Listen to Ice Spice’s “On the Radar Freestyle”: New Rap Music Today

Listen to Ice Spice’s “On the Radar Freestyle”: New Rap Music Today

Ice Spice – “On the Radar Freestyle”

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What makes drill such a dominant sub genre is its malleability—you can make tons of different sounding songs in a “drill” style. One that has become popular is the soul drill joint. It’s usually defined by a JAY-Z “Song Cry”-like downbeat vocal sample, a melancholic vibe, and lyrics that weave together tough talk and painful memories (see: Kay Flock’s “Being Honest” and Set Da Trend’s “Get Home.” ) The Bronx’s Ice Spice has already made her way into this territory with a pretty great freestyle for On the Radar. Her flow is the star of the minute and a half, it’s patient with a somber tone compounded by her heavy voice, a package which resembles when Brooklyn standouts Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow are in their feels. While it is a bit raw—her lack of breath control is noticeable and the lyrics aren’t as deep as they sound—you are really here for the mood, which is rounded out by a pitched-up and woeful-sounding pop sample.

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