Leeroy Jelks is an 18 year old artist from Buffalo, New York. Leroy is trying to create a new sound called Alternative Boom-bap, which fuses boom bap sounds with electronic beats as well as a west coast and east coast flow. “Chop it up” (Prod.Makoto) is the second track off of Leeroy’s upcoming mixtape.
The track is chock-full of everything that will build him a loyal following in rap. The project continues to show Leeroy’s lyrical progression, and provides a gripping production for his fans – offbeat drums that are on time, plus plenty hi-hats and keyboards.
Leeroy Jelks brought it lyrically and delivered it with realness. Overall, the track seems to have that last inch of charisma which carries it to true heights.
There is a crisp oblique beat and the music feels ambitious and, more to the point, never formulaic, while the inspiring moments are bolstered by energetic rapping. He delivers a mix of raw, old school, street music feel and chill lyrics over an almost glitch-hop production.
Leeroy didn’t sacrifice his style or sound to produce a track that is overly radio friendly, as many of his peers have been doing.
The thing that sets Leeroy Jelks apart from the rest is the ability to spit about anything on his mind in an almost nonchalant, conversational manner. All the while expressing his thinking processes, even in the most abstract way, as is evident on “Chop it up” (Prod.Makoto).
And while Rap is going pop, Leeroy is going alternative. Leeroy does all this while proving himself a serious student of the game and separating himself from the hip-pop sound-a-likes who lack his style, versatility and old school IQ. And that’s not bad from an eighteen year old, not by a long shot!
In the past few years, rap has really been hurting, as many of the hard hitters of the rap game have either been locked up or disappeared. Leeroy Jelks has stepped up to the plate to claim his place.
His ideas and ideals seem light years ahead of the mainstream game. So put this in, turn the system up in your joint and “Chop it up”!