Review: IDKro – 1993

"Seen the suit, seen the tie, seen the hat I'm him
So y'all can stop talkin that shit, BITCH!
'For they put green on your head, Sims
Asthma with the grammar muthafucka I'm sick"

Let's take you back to 1993, the year that set the hiphop world on fire with classic albums from Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, The Roots, Tupac, Cypress Hill and many more. 1993 was also characterized by a new, raw sound, comprised of lyrical emcee styles that would usher in the "Golden Era of HipHop." IDKro wants to take you back to that essence on his latest EP "1993," showcasing a raw lyrical ability that can compete with the best underground emcees in the game. IDKro's second EP "1993" flips several classic hiphop instrumentals with his own grace and swag, sending forth an unfaltering message of vivid lyricism and versatile flow.

"Split rip the wig then spit slick like Rick
Constrict the disses, I get this shit
The Luke Cage, from Liu Kang
I free slang this new flame" - Shimmy Shimmy Ya Freestyle

Cheers to IDKro for bringing back the old school style boom-bap - a trend of a few other Vegas emcees this year. In particular, "1993" is a remix EP featuring the classic instrumentals of Flava In Ya Ear, Shimmy Shimmy Ya, Shook Ones, Pt. 2, Hail Mary, and 1993, released and made famous by J.Cole early in 2018. IDKro puts on a lyrical display with enthusiastic cadence. Two songs are in fact off the top freestyles with flawless renditions. On "1993" IDKro utilizes a high degree of wordplay and metaphors with frequent classic and modern cultural references.

"It's time we think about the children
Don't raise a shooter, raise the future
Raise a leader - and not elitists" - Hail Mary

IDKro plans to release an album dropping Fall 2018, so this was a teaser project to hold over the lyrical hiphop fans around the way. IDKro has something to prove with "1993;" he accepts any challenge put in his way as an emcee and wants to be recognized as one of the top-tier lyricists in the South West. The natural talent and drive are there - we will see how far it takes this young Vegas emcee! You can listen to the "1993" EP on Soundcloud exclusively.

Favorite Tracks: 1993, Hail Mary, Shimmy Shimmy Ya Freestyle

Production – 5/5 
Lyrics – 5/5 
Flow – 4/5 
Substance – 4/5 
Feel – 3/5 
Originality: 3/5 
Longevity – 3/5 
Overall – 3.9/5

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