SINGLE REVIEW: Cousin Skeeter by MicFreeze
Seventeen year old Detroit native MicFreeze is the latest talent emerging from a perennially strong Motor City hip-hop scene. His latest single “Cousin Skeeter” is the natural next step in a journey barely begun that will, undoubtedly, propel MicFreeze into the ranks of the genre’s elite. He’s been pursuing this musical dream since an early age and life on Detroit’s east side has provided him with an abundance of inspiration for his blossoming songwriting. He has a genuine way with words and the required vocal style to get them over with audiences, but no one should go into hearing him for the first time underestimating his musical skills. “Cousin Skeeter” is definitely an independent effort and guided by MicFreeze’s ambitions, but the song has an undeniable sound that never sounds anything less than professional. This young rapper and songwriter has gotten his career off to a fantastic start and singles like this only accelerate his upward trajectory.
He’s got a bevy of confidence coming through in every part of his performance. It might seem like a dicey proposition for such a young performer to come on so strong, risking eliciting laughter from the audience, but MicFreeze pulls it off. He seems vividly real and remorselessly honest about the realities in the song. There’s an equal amount of fearlessness involved when it comes to portraying his life truly as it is and relying on his observational skills to come together with the aforementioned confidence to make this a project as potent as possible. The phrasing he brings into play bears the mark of a much more experience performer but, like his attitude, it never sounds unconvincing. MicFreeze rates as one of fastest emerging hip hop artists in recent memory and few in the history of the genre have come across with such conviction in such an immediate, unbridled way. He’s picked up on the lessons of past icons and it mixes with his unique personality for an irresistible formula.
The music is built around electronic instrumentation, but it never has the cold and lifeless sound so often associated with synths and machine-based rhythm sections. It has the dueling qualities of a groove-centric track locked up with colorful electronic dynamics that never fail to bring something new to the performance. The lack of conventional instrumentation is never a drawback; in many hip hop tunes, the music is often an spartan afterthought, but it is clear that MicFreeze has addressed himself to the musical backing every bit as much as he has the lyrical parts and his vocal delivery. “Cousin Skeeter” delves into the details of his personal life without ever sacrificing its accessibility and shares enough in common with the genre’s best efforts that any rap and hip hop fan, of any school, will feel immediately at home with MicFreeze. This is a winning effort from the first second to last and promises even taller peaks to come for this performer.
by William Elgin
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