Alpoko Don – The Ol’ Soul EP
At the end of his stunning Luca Brasi EP, Kevin Gates spits a first person story over a lunchroom table beat. It’s kind of like a “porch freestyle”, the semi-acapella technique that was actually made popular by Alpoko Don, who posted a series of videos after an eight year prison stint where he’s literally sitting on his porch, banging out beats on wood with a pen and a fist.
I thought it might be a novelty concept at first; you know, the kind of thing that you put at the end of a project as a cool outro. But The Ol’ Soul EP proved me wrong – 10 tracks and one soulfully sung intro by Alpoko himself, and every last moment is enticing. “Married To The Game” is his explanation for why he can’t let his girl take him away from the streets; “All I Know” finds him struggling with the decisions he’s made; “Sitting Sideways” might be his most popular track, utilizing that age-old adage to flip one punchline after another. Easily one of the most slept on rappers out right now, Alpoko Don will grab you with every single word on The Ol’ Soul EP.