Tokyo Jetz Freestyle: Watch Rapper Get Back in Her Element
It’s been a long, uphill journey for Tokyo Jetz, but with her undeniable skills and drive, the rapper has a promising career ahead of her.
The 24-year-old, Jacksonville, Fla. native has gone from freestyling in her car to bumping shoulders with the likes of veteran hip-hop acts like Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill. Her latest effort, Bonafide, prompted a meeting with the XXL staff a few weeks ago. During the visit, Tokyo delivered some effortless bars in a freestyle that made it more than clear why T.I. signed her as the first lady on his record label, Grand Hustle.
“From ABCs to 2-2-3s, Osh Kosh, gosh, now I’m G’d up plus C's/I don’t need no vouch, I’m officially stripes/The left might be weak but I’m efficient with rights,” she raps in her freestyle for XXL’s What I Do series.
Tokyo Jetz continues to showcase her meticulous and witty metaphors during the minute-long freestyle while boasting about her new Adidas campaign. In mid-August, the “Freestyle” rapper became the female face of the Adidas Originals POD sneaker and held a meet-and-greet with fans to celebrate being part of The Podsystem Crew, which also includes Houston native Maxo Kream. Tokyo pulled into an Atlanta Foot Locker in a car and even let a few people jump in and spit a couple a bars, a move that got her noticed by Tip and millions of viewers online.
Tokyo closes her What I Do freestyle with: “Made a bag with Adidas, went and dropped on a chain/I started rappin’ in a Honda, went and dropped on a Range, bitch," before walking off.
She’s come a long way from rapping about the brand on Royal’s 2010 track, “Adidas,” that's for sure. Her next feat? Becoming a G.O.A.T. like her favorite rapper, the late Tupac Shakur.
During her trip to XXL's Manhattan office, Tokyo Jetz explained why she opted to use Bonafide instead of Baby Goat for the title of her latest project—she'd been teasing an effort with the latter name since her interview for The Break earlier this year.
"I don’t feel like I’ve done enough to be called a G.O.A.T. yet,” she admits. “My next project was supposed to be called Baby Goat, but I feel like I should wait until I’m where I wanna be with my career to put out my project and title it that.”
The Duval County rhymer says she coined the term "Baby Goat" after people began comparing her to her favorite MC. “It basically came because people started comparing me to ’Pac and people started calling me a G.O.A.T.," she explained. "And I was like ’Pac is the greatest, so I’ll take baby G.O.A.T."
"If you heard it anywhere, you heard it from me first," Tokyo continues. "I don’t care who you see with a chain, I don’t care who you see call themself a ‘Baby Goat,’ I don’t care who you see call their artist a ‘Baby Goat’—I started it.”
Press play above to watch Tokyo Jetz rip her latest freestyle. After all, it's what she does.
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