“Frozen,” featuring Kool G Rap, is the latest song off of Gas Mask, the debut album from Detroit hip-hop trio The Left, comprised of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist103, and DJ Soko. An ominous introduction of horns and a chanting vocal sample setup the hard-hitting lyrics of “Frozen.” Ironically eloquent, the first verse of the track is a metaphor comparing the addictive nature of dope to The Left’s music: “From the time you stick the disc in/ It’s the same feeling that a heroin addict gets when he sticks the syringe in/ I put you in a deep nod, back and forth constant/ Once I get in your system there’s no way you can stop it… I make you spend that last for that work in that plastic.” It’s evident that throughout the song, The Left and Kool G Rap, together, possess a certain maturity that enables them to transform something raw and gritty into a relatable and accessible piece of music. According to DJ Soko, the main inspiration for “Frozen” derives from the “drive and hunger for dope music, and the lengths that people will go to get their hands on the newest, best music.”
For Apollo Brown, it was his own quests for the best music that brought him to wanting to work with Kool G Rap on the album. “I’ve always wanted to do a joint with Kool G. Rap,” says the rising producer. “He’s without a doubt one of my favorite emcees of all time. He and Journalist just fit the beat, and meshed on the song as a whole. Journalist came in the studio to cut the song and I surprised him with the vocals from Kool G. Rap and we just went from there.” Hit the jump for audio..
“Frozen” f/ Kool G Rap