Pounds​ ​- “Tributes”​ f. Westside Gunn (Video)

blame it on JES7 April 22, 2016

Two upstate New York heavy weights come together on a collab that corrects any misconceptions that New York emcee’s don’t support each other. On the Spittzwell produced record “Tributes,” Rochester’s own ​​Pounds and ​​Westside ​​Gunn (coming out of Buffalo) take turns beasting on verses with styles that couldn’t be more different. Gunns’ animated flow is the complimentary inverse to the guttural tone Pounds is known for, giving listener’s an eclectic style of spitting on a single track. Reminiscent of Pounds previous track “Write a Check,” this song features heavy instruments over a Hip-Hop beat, including strings and horns.

The accompanying visual (by OttoShotDat) depicts a duality many rappers coming up from the streets can relate to: fine dinning one minute and business in PJ hallways the next. The song as a whole supports this idea of duplicity, designer labels and illicit activity or love for the hood but also a need to get out.