Flat out, this new 8Ball song is one of the finest examples of hip-hop I’ve heard all year. Even amidst the hype over up & comers, newly signed MCs and hall-of-famers, there hasn’t been much material using the basic elements of the genre this well in a minute. Through good old fashioned storytelling, the Memphis MC weaves a true tale of robbery, redemption and reality checks that’s equivalent to a Hughes Bros movie for the blind. Plus, the song is completely relevant in today’s era of money and drugs, without resorting to all the boasting and cliche punchline rapping currently ruining the craft.
Considering the quality, Ball’s Life’s Quest album might get copped upon dropping July 24. Although it would be somewhat of a surprising purchase in 2012, the fact of the matter is this veteran can still deliver with the best. Plus, with this as a single, there obviously aren’t any label heads tying down his creativity.
8Ball – “Lucky’s Theme Song”