I know. I was just here to give you the link to Vic Spencer and D2G”s Hard Bars project. Now I’m back to give you a quick, review. Don’t worry; I won’t give away too much. (I’m reviewing in the order in which the songs appear in my iTunes library. Keep your shit together.)
This collab starts with “Issues”. FUCK. Admittedly, this is my first real taste of D2G besides some singles here and there, and he certainly impressed on the first track. “No idea’s original/Really? It ain’t a thang, bro/But if I wanna see dick-ridin’, I’ll go to Bangbros”, rapped D2G. “Neck Brace” caused me to tweet this: @CocainaNina So basically, know that I feel that track. A great deal, I do.
While “Seek and Destroy” ft. YP honestly seemed to come and go, my attention was immediately reclaimed by”24K’, in which Spencer hit us with his unique form of wittiness: “You didn’t know the flow was standin’ next to you” and “Booth Sprung”. This seemed to epitomize a great collaboration. The beat is frantic and almost psychopathic…perfect for Vic Spencer. To top it off, D2G complements Spencer’s gritty flow very well with the smooth path he lays down.
“Clashin” ft. JDP took me back to the blaxploitation era of the ’70s. Yes, I, a half-German/half-White chick who grew up in Lincoln Park am familiar with those movies, kids. JDP doesn’t disappoint and Spencer and D2G manage to ride the beat in typical, hard Chicago fashion. D2G’s “Reggie Miller at ya heart/Now you needin’ a Pacer” is reminiscent of something Kanye would say, in that he would take a word and shorten it or completely change it to fit in his bar, yet you knew exactly what point he was trying to convey. When production and direction of this video begins, I want to be included. No bullshit, fellas.
Of course, the ladies got theirs, in the form of “Hard Love”. Warning though, chicas: This ain’t for the faint of…well…you know. If you’re into rose petals and Keith Sweat, this song isn’t for you. Chicago singer Mathien and MC Sulaiman are the features on this song, and both, with their fresh styles, complete this “urban ode” to the ladies. Not one to stay with the soft shit, Que Billah joins Spencer and D2G on “Harder Than Steel”. Clearly, this is a message that things haven’t really changed, and that all sleepers will be punished as Vic Spencer so eloquently puts it, “I got the Louisville Slugger with me today”. Knock out RBIs, Vic. Knock ’em out. Take a trip down “I-94” with the buttery Pavy and be confronted by the dope duo and “not a rapper or singer” Gemini aka Gemstones on “Mean”, which is…mean. “Return Of That Real” is another goodie with JDP, followed by pimp/pimpstress-like “Return To Spender” with C. Rich and what sounds like a lovely Flow Eazy. Since I am a druggie, I swooned when Spencer rapped “My flow comes with a zip of crystal meth”. I literally swooned upon hearing this. However, and meaning absolutely no offense to the other 3 on this track, but Eazy took my heart when she mouthed off, “You dipped up in my puddle/Remember that shit that had you stutterin’?”. Y-y-yes, Ms. Eazy. I r-r-remember.
Finally, there’s “When The Sun Goes Down”. Just D2G and Vic Spencer. D2G spits, “Consider this a middle finger to ya favorite/Ya best advice, take these bars and savor it”, handing the lyrical baton to Spencer, who runs with, “My week got 8 days in it/I been mashin’ sweet potato ass rappers for a minute”. They trade bars again, as this is definitely worth a 5-star rating by your local iTunes library.
All in all, I loved Hard Bars. Since listening to Strong Arm Bars, a Hard Bars sampler, in early August, I’ve been anticipating this release. Every feature seemed to have been well-placed, and D2G was in no way upstaged by Spencer, and vice versa. I wouldn’t mind this duo working on more joint projects in the near future. With extremely dope production and artwork from DC, both Spencer and D2G should be firmly planted in the Chicago hip-hop scene at the present moment. Now I’m going to finish smoking and get into Hard Bars even more. Until next time, motherfuckers.