why the return of cashh (cashtastic) is so important to many
uk rap/hip hop in the mid 2000's was a different place.
while grime was getting all the mainstream attention and buzz, uk rap was still finding it's structure.
not until south London rapper giggs released "talking the hardest" a FREESTYLE OVER THE STAT QUO song "Here We Go" originally produced by DR DRE. THE CONCEPT OF A UK HIP HOP RAPPER WASN'T TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
sOUTH LONDON BEING THE HOME OF UK ROAD RAP, MORE ARTIST STARTED TO MAKE WAVES IN THE SCENE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST WAS CASHH
immediately what separated cashh from the rest was his maturity. while still very young, from his interviews and early output you could see he was wise beyond his years and translated that to his craft.
but he was very versatile. he could drop a wicked freestyle for the streets like his "hustle hard" freetyle
or a hit for the airways with his 2011 radio his "gassed in the rave" ft krept & konan
for me however, what made me believe that Cashh was next up was his freestyle of "stay Schemin" featuring yungen.
for me this is his best verse.
"I'm tryna work that out though, survival of the fittest I used to roll with Skully, giving pictures, selling tickets Now I'm selling tickets, performing and taking pictures These pussy niggas hating 'cause now I'm living different"
pin point story telling that shows the audience his harsh realities but not glamourising the struggle he went through.
as well he delivered one of the best quotes of the year
"Making proper music, now they wanna send for me Gun tunes ain't gonna pay the rent for me (Gun tunes ain't gonna pay the rent for me)"
that right there set the scene alight.