RondoNumbaNine – Real Nigga For Life
It’s hard to keep track of all the rappers spilling out of Chicago onto more blogs, but RondoNumbaNine is worth a listen. Lupe inexplicably shows up for a dope yet confusing feature on “Life of a Savage”, but the very next track launches right into “Hang Wit Me” with an epic SGP 2.0-sounding beat. Rondo sounds like he laid his head next to the track and spit his rhymes parallel to the beat, raw without a hook. “Drugs At” is already on the right drugs, and “Poppin’ Tags” is seizure inducing. Listen to that sample closely. Amongst standout tapes from the Chi like Almighty So, Signed To The Streets, and Jeep Music, Rondo’s solo debut is a step above the rest.