Rochester native Pounds makes it very clear on his standout new EP, “Borgata”, that he’s cut from a similar anti-hero, mafioso-rap cloth that led to so many classic records over the years. Armed with his unique voice and meditative delivery, he draws inspiration from the artists he listened to growing up (Mobb Deep, Sean Price, Nas) and pens gritty street tales that are all his own. You can peer into his vivid pen game on “Last Supper”, where he spits “How the f*ck you bragging when your captain ain’t fed?”, or on instant standout “448 Grams Pt. 2”, which includes lines like “I just slip through the fingers of the task force.” These bars bring even more life and color to “Borgata”, which is hopefully only the beginning of Pounds and Oh No’s work together.
Stream the 4-track offering below and head over to Bandcamp for a download.