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Song Premiere: On “Invisible,” Gods’Illa Rejects Whack Rap

Gods'IllaIn rap music, there's a civil war between two distinct factions, pitting those who prefer traditional aspects of the genre against those who identify with the mainstream wave of glossy swag.

And if it's unclear on which side rapper Truth Hall stands, the opening rhymes of Gods'Illa's new song, "Invisible," erase all confusion: "Here's a fact, man I'm bored with rap/All these new ninjas is mostly whack." It's a common point of view among rappers like Gods'Illa, a trio of blood brothers from Forestville, Maryland, whose quick-witted flows and philosophical content—along with an Erykah Badu collaboration—made for one of 2011's best releases.

On "Invisible," the rappers ride a makeshift dancehall rhythm courtesy of producer Joe D. to do some bragging. After Truth makes his opening statement, he goes on to bemoans his aimless peers: "As I look around in search of rappers, I see clowns/No competition, I'll just battle myself."

Acem, who rhymes occasionally about finding greater opportunities, continues the theme here: "Rolling up my sleeves in the living room at Mom's house/Hooking up machines to the stereo, gotta get these bars out/Now we've gotten aerial landing destinations, renting cars out."

"Invisible" won't be on Gods'Illa's forthcoming album, Believe in Gods'Illa, which is slated for a summer release. Stream the song and watch the video after the jump.

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