R.E.A.L. – Top Of The World (single)
It’s rare that I’m impressed by singles that people push on me, which is why you don’t see many (or any) on here. But I was impressed by this one. R.E.A.L. is a Bronx based artist/entrepreneur, with some pedigree – she’s Grandmaster Flash’s niece.
The track starts off with a typical hook, but the beat is straight. She’s not that overly complex “lyrical miracle” rapper, but the metaphors are good. I think it’s her flow, and its immediacy, that’s going to carry her through. She raps with with certain force, a certain confidence that you want to hear in emcees. She’s never trying to overstep her boundaries – she’s stays hard, very specific, and in focus. If I really had to compare her favorably to someone, it would be Rapper Big Pooh – who I like a lot for the reasons I gave for her.
The other thing I like is that she’s willing to have that workman-like style that a lot of female emcees just aren’t willing to employ. She’s not trying to be a sex symbol or gimmicky – just someone trying to make it. I’m not always in love with the champagne poppin’ stuff – but the video feels sort of appropriate.
She’s also tailored made for those banger tracks (like the start of the second video.)
Grade: B-. It’s pretty good. She knows how to make a song, which is going to separate her from a lot of other artists.