“Betta Watch Yo Self” Sketch A serious "get 'em" track from the Lansdowne rapper.

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Standout Track: “Betta Watch Yo Self,” from Sketch’s forthcoming Ill album, on which the Lansdowne, Va., rapper runs down his hip-hop credentials over a beat of creepy piano chords and drums crafted by producer Kevlar. “ I want the papes, want the dough, I’m a bank schema/I got a team in Virginia like Frank Beamer/Tag team up/Gangsta lean up/Wanna battle, put your cream up,” he rhymes.

Musical Motivation: Sketch, part of the DMV’s Inner Loop crew, calls “Betta Watch Yo Self” a “get ’em” track designed to show off his rhyme skills. “In my inner circle, a track like this—just talking shit, bigging up your crew, bigging yourself up—we call them ‘get ’em’ tracks, because you’re just going at [the listener], gettin’ ’em,” he says. “I came up as a battle rapper, so I love tracks like this. I’m basically letting people know I’m hungry, that I’m trying to get known—letting people know that I can come with it.”

Betta Watch Yo Back: Partially responsible for the intensity of the work is the fact that Sketch and Kevlar were fighting about some long-forgotten issue the day the track was laid down. “When we got into the studio—Depth Charge in Crystal City—we weren’t speaking, but we were both there,” Sketch says. He says that, at one point, a decision was made to add an intro to the song, during which an imaginary hater would trash-talk the rapper, making Sketch’s boastful lyrics seem like a response. Kevlar eagerly volunteered. “He was like, ‘I’ll do it!’” Sketch says. “And when I laid the track I was pissed off—that’s where some of the aggressiveness comes from.”

Our Readers Say

Oh what a novelty act. A white rapper how original I guess the Jonas Brother didnt need any help with their tired track act.

There are so many talent African America rapper why is this white trash getting exposure?
your wack blkisin you bama.
Kid is nice. Has good delivery. Can hold his own. Thats the problem with this area. City full of haters. When will we understand that no one can prevail until we support our own> LEARN DUMB DUMBS
I remember hearing him at Radford like five or six years ago. There was this one track called "Becks and Henny" that I had on a CD, but I can't find it now. It was incredible...

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