In July of 2018, 03 Greedo reported to a Texas jail to start serving a 20-year sentence associated to drug and firearm prices incurred throughout a 2016 visitors cease. The Watts, California rapper had all the time been prolific: From the beginning of 2016 by way of the start of his sentence, he launched seven LPs, three of which clocked in round 90 minutes, whereas two extra ran two hours apiece. However within the weeks main as much as his incarceration, he recorded at an much more astonishing tempo, summoning collaborators from round Los Angeles to numerous studios in any respect hours of the day and evening.
Lots of the songs written throughout this era have since been launched, often on initiatives helmed by a single producer. These data sometimes recall Greedo at his elastic greatest, folding and stretching into ridiculous shapes to accommodate the disparate sounds he likes to synthesize: bounce from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, warbled singing from Atlanta, scuttling claps from his metropolis’s personal strip golf equipment. Nonetheless, all of them relaxation on a shelf under his pre-prison materials, maybe as a result of it usually seems like there are too many individuals within the room. Although he has turned in scorched-earth visitor verses on different rappers’ songs, Greedo’s music is strongest when it hermetically seals you inside his psyche—when every interpolation or irrupting confession feels unmediated, unedited, and uncooked. Of all of the music he’s launched since he started serving his sentence, Mission T-Ache comes closest to recapturing the sorcery of his 2016-18 run.
Created throughout that interval—and circulated subterraneously as a .zip file for greater than 5 years now—the lastly launched album additionally pairs him with a single producer, this time LA’s Dnyc3. However whether or not it’s because of the extra thought-about sequencing, extra wrenching writing, or a much less idiosyncratic collaborator (for higher or worse, it’s not possible to listen to a Mustard beat and consider anybody else), the comparatively temporary set feels prefer it flows straight from one man’s hyperactive mind.
On the second tune from 2017’s Purple Summer season 03: Purple Hearted Soldier, Greedo famous his journeys out and in of lockup with a sly joke. “I would freestyle this entire album,” he teases, “‘trigger I hate the pen.” However Mission T-Ache opens with a a lot starker imaginative and prescient of the incarceration he confronted on the time he wrote it. “You ever rode inside a bucket van?” he asks on the sweeping “Stronger,” the place he invitations the listener to think about being “shackled out of your arms and your ft.” A couple of bars later—earlier than Dnyc3’s drums have even kicked in—Greedo laments experiencing homelessness earlier than discovering success, solely to comprehend that he gained’t beat the case in entrance of him. It’s the kind of bloodletting that might often be reserved for an album’s finish; by slotting it on the very entrance, the stakes of each encounter with an enemy or squad automotive that follows really feel impossibly excessive.