Denver hip-hop roundup: Rebel Queen, Molina and more - Reverb

Best Denver hip-hop tracks out this week: Molina Speaks, Spoke In Wordz and more

Adrian Molina, a.k.a. Molina, photographed with the tools of his trade by Ric Urrutia

Molina Speaks. Photo by Ric Urrutia.

The MC’s on the scene in Denver are taking risks, trying new things and saying whatever they want, artfully, of course. There is a new collaboration between Mike Wird, Babah Fly and DJ Fast4ward called Fly4Wird that yields a soul sample beat and healthy rhymes for their track “Water.”

Molina Speaks pays his respects to the Colorado rap scene with his track “Colorado Hip-hop Pt.1″ and Spoke in Wordz flips his whole style with the Bobby Lefebre assisted “Serious Discussions.” Sid Madrid is all about the ladies and good drinks on his latest one, “Drink & F*ck.” This week’s best Denver hip-hop tracks are full of inspiration, rebellion and paying dues.

Fly4Wird — “Water”

Fly4Wird, the trio collaboration between Babah Fly Jedi, DJ Fast4Ward and Mike Wird definitely works in both theory and practice. Babah Fly handles all the rhymes on this video for “Water.” The images of mountainous terrain match the lyrics and sentiment of the song, which is about the winding road to truth. In this case, the water is the revolution, and your leaders are Babah Fly Jedi and company.

Spoke In Wordz — “A Tribe Called Mex; Beans, Rhymes, and Rice”

In one of the coolest rap interpolations we’ve seen in a while, Spoke In Wordz has flipped A Tribe Called Quest’ classic album “Beats, Rhymes and Life” into “A Tribe Called Mex; Beans, Rhymes and Rice.” Standout track “Serious Discussions,” features Bobby LeFebre and doesn’t stray too far from Spoke’s foundation as a hip-hop golden-era loving MC. LeFebre offers a poignant spoken piece at the end of the track that sums up the stern talking to Spoke gives the world through his lyrics.

Molina Speaks — “Colorado Hip-Hop Pt.1”

Molina is possibly the only MC in Denver who has transcended being boxed into any particular facet of the scene. In ways much like Mos Def rapped on “Close Edge,” Molina proves he is close to the streets, the revolutionaries, the hood and much more with his dedication to Colorado rap. “Colorado Hip-Hop Pt.1” is the coolest chronological description of the scene, with pretty much everyone getting a shout-out. Although we’ll have to agree to disagree on his “journalism is dead,” declaration.

Sid Madrid — “Drink & F*ck”

Sid Madrid is getting warmed up for the summer, it seems. His track “Drink & F*ck,” is about a harmonious feeling of overworked hormones and alcohol fueled desire with a willing lady. As always, Madrid’s flow is concise and clear as he celebrates the things that make the attraction between he and this lady particularly special.

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Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.