If you’re a rapper who hits the major league, you put on your team of weed carriers, whose talents usually range from capable/tolerable to utter ass cheeks. It’s one of those unwritten laws of rap which has almost universally reviled side-effects.
If you’re a producer who hits the major league, you produce tracks on every damn album until the whole game is over saturated with your sound, and if by some arcane miracle you manage to stay relevant once that happens, you put on your protege act. These are usually attractive mouthpieces for your production work whose careers fizzle out after one album, or weed carriers. Whose careers fizzle out after one album.
If you’re a producer that has carved his or her own lane, steadily releasing material that built towards an impressive career with longevity and a solid fanbase, but never exploded into the charts with ubiquitous hit records that cross over to the mainstream, your name might be 9th Wonder. So what’s your next step supposed to be?
How about mentoring a young woman through the pitfalls of an industry not exactly welcoming to those that rather flex their rap talents than their gluteus maximus? The kind of woman who can offer a much-needed female perspective on rap, but doesn’t get lumped into the “she can spit, for a girl” category because, she can spit, period. Let her stick to her guns of simply crafting quality rhymes, unencumbered with current trends, as much as you are with sticking to your familiar production style. Soulful, warm sounds, over uncomplicated but nonetheless knocking drums and sharp snares. And if her debut album doesn’t fully get the attention it deserves, connect with Drama to add his brand recognition to a carefully crafted tape following the same warm, soulful bent, and dope spits, along with some great features.
Then you have what we have here, a free tape, showcasing a very promising talent, that’s better than a ton of retail albums out now. It’s called She Got Game.
You know what? She does.