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Drego and Beno - “Slatt Season 2”
Detroit tag-teamers Drego and Beno are among rap’s best put-down artists. They sneer in the faces of their competition. Their songs are all victory laps. With “Slatt Season 2,” the Young Kilo-produced sequel to one of their most memorable cuts, they reaffirm their roles as their city’s most menacing duo—and maybe all of rap’s. Their call and response verses are like a two-man baton relay; they sprint through tracks passing ideas back and forth, piggybacking off one another. They’re perfectly coordinated. With eerie keys creeping beneath them, Drego and Beno take turns stunting on everyone in range. They are so good at playing off each other. When you come to Drego, you better testify. Conversely, when you come to Beno, you better lie. After Beno threatens to run up in your house, Drego immediately threatens to pull up at your mama’s. “This the type of shit that bring the demon out me,” he snaps. As Drego and Beno dole out advice (“You still doing plain janes? You need to bust it down”) and fair warnings (“If you ain’t up a hundred, boy, shut your mouth”) on “Slatt Season 2” for those vying to take their positions, they sound like poor sports joyriding inside the winner’s circle.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork