open, live rap battle challenge, names his team (Black Thought & King Los). That video is below. Lupe caught wind of this and accepted the challenge on Instagram. Nice quick couple bars there too, Lu.
While we’re here, let’s have a little #FBF and relive the couple of times Lupe & Mos Def killed it together. (Plus, ICYMI, Lupe dropped the unreleased Drizzy’s Law this week.)
Above: Raw video from Mickey Factz of him and Charles Hamilton puttin’ down some easy, off the top bars over “0 to 100”. Mickey flows effortlessly on this and of course, played to the crowd anticipating the headliner: Lupe Fiasco. Charles does his thing too so this is an easy, fun, no doubt watch.
Below: Lupe Fiasco and Mickey Factz, spotted on the latter’s IG, backstage as the Tetsuo & Youth Tour was in L.A. last night.
For his latest visual, Mickey Factz brings his sample of The Weeknd’s “Rolling Stone” to the forefront with 740 Park Avenue‘s “13th Disciple” up above. This is a great song for any casual listener to catch up on new Factz as he describes personal struggle throughout. On top of that, the Fred Oliveira directed visuals have a wide variety of scenes; whether in a church or out in the open, it’s crispy. Sponsored by Uniqlo, produced by LoveAtFirstSound.
Another fresh Mickey Factz feature for the new year… and no, it’s not a remix of Drake’s “Trophies”.
The song bears the same name but a boom bap sound, amplified by scratches from DJ Centrifik on the hook. Both newcomer Evolve (from Texas) and Mickey himself drop some memorable lines in their verses (note the :50 second mark and the 1:53 mark, respectively). Evolve actually concludes it with a quick set of bars before more scratches take it home for good. All in all, it’s one to rock with in a rap rotation that already features old 90s hip hop. Add it there for a fresh twist.
ICYMI: Astro Boy f/ Mickey Factz “Doin This” | Mickey Factz “MauSe: An American Tale”