“Southern Aquatic” — Linus feat. Marcos Campbell

“It ain’t original, rapping ’bout the drugs you sold,” local rapper Linus complains. “It ain’t original, filling up your mouth with gold.” But the tropes of hip-hop have become so commonly known that even pointing them out is a cliché. Hell, pointing out that pointing out these things have become a cliché has become a cliché. But Linus doesn’t seem fazed by the redundancies, analyzing San Antonio hip-hop and his own work over a minimalist beat and some pretty furious scratch-work by guest DJ Marcos Campbell, finally concluding, “I ain’t original, but then again who is?” His lack of originality, he reminds us, doesn’t prevent him from bringing your mom to a climax.

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