Ransom "Pound Cake Freestyle"
Date: September 25
Ransom opens with a vision of a ghetto revolution inspired by his album with Statik Selektah, The Proposal: "Rebels running the streets knocking the cops over/Supreme Court judges, being shot by niggas who lost brothers." He goes on to reject label offers that involve 360 degree deals, and ends his verse calling himself the best rapper alive. He raps with well-written urgency, but the verse loses some momentum by its close, and aims for a goal a little higher than his recognition level. — David Drake