Mr. G x Forbidden

Mr. G x Forbidden

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The chemistry between the two artists is remarkable. I hadn't known how long they've been making music together, but I did know it was a match made in heaven. Forbidden's flow seems so at home over the big drums and aggressive melodies of Mr. G's tracks.

Biography

In hip hop, collaborations are pretty common place. However, true chemistry isn’t always there. It’s not too often we a get a DJ Premier and Guru, or a Pete Rock and CL Smooth. That type of chemistry is where producers seem to tailor make beats to an emcee’s strength. Two artists in Baltimore have seemed to find that. Forbidden and Mr. G. Both have dropped projects recently, Forbidden with “Free Burnie Dozier” and Mr. G & Forbidden with “Black Belvey.” Both projects feature both artists as if they were a duo and have been working alongside one another for years.
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Forbidden’s project, the latest of his many albums he’s been dropping nonstop lately, starts with a self-produced song dedicated to his daughter. After that, the fun starts. Forbidden hooks up with Baltimore legend Little over a beat by Mr. G on “Fakin” where Little sounds re-energized alongside Forbidden spitting slick lines like “…ne’er nigga gon stop me/ just GOD baby, thank GOD baby/ he blew breath in my lungs I got it in daily…” Next, Forbidden puts out a dope tribute to a friend and a legend in the Baltimore scene whom was taken from us before he could realize his potential with the the song “RIP Damien Drew AKA CDS.” The song isn’t somber at all, it’s a recollection of times rapper forbidden spent with CDS at jobs and in the street while Mr. G holds down the hook. Honestly, there hasn’t been a tribute song this good since Bossman’s song to the late k-Swift. The rest of the CD is pretty par for the course for Forbidden, aggressive music with a lot of features from his crew. Rona kills “YEAH I C.Y.U. Mad” and A.J.D.(Authentic John Doe) contributes a dope verse for “This is Hip Hip” produced by Mr. G and Sora Beats respectively. Although the album is titled “Free Burnie Dozier...” we only get two beats by the producer, but Forbidden makes good of them on the radio ready “Broken heart” featuring F.M. and Uriah Moore and a cut called “Take the Pain Away” where Forbidden shows love to Burnie while channeling Nas spitting “…the holy Spirit’s in my rhymes like it is in your beats / the tracks you form and poetry I speak’s unique…” which kind of sums up their bond and the reason for the name of this album.
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Mr. G & Forbidden’s mixtape kind of plays out the same way as the album, a lot of aggressive music mainly anchored by Forbidden’s no-nonsense potent flow. The mixtape features a lot of original joints produced by Mr. G where forbidden just goes in and a lot of industry beats where Mr. G, Forbidden and a few other guest emcees make their own. It’s begins with the title cut “Black Belve”, a homage to the grown and sexy crowd that enjoys the party but not the bullshit over some dope organs put together by Mr. G. The highlight of this mixtape is Forbidden. He sounds so at ease and comfortable on the mic while his new found counterpart Mr. G handles the boards. Forbidden shows off on multiple songs like “Face Off” spitting “…Forbidden flow be scorchin everything that’s on the Earth’s Surface/ I put them words together like word perfect…” and “Fuckery” spitting “feel the pain I am killing you with every damn syllable/ rise pass the ridicule not a lie this is true/ beyond the battle rap I will swing a fist at you and introduce ya fronts to the bottom of my tennis shoes…” Don’t mistake me though, Mr. G is no slouch on the raps. He does get lyrical, on “Ryder” he spits “big house big bank a couple pounds of stank/ Rolls Royce be the Phantom, Patron’s the drink/ make moves pack tools never catch a case/ cause they’ll be all up in ya face tryna’ run in ya place…” On this mixtape, there are really no weak links as Mr. G and Forbidden go from track to track slaughtering every original or industry beat that they encounter.
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Overall, both projects are great and the two artists have developed a chemistry that we don’t see often in hip hop. Mr. G, a great producer and emcee seems content to play the sideline doing beats and hooks while emcee Forbidden goes in on the verses. Forbidden’s album is structured and has very few album fillers, just a few songs that have shown up on previous albums so if you’re familiar with his work you’ll recognize them. The mixtape is just a barrage of dope cuts one after the other with Forbidden, Mr. G and other artists going in. You won’t be disappointed with either joint.