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DJ Green Lantern presents 38 Special: Out On Bail

Like most of the hip-hop world, I wasn’t introduced to 38 Special until a few minutes ago when he appeared with Young Chris on Invasion Radio. Not only were his bars as ridiculous as the prices that movie theaters charge for their Snickers but you can argue that he stole the show from Young Chris. Before he made that appearance the only .38 Special I knew of was the one in my older brother’s drawer. But that’s neither here nor there. So here we are and 38 is stating his case that he just may be thee realest rapper in the game.

I mean when dude goes into story mode and paints the kind of picture he did on “Do The Math” about putting the love on one of his workers who shorted him on some work, you can tell this man’s been through everything he’s talking about. And it’s pretty hard not to believe this man when he says, “A shotty blast’ll put ya nigga in a body bag/or a body cast/if you see him you’ll probably gag/know how many whips I done crashed? It’s nothing! Fuck it!I break bricks like karate class… I left a lot of niggas messed up/f’d up/flesh cut/guess what? I don’t regret much” on “Never Have To Run.” I believe very few rappers in this game, and 38 just made that list. He’s up there with Beans, Styles and Shaquille O’Neal (He ain’t lie when he said, “Everything’s going well, following my dreams/I dunked on Patrick Ewing/I won the ring like Hakeem.” That’s realer than 95% of what every rapper is saying nowadays).

As much as I like listening to this man go hard on these beats, I’d be lying if I said his content didn’t leave much to be desired. Special got a dope style, witty metaphors and his flow is respectable, but aside from talking about the thug life and drug life, there wasn’t much substance to his music. There were a few joints like “Do The Math” and “Keep Pushin” where he speaks on men and women in the struggle, but I mean dude basically said it all on “Dump. Dump. Reload” when he rhymed, “Money, cars and clothes/that’s all I know/I ain’t worried ‘bout no hoes/I grind and get this dough.” For that majority of the mixtape that seemed to be the case.

No matter how much I love dudes who spit hard like Beanie Sigel and Styles P, their music is much deeper than just rap. They drop jewels in their rhymes along with dropping shells and bodies. This dude 38 Special has all the right tools and I’m feeling the style, but he’s not quite there yet. But with joints like “In Love With You” where he personifies his love affair with perico or “Bottom Bitch” where he compares and contrasts how he treats his wifey and his jumpoff , homie shows promise that sooner or later he’s bound to get on the right tracks and leave a ton of skid marks on these streets.-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Never Have To Run”

Weakest Joint: “Dump. Dump. Reload”

  • Stevie B

    Shaquille? lol

    I have not heard this dude yet but if this dude is as real as you say O, I do not think his material will change up that much I cant see him gettin too deep I cant see him gettin a deal lol.

    But sounds like like some gritty shit i could listen to on the C train

    • O

      LOL. No doubt, Steve. He really is itty gritty with it, that’s why i’m rooting for him…

  • Pierzy

    What up O…

    I have a compilation mixtape for you:

    http://tbohiphop.net/hevehitta-dj-unexpected-04-14-09/02/

    It’s pretty silly….

  • Pierzy

    What up O

    I have a compilation mixtape for you:

    http://tbohiphop.net/hevehitta-dj-unexpected-04-14-09/02/

    It’s pretty silly…

  • BeerGangsta

    Good Mixtape cover! I hope it sound good like it look on the cover. Every since Green got fired by that Honkey EM. I have not heard a lot from him. Green is a pretty good DJ and Beat Maker.

    • O

      Damn Beer, Honkys, wetbacks, you mad at the world, ain’t you?

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  • http://yahoo Jaki

    yall mad wack you haters yal not evn on his level like come on who leaves comments hating on somebody they cant get up to but yea wen 010 come you gone see who da realest is yea….right but if you really wanna know who he is go to http://www.tre8special.com and youll get to know em more then you think you do.

  • gansta

    that shit is fire