When my rap conversations are confined to my usual group of friends for a time, I tend to forget that there is a school of people who don't like Avatar Young Blaze. To me, his calm yet forceful delivery, and harsh storytelling, make for some of the best hip hop the Town has to offer. For the most part, when I've issued criticism, it's been aimed at his logistical approach to releasing music, rather than his lyricism. Stylistically, it's difficult to name a more captivating MC.
For some reason, the negative responses I found on internet message boards stuck out this time around, so I gave his new single/video (from next month's The Humble Villain) a closer listen/viewing. Even when I put the track under a microscope though, I found that it carried the same weight. The comments that dismissed Av's material as "cookie cutter baller rap" (as one suggested) seemed even more misguided: his perspective is fresh, and his persona has had time to come around and act as it's own badass point of reference. Sure, there are a few moments when his cadence breaks the flow of the song, but, for the most part, he cuts into the beat at just the right angle, and at the same, patient pace that he's learned to use so well. It also doesn't hurt that he's procured a glossy AraabMuzik instrumental, and contracted local film-pro Jon Augustavo for the occasion.