223’s – [midwxst] ft. [BabyTron]

It’s hard to classify midwxst’s reign as anything but dominant. Over the past few years, he went from being just a kid in his bedroom playing around with a microphone to one of the most recognized up-and-comers in the entire world, and his rise to fame is only just beginning. His Back in Action series of projects has been a massive reason why he has become so notorious, and while these tapes feature some of my favorite tracks from the Indiana-born emcee, he has an extensive list of singles that continue to build on the vibrant legacy he is solidifying at such a young age.

What I love about his discography is the versatility, because although hyperpop may have been his ticket into stardom, it is his constant attempts at different styles and sounds that seem to really stand out to his loyal fans. This dexterity is obvious on the third edition of his series of projects Back in Action 3.0, a 9-song, 23-minute-long effort that only contains two features, one in tana on the final cut and then BabyTron on the tape’s second song “223’s”.

BabyTron is definitely one of the craziest and most unexpected features that I could’ve anticipated to join forces with midwxst, but their midwestern roots give them a common bond to share, and the ENRGY, Cookupmason, and aldn production on the song bring the two world of Michigan rap and hyperpop together for a mashup I never expected but appreciate more than words could do justice. With a trademark Detroit rhythm, midwxst pushes the limits of his skills once again with an eventual outcome that’s unforgettable, combined with Tron’s unbelievably unique and extraordinary verse.

In the song’s Griffin Olis-directed music video, things get dark as we find midwxst in a dim warehouse surrounded by tires. As time goes on, he picks up some welding equipment before sending sparks flying every which way, and then he hops in a car to cruise around in order to lead us into Tron’s portion where he meets the young superstar and proceeds to do his thing like only he knows how. I think this video’s blue-collar aesthetic and grimy vibe matches the ruthless style of the song perfectly, and while it’s not what I would have predicted from midwxst, it has quickly become one of my favorite songs that he has ever put out.