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At the end of the year, Tony Bontana released P.O.V, a collection that paired the Birmingham, UK musician’s thoughtful raps with his woozy soul and spaced-out funk productions. Opening with bleeps seemingly ripped from a ’70s sci-fi movie, “Nah Son Shits Actually Crazy” stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it. As the abstract beat morphs into a dirty, head-knocking groove, Tony raps hard, like the words have been buried inside him for a minute and needed to get out: “I was tryna’ eat some lunch/Days in the cold I was smokin’ on some runtz.” This shit is actually crazy.
With artists releasing songs at a fast and furious pace, it’s difficult for the average hip-hop head to keep track of it all—no matter how tapped in they are. That’s why we created The Ones, a daily post to highlight the song you need to hear.
Check out previous Ones, and listen to new rap from Tony Bontana and more on our Spotify playlist.