“Dope beats, dope rhymes, what more do y’all want?” Phonte emphatically asked this at the end of “Not Enough” from Little Brother’s 2005 sophomore LP The Minstrel Show. Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey imply the same notion with every beat and syllable spoken on That Grit.
Kev Brown provides the dope beats and Hassaan Mackey, the dope rhymes, and the listener couldn’t possibly want more! That Grit is a 9-track EP showcasing Mackey’s gritty grammar, touching on all aspects of life in the city, and Brown’s beautifully blemished samples chopped and married to perfect drum patterns and bass lines.
Listening to That Grit feels like falling in love with Hip Hop all over again. The EP opens with a behind the scenes look at Mackey rapping, connecting the listener to the music on a very tangible level – anyone who has ever freestyled/rapped (or tried to) with friends huddled up around an instrumental is sure to visualize the setting here, where Mackey is rapping with Brown listening and adlibbing. The duo then jumps right into the aforementioned formula, sharing the beauty and simplicity of excellent beat making and stream of consciousness rapping. On top of the goodness the duo presents, the features (such as Kenn Starr, yU and Grap Luva) are ridiculous wordsmiths, only helping to solidify just how ill this EP is.
That Grit is a nearly perfect EP, offering what every Hip Hop head wants: dope beats and dope rhymes. It seems that Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey are a rather dynamic duo and That Grit leaves the listener hoping for a follow up LP from these two.