Three Southern figureheads skate all over a Watson the Great beat worth rolling out the red carpet for.
"I hung chandeliers in the trap, boy," Rick Ross announces at the beginning of "All Good," Trae tha Truth's new collaboration with Ross, T.I., and Audio Push. Allow that to set the mood. Trae, T.I., and Ross are three of the most distinctive artists in Southern rap—de facto voices of Houston, Atlanta, and Miami, respectively—and the three of them on a track together feels like something to roll the red carpet out for. The track itself, produced by Watson the Great and featuring a smooth hook by Audio Push's Price, probably helps: This shit is smooooth, and each rapper takes the opportunity to skate all over it.
For all there is to be said about the choppy, explosive, Vine-friendly delivery of many of the younger generation's rap hits, there's nothing quite like witnessing three craftsmen clearly having a great time weaving their way through a beat that asks them to rap with more dexterity than you might be inclined to give them credit for. Don't write off Rick Ross, and definitely don't fuck around with Trae, who offers up this bar "for everything they ever done my heart colder than Aspen." But maybe T.I. steals the show with his comment about Atlanta being "the place where you ain't gotta start a culture steal one"? That's for the pundits to decide. This is the kind of song where you want to argue about who came through with the slickest verse, but it's not just some dusty lyrical exercise; it's also a lush cut for the radio.
"All Good" is off of Trae's upcoming Tha Truth 2, the sequel to last year's excellent Tha Truth, out February 5 and available for pre-order here, which includes a download of the song. Trae is also heading on tour staring tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and you can find more dates here. Trae offered the following statement about the song over email:
Me and my producer Watson were at Tree Sounds Studios, and we were just working on records, and that was the vibe I was feeling at the time. It actually started because the original beat was a sample, and we wanted to remake it. I did my verse, then Ross sent his verse in, then Audio Push showed up to the studio and Price laid his part down, then Tip finished it off. As soon as I hear a beat, instantly I know who will sound cool on it and who won't. I just got an ear for it. So when I heard it there was only an option of a couple people that I felt could've fit that.
The concept came from the reality of the struggle where you got a lot of people that count you out, a lot of people that'll fuck you over, a lot of hoes that fucked you over. Just in general it's from the standpoint of, regardless of how people done us, it's all good, we're still alright, we're built for that. It's relatable. It came from our story and our vantage point but it's relatable to the world, cause everybody feels like that. You've had a few people in your life that you thought was solid with you how you're solid with them, but they really weren't shit. But rather than cry about it, it's all good.
Check out "All Good" below:
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