He really killed the beat. So much that the actual SoundCloud sound wave frequency looks like a scar on the computer screen.
There is a lot going on in this freestyle.
He audaciously challenges his potential NYC fan base while paying homage to Jay-Z; “do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?” Today, soul DJ’s are the Starbucks of live music and hip hop has been Urban Outfitter-ized; OBEY shirt anyone? T.A. ME is commenting on hip hop heads not getting their hands dirty in their search for prolific artists; they enjoy being spoon fed aboveground-underground whatever.
His two minute twenty eight second flow does not just grab the listeners attention, the song also grab’s the listeners arm and yanks him/her along on the fantastic voyage to NYC. The freestyle is titled Slow Ride to NYC. The title makes sense because everyone knows Houstonians drive slowly. However, he begins by energetically dropping his vocals to the metal with “I’m coming back again, this time solo, hair in the wind… focus air tight, yall are focused on headlights, hope you got a spare life when you find out where those headlights are going.” Here, he describes his getaway to New York, the unsuspecting crowds he’ll transform to boppers, and the microphones he’s going to kill. He ends the bumpy but shock absorbed flow with some comical misdirection by saying “…while I leave off the scene on 4’s yah bitch!” just to show those left in his cloud of dust that the whole hold-on-to-your-seats-roller-coaster-ride to NYC accrued while cruising in an old S.L.A.B. sitting on 84’s.
In the midst of T.A. ME illustrating time space convergence in Slow Ride to NYC, the body of the song is spotless. After each time signature, my immediate response is, “chuuuuch!”
It should be noted that T.A. ME’s freestyle Slow Ride to NYC, samples the Beastie Boys song Slow Ride, and that song samples War’s Low Rider. So we have a Houston artist sampling a New York group, who sampled a California group, for a song about traveling to NYC. Did I create a mental image of a Southwest Airlines napkin map in your head? –Droopy