The Pack dropped Wolfpack Party a week ago, and few have said a thing about it. Shit, I'm just getting around to illegally downloading it myself, and I've been a fan since forever. They linked up with Husalah on this one track, and it's been getting a lot of love:
The Pack, Husalah "Bend That Corner"
The beat is great; Husalah comes with it; B is notably absent. It's a good Pack song, but not a great one. What it reminds me of, more than anything is one of The Pack's greatest songs, from back when it looked like they might blow up. They linked up with Dem Franchize Boyz (is one of these dudes in jail or something, what happened?) and Mistah FAB (LOL) for this song:
The Pack, DFB, Mistah FAB "Fresh"
This is one of my all-time favorite Pack tracks, and I'd recognize that slide-whistle (?) tune anywhere, even if it's been tweaked and recycled for a Husalah verse, and slightly different subject matter. With so many bloggers drooling over Young L's abilities as a producer these days, it's worthwhile to point out that he seems to be recycling tracks a little bit. I'm not hating, this might be a good creative exercise: returning to older work and improving upon it. "Fresh" sounds like a muddy mess compared to "Bend The Corner". And, it's not all that different from rappers who recycle their better mixtape verses on their albums (which seems like some admission that they know no one pays for either, squashing any ethical dilemma), or for that matter, rappers who constantly sound like they're recycling material, even though they aren't (Messy Marv, for example).
For a producer who eschews using samples for cultivating a sound all his own, this is a good practice, assuming it's intentional. Listening to his own beats and tweaking them is a great way to get better at his craft. I just don't like bloggers acting like he's the most prolific, creative dude out there without mentioning his penchant for revisiting tunes more than a little bit. Now, he ought to start shopping these around a little bit right, because it's not like Wolfpack Party is gonna do numbers.