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In 2019, Shordie Shordie was determined on making people realize he was more than just a hook guy. He had recently left Peso Da Mafia, the Baltimore rap trio he came up in, signed a deal with Warner Records, and had a popping single in “Bitchuary.” “People never heard me finish the story, and I think it’s proving people wrong that I can actually do music,” he said in his Gen F profile. Since then, he’s become a songwriter able to draw emotion from stone. He has an easily recognizable voice — nasally and, at times, coarse — that he bends and twists to his will on his new album More Than Music Pt. 2.
When he teams up with Rich Homie Quan on “The Wire,” it's a little jarring seeing their names next to each other. It’s been nine years since “Type of Way,” and Tha Tour Pt. 1 is a year behind it. There’s bound to be some difference in approach. Quan is cool-headed and sings with simple phrasing: “I just flipped a pack from Baltimore, my fingers still itchin / Three choppas, in a Honda gettin’ it, yeah they still riskin,” Quan croons. Shordie, on the other hand, is more acrobatic, recklessly changing tempos with jumpy up-down melodies. “Tryna stack as much as I can/I feel like they just want me dead,” he raps in a metronomic staccato. Rap isn’t content with jogging in place.