Producer Rich Gains was a mainstay of the early 2010s hip-hop scene as a member of the prolific duo Blended Babies. He connected with midwest staples like The Cool Kids, Chip Tha Ripper, Chance The Rapper and even The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach. In 2017 he branched out to debut his solo project Gains that saw him tap his frequent collaborators for a fluid, diverse sonic offering including the heavy, organ-driven “7 Digits” with Freddie Gibbs. He kept that collaboration alive and well on the critically-acclaimed Madlib and Gibbs project Bandana serving as one of the main recording engineers. Now Gains and Freddie Gibbs are back with “Final Say” with up-and-coming Chicago rapper Brian Fresco.
“Final Say” is full of trippy vocal pitch changes, a heavy offering of bass to get lost in and bars for days. “Sh*t so real gotta use fake names/ My gums numb from tasting cocaine/ All my yayo get home cooked and homemade/ Choppin’ up the ‘base with the business end of this razor blade,” Gibbs raps effortlessly, referencing his “Fake Names” track from Bandana. At this point his cocaine rhymes are stream of consciousness and among the best in the game. “Please believe it, I mean it, I make you see the truth/ Rolled another blunt and wrote ‘F*ck Trump’ on my Yeezy Boosts,” is another reminder of how he floats from hard bars to comic relief in a matter of seconds.
“Girl grab me a blunt and a cold drink/ Weed on my dresser, glasses in my kitchen sink,” is rapped presumably by Fresco, skewed in a chopped and screwed that paints a vivid picture of unkempt living rooms where NBA 2K might as well be on the big screen TV in the background. “She said you really need to slow up if you ask me/ I told her sleep for the weak and the deadbeats/ I gotta get my granny off 87th street…”
Listen to Gains’ “Final Say” below. In more music news, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic has been inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.