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Sada Baby - “Tien n Yamcha”
In June, Danny Brown, a phenomenal Detroit rapper in his own right, crowned the gyrating rapscallion Sada Baby the Best Rapper in Detroit. He’s not wrong. Sada has been killing beats and dancing all over their graves for a few years now, crescendoing into this year’s Bartier Bounty, his best and most unforgiving music yet. Amid a string of videos for new songs comes “Tien n Yamcha,” easily one of the most enjoyable songs in a rapidly expanding catalog filled with whirlwind performances.
Originally made in 2017, and now released from the vault of video director JerryPHD, “Tien n Yamcha” is a reference to one of the lesser tag-teams in Dragon Ball Z. Sada trades verses with another uncredited rapper to complete the bit, but he may as well be rapping alone. He rattles off rhymes in delirious stretches, switching cadences and pressing foes into corners. “Got that pole right up under me/Got my goals right in front of me/Take your soul if you touch me/That’s fasho, I’m one hundo/I’m the one, doe/Got a drum on every gun, doe/I ain’t have to do no ‘Gummo’/Niggas, know I got that gun smoke/On that new Yacht-Master, boy what it hit fo’?/6’2, bitch, but the glock make me 6’4,” he raps, stringing punches together and bouncing the whole time. Alongside producer and frequent collaborator Helluva, whose keyboard-powered beats are perfect for Sada to bop through, the rapper is clearly having a ball. It’s infectious.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork