Back in January of this year, Jalin Roze and 1200 collaborated for a track called “1200 Rozes” and the world was left satisfied, but eventually grew hungry for more of this seemingly natural collaboration between two of Louisville’s finest emcees. Given this small sample, these two fellas appeared to work together as well as peanut butter and jelly, or better yet, vodka and tomato juice, one of my personal favorite duos.
Thank the maker, because Roze and 1200 are back with a new track titled “First 48” that is most certainly welcome as Louisville’s hip hop community continues to flourish in 2015. The first half of this new track showcases Roze’s smooth ability to finesse and sweeten up a jazzy beat, which in this case was produced by none other than Nick Burke. This noise sounds like a modernized version of something you’d hear Q-Tip rapping over on an A Tribe Called Quest track.
At the halfway point, 1200 takes over the song and the mood drastically flips from fun-loving to serious, as this dude clearly has some shit to get off his chest. I’m not going to mention names in particular (considering it’s obviously none of my business), but he directly hurls a few choice lines directly at a few folks in town, and for about two minutes straight, he puts these people on blast. I don’t really care about beef, diss tracks, or the people that encourage this sort of thing, but holy fuck, it’s hard not to appreciate 1200’s anti-jealousy message and clever word play as he verbally takes a few of his “haters” down.
Listen to “First 48” below: