Arsonal Da Rebel aka “the most disrespectful rapper in battle rap” just dropped his mixtape You Seen It Coming. You might know Ars for battling on URL, King of The Dot, Dot Flop, Grindtime, and MTV’s Wildin’ Out to owning his own platform, UDubb Battle League. The Newark, New Jersey emcee is here to make sure ya’ll know his sh*t real, his sh*t raw, his sh*t is authentic; and you can’t spell BARS without puttin’ that ARS in it.
Arsonal comes out the gate with a biographical intro detailing life in his Newark, NJ streets; more specifically the Southward section. The beat for this first track is ill and Ars did his thing on it. He tells everything from about he grew up, crippin’, crime, women, to battling. Definitely grabbed my attention and me anticipate the rest of the project.
Next on the album is certified street banger! Wit Da Sh*t is a song that needs a video that give you the vintage Smack DVD and Jordan Towers music videos feel. The nostalgia it provided me was incredible because I miss when music gave you that raw, grimy feel; and wasn’t all about sounding like whoever hot at the time. Definitely top 5 on this album.
The title track featuring Rick Rogers, You Seen It Coming, has a Migos type feel to it. Rick is first on the beat and then Ars speeds up the flow and proceeds to well… lose his mind on the beat. This song might get a chain or two to get snatched; cause a mosh pit in the street; a lady might go upside a woman head with a Stiletto bumping this one. This track is filled with the energy that Lil Jon’s music had in the early 2000’s.
Arsonal hits up Uncle Snoop Dogg and Sammie for Eastside, Westside. Yes, the “I like the way you look at me” Sammie. This song is perfect for a pool party this summer. Gangstas are going to bring their Chuck Taylors out of retirement and boogie to this one. Dj’s put this on your playlist; you won’t be sorry.
Bottom line, Arsonal out to prove battle rappers can make songs. The stigma is gone. You want hood bangers; they’re here. You want club songs; they’re here. No matter where you from there something here for you. Very solid freshman album from Arsonal Da Rebel. The only way to go from here is to the top.
Go get that Arsonal, You Seen It Coming from iTunes and Google Play now. Get in tune now or get left behind.
Wit Da Sh*t
Get Your Sh*t Together
Souf Ward Story
Fucc It Up
-Eugene Landers @ftchiphopnews