Is it really a rush better than stumbling across a crazy track when you least expect it? Nah. Not for me anyway. Last week when I was kicking it with my man Keem, we hit YouTube and Sound Cloud as a part of my new favorite activity: searching for non-covered Baltimore rap. Over the past few months, I've been treating local music as if I'm an outsider and it's been paying off in a major way. This time around, we caught wind of DaKidd Moo--an East Baltimore rapper with a voice you can't possibly overlook. At first I thought I was hearing my uncle. Then I thought, "This might be the Baltimore Boldy James." Then the dude from those classic Philly vs. Baltimore battles came to mind. Either way, what I was hearing was blowing my mind.
On his track, "Just Bars", you get occasional trendy ad libs like "SQUAD", "GANG" and "SKURRTT" but that's minor shit to look over in the hook-less song. Moo is hitting on all cylinders here; his energy is at full speed throughout, the voice can't be denied and his wordplay is fluid and hard-hitting--something that local standouts like Young Moose, Lor Scoota, Lor Stackks and others still find trouble doing for the full duration of a track. A story is being told. It opens with: "Turn me up, bitch I'm in my zone/ I'm from East, you gotta keep a tone / I'm from where they let the knockers roam / They'll search you drawers right in front your home / I'm from Bradford where we sellin' stones / My block a vacant. Ain't nobody home." Moo has sprinkled tracks all over the internet but this three-month-old track is probably his most proper introduction: he's telling you where he's coming from, his plans to provide for family and warning you to stop sleeping from now on.
The cinematic video, a seemingly subtle reference to Shottas, is mostly shot in his neighborhood, a car where he's being set up and a candle-lit room. It's about as raw as you can get but the skill can't be questioned, which characterizes Baltimore altogether. Doing some digging, I found that Moo has a tape being circulated on the streets right of the same name as the track, Just Bars. Hopefully it'll be available online sometime soon but either way I'm gonna go cop the physical and pray that some more undeniables are on it.
Some of my other favorite bars from "Just Bars":
"My mama already got the Masi, I'm just tryna get me the Bentley/ Porsche truck for my lor sister, Kendall dipping in a 650/ Boobie said he gone keep the Lincoln, he don't ask for much just give him 650."
"Every time I come in the city it's a new nigga that's playin' the 50 / If it's beef tell 'em come and get me/ The thing like a I.D, I keep it with me."