The second the Digital Nas beat begins on Lil Wop’s “Checklist,” you know you’re in for something wild. The drums feel like you’re stranded in the middle of the jungle and the vocal sample is a nagging echo. Then Lil Wop starts rapping, a grating voice that sounds like it's coming from someone who's spent the last 30 years exclusively smoking Newports. The recent Gucci Mane signee has begun to make a name for himself on SoundCloud, thanks to the success of his mixtape, Wopavelli 2. If Rico Nasty is the Disney princess, Lil Wop is the Tim Burton cartoon. In a SoundCloud scene where rappers with a strong melodic side have been primarily embraced, Lil Wop provides an alternative, and the lane is wide open.

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