Egregious – [Willie The Kid] x [Evidence]

Willie The Kid is one of my favorite rappers gravitating toward legendary status. I specifically became a fan of Willie in 2019 after hearing Pearls, which is a flawless twenty-track project containing his most prominent guest features to date. Like any other exceptional artist, the conclusion of Pearls prompted me to delve into Willie’s entire discography, which remains in daily rotation. The Grand Rapids, Michigan lyricist is also an entrepreneur with co-ownership in a clothing brand (GRUSA), a music discovery platform (radi8er), and a wine company (Motu Viget Spirits). He also impressively was an executive producer of a recent Langston Hughes documentary titled I Too Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled. Despite having worked with legends such as Nas, Lil Wayne, Alchemist, Roc Marciano, Royce Da 5’9, Ka, and more, Willie The Kid simply isn’t mentioned enough alongside his honored peers. However, Willie has never seemed concerned with his lack of praise, which could be a result of his larger ambition(s) in business. Nonetheless, it cannot be overstated that his rap ability is top tier, and deserves to be revered as such. Similar to the Nas’s and Roc Marciano’s, Willie The Kid exudes confidence with elements of signature slickness that cannot be replicated. Every line spoken by Willie sounds nonchalant, but the relevancy of his subject matter provides emphasis of his gravity.

The latest offering from Willie The Kid could not be any more exciting for hip-hop heads. Produced by the iconic Evidence, “Egregious” is a single off Capital Gains, aka his brand new album dropping October 2nd. With clever double entrendres such as “If you live by the cheers, then you die by the booze (boos),” the single sets the tone for what to expect next week. The song’s cover art contains a picture of George Washington, which befits the project’s highlighted relationship between the gains of America, and the (sacrificial) losses that drove/continually drive the country. If you enjoy “Egregious,” be sure to check out the other single titled “Brewster’s Millions,” featuring Curren$y and produced by The Alchemist.