Capo 2G is a Hip Hop artist currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, his unique, island fused sound which he defines as AfroHipHop is one of the many factors giving rise to his growing fan base. Capo 2G’s close relationship with A-listers such as Rae Sremmurd gives him the opportunity to learn from the front lines as he prepares himself to step into the spotlight. He begins his first solo tour in Trinidad, Colorado on February 21st. This isn’t exactly a startling revelation, but hip-hop has always been rife with emcees who style themselves as unrepentant hedonists, recounting in vivid detail, escapades filled with pussy, money, drugs, alcohol or fame. And while for most rappers, this kind of bacchanalia equates to a background chattering constant, Nigerian-born Capo 2G could be considered the professor emeritus of underground hip-hop debauchery on his latest track.
The production on his track “Pullup” ft. KirkoBanz, contributes greatly to defining the dominant aesthetic of swaggering underground rap, creating a syrupy, stomping beat full of skittering hi-hats and swirling keyboards while pairing them with larger than life lyrics detailing gleeful expanses of hedonistic indulgence.
It is a pretty stunning marriage of modern Hot 100 music and the slow-motion churning of Afro-Pop’s sticky beats. The trance-like synths and low rumbling bass lines seem to swell on the same frequency of Capo 2G cadence, forming a tidal wave of aural sensation that rivals his peers.
Its relentlessness makes this into a repetitive listen, because Capo 2G is a surprisingly dynamic artist. He’s constantly performing little musical tricks that keeps you engaged. The beat slows down from an energetic bounce to a sledgehammer-like thump and back, and Capo 2G switches his rhyme cadence to take advantage of the extra spaces he can find in between.
This track is most definitely about the music as much as it is about the lyrics. Capo 2G is a crafty rapper with lots of charisma. He explore his topics in an interesting and technically proficient way. It is a hypnotically repetitious motif whose contagious melody burrows into your cranium while cushioning the bark of its vocalists.
The track captures Capo 2G in his own splendor, while juxtaposing his ability to navigate between the clubs and the streets. If “Pullup” gains some traction on the radio, it will be fascinating to examine the different generations of fans Capo 2G will manage to reach.
For those fans who have admired Capo 2G from any past efforts, or those who have just discovered him, “Pullup” ft. KirkoBangs happily delivers exactly what it promises: a daylong, pussy-soaked pill-popping party that doesn’t seem to end.