Rochester native Pounds makes it very clear on his standout new EP, Borgata, that he’s cut from a similar anti-hero, mafioso-rap cloth that led to so many classic records over the years.
Armed with his unique voice and meditative delivery, he draws inspiration from the artists he listened to growing up (Mobb Deep, Sean Price, Nas) and pens gritty street tales that are all his own.
Of course, you knew that already if you’ve been following his career to date, which has included a number of notable releases over the years (including 2017’s Rules and Parameters).
But with Borgata, Pounds takes it to the next level as he connects with famed West Coast producer Oh No, known for his superb solo work and collaborations with Alchemist (as the duo Gangrene). Together, Pounds and Oh No have crafted a raw and cinematic EP that’s brimming with vivid imagery over soulful loops.