Novatore recruits Californian-Bay Area rapper G-Mo Skee for MASK UP, a hard hitting boom bap track with piercing mandolins, or sitars, which gives it that Asian influenced, Wu Tang vibe. A 5/5 in terms of production, lyricism, theme and overall feeling. Novatore hits this wicked flow with, “I’ve been maneuvering, getting through to the root of them, who would knew I’d get through to them, who’s the brutalist hoodlums?!” Later in his verse he also drops lines such as “Been called a skinny fag, never been a lumberjack, but one punch convert a back packer into mumble rap!” Novatore is known for piercingly hardcore lyricism with a slight raspy tone, and an old school boom bap flow.
The overarching theme in this record is the idea of dawning the mask before it was socially acceptable, or shall we say, socially forced upon us by big brother at large. “Filth and dirt, dirt and filth, get your mask up. You don’t want no blood spilt so back up, covered our faces before the days of the virus, don’t try to fight us, there’s a rage up inside us.” The chip on the shoulder that mask wearing has now become normal and they were rocking masks prior is felt intensely through the vibe of the hook.
G-Mo comes in with an insane verse, starting out comparing his skill to the crack that hits ones lips when smoking from the pipe. He has a distinct voice that sounds harsh in a way but he compliments Novatore’s flows and lyrics perfectly, the track is equal footing for both emcees to show off their honed skills of many nights, blacksmithing the right words to lay over a boom bap piece. This track is a solid old school vibe, surely to have you bumping more than once. The replay value is high, and the emcees pairing makes for great music. Novatore’s catalog is quite immense as we have covered him before and do not hesitate to go check out his collaborator G-Mo Skee! Bravo!