The recent excitement of Dr. Dre‘s new album Compton: A Soundtrack has the internet going nutz (word to Paul Wall). With Doc announcing that his long-awaited Detox was scrapped, this upcoming album is presumably its replacement; needless to say that expectations are high. It has all the suspects you want on a new Dre record: Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and more, but the unfamiliar name on the tracklist is King Mez, who is featured on three songs.
Considering almost every untapped artist the good Doc gets involved with launches into superstardom, naturally we had to find out why King Mez is worthy of hip-hop’s ultimate co-sign.
Upon further research, we can an idea why Dre picked up on Mez comin’ straight outta Raleigh, NC.
Mez’s rap voice was the biggest indication on why the West Coast legend found him so unique. No shade, but if you think about it, almost every upcoming rapper who partnered up with Dre has a very interesting and distinct rap voice that later becomes culturally iconic, whether it’s Eazy-E, Eminem, Snoop, or 50 Cent. Mez’s pitch is very bass-heavy and brash. It’s quite incomparable to other rappers, especially when it collides with the soulful beats he chooses, which he also produces himself.
Not to undermine Mez, because he does have deep concepts and an intricate pen, but the tone is quite essential. I know hip-hop nerds are going to argue and say “No, it’s about the lyrics and content.” That’s true too, but a rapper’s voice & flow is really another instrument on top of the beat.
Peep for yourself. Listen to King Mez’s hard-hitting Beats One Radio Freestyle and his bouncy tribute to Kevin Miller.
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(Funny enough, this shouldn’t have been a surprise at all he’s on Instagram taking pics with Dr. Dre as well as Kendrick, Game and BJ The Chicago Kid, who are also featured on the new album Compton: A Soundtrack.)
Stay tuned for more!