CROOKED I – HIP-HOP WEEKLY SERIES
After nearly 12 years in industry limbo and on the brink of obscurity, the Long Beach native (and man widely credited with originating this concept) began flooding MySpace and the blogosphere with weekly freestyles over everything from pop hits like Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” to Left Coast classics “Deep Cover” and “Xxplosive.” Beginning in April of ’07 and lasting until April ’08, the buzz Crooked built off of the series earned him a spot on XXL’s first Freshmen 10 (then known as Leaders of the New School) cover and led to his teaming with fellow net-favorite MCs Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5’9 to form Slaughterhouse.
Highlight: “Blueprint 2 (Freestyle)”
Originality – XXL
Quality – XL
Consistency – XL
Overall – XL