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Rhyme Progression - "Slum Lord"
Boasting chopped piano and vocals samples from Carly Simon's "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," Rhyme Progression's "Slum Lord" could be allegorical, but it feels like a very real indictment of a certain greedy landlord who refuses to fix the heater. "I'll have a frozen response until my fucking heat comes on," says Rhyme Progression. Here's hoping his landlord is a That's a Rap reader.
Innerstate Ike - "Blue & Yellow"
As far as Denver sports anthems go, Innerstate Ike has the game on lock. Remember this one he did for the Broncos? What we love most about "Blue & Yellow" is not the shameless name-dropping, the surprisingly nifty wordplay nor the focused hatred of the Lakers (though we do love all of those things); what we love most about Innerstate Ike's various tributes is that he's clearly an actual, avid fan of Denver sports.