The first thing you have to know about TAMPPA is that he loves his hood. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the rapper considers the borough his muse. On “Brownsville Grind,” a nod to one of Brooklyn’s public housing projects, TAMPPA paints a picture of his hustle. The track is a soulful, brassy, hip-hop hot cooker with an intro by none other than Ludacris. TAMPPA’s got connections—his cousin is Anthony Cruz, a.k.a. the rapper and frequent Nas collaborator, AZ. As you can hear, talent runs in the family. TAMPPA’s tracks are filled with lyrical smart bombs. On “Gotta Be More” he talks about rising above his situation and chasing the dream, rapping, “Like the late, great Michael, I gotta go thrill ‘em.” By “Fix Your Face” he’s arrived. Over rattling textures and a fat bass line he proclaims, “We are kings, and ghetto legends.” All hail the next great MC of Kings County.
Bonus update. Tamppa has a personal message about his latest collaboration: