Money Man and Lil Baby Have the Flow of the Year on ’24’
For three minutes, Money Man and Lil Baby give one of the purest examples of a flow that has dominated the past year. In practice, it sounds like a torrent of syllables and metaphors delivered in quick succession. Imagine someone trying to read a phonebook’s worth of flexes through an Auto-Tuned gargle in the fastest amount of time possible, and one can begin to picture what makes “24” so amazing. To his credit, Lil Baby effortlessly matches Money Man’s energy, with a verse that operates like a victory lap. There’s the technical whirlwind of Baby forcing a flurry of end rhymes — “imposter” gets contorted to rhyme with “gossip,” while “possum” is matched with “chop him” — while also bragging about his chart domination. If the lasting impact of Kobe Bryant’s legacy was about winning at all cost, then “24” more than lives up to that ideal.
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