Words by Jesse Serwer
Last week, up and coming Brownsville, Brooklyn rapper Maffew Ragazino dropped his Rhyme Pays album. If you’re a fan of good, old-fashioned New York street rap, then you should get it. It’s a quality release, and it’s free. While Maffew’s catalog includes rapping in patois on a track called “Jerk Chicken,” we never could have imagined that among the collaborators on the tape would be The Mad Stuntman. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, we can guarantee you know his work: he’s the deejay guy from Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It” (and actually a whole heap of other records from DJ Erick Morillo’s mid ’90s ragga techno project, too). Better still, Maffew and Stuntman’s collaboration “City of God,” which also features singer Rocki Woods, was done over a reworked version of Steely & Clevie’s classic Rumours riddim (of Gregory Isaacs fame). Stream and/or download below.