Young Giftz’ promising 2011 LP The Lake Effect didn't receive as much attention as it may have deserved. With tracks like the LoKey-produced "Meet the Dealer" and the spiraling, intense "Circle of Death," it presented an exciting, emerging voice in street rap. Giftz is apparently readying a sequal to this record, and he's scored a beat and verse from Tree. The cracked-retro production on "Nino" might seem out of step for the rapper, but Tree is one of the few artists who can successfully bridge those worlds with ease. The production here is deceptively nuanced, with some energetic drum programming, and Giftz adapts easily to its weird universe.
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