As Kyle Rapps continues to prep his debut EP, the New Jersey-born, Harlem-based emcee is treating fans with the second official single “Rent Remix,” which features the legendary KRS-One. The track is a fitting collaboration seeing as Kyle Rapps’ forthcoming EP, Re-Edutainment is his own take on the now classic Boogie Down Productions album, Edutainment, released over 20 years ago. “Being able to meet and vibe with my favorite rapper of all time was a dream come true,” explains Rapps.
Produced by Kev Brown – as is the full EP, using only the samples and dusty loops utilized on the original BDP album – the “Rent Remix” flips a deep and ominous guitar sample, as Rapps offers listeners a vivid account of substandard living conditions and overpriced housing. “I got tired of landlords trying to take advantage – especially in this economy,” says Kyle in speaking on the inspiration behind the song. His sentiments are matched by the power of his words as he raps, “Work 3 jobs, my pockets still tight/ I deserve an apartment that ain’t got no mice/ Hot days, cold nights/ Roaches, broke pipes, this won’t stop without a fight” KRS, who also appeared on the original version of the track, follows with an equally poignant verse, emphasized by his unmistakably forceful baritone as he depicts the daily struggle of dealing with incompetent landlords.
Kyle Rapps’ debut EP, Re-Edutainment, produced entirely by Kev Brown and featuring Joell Ortiz, KRS-One, and U-N-I will drop on March 29th.
Download “Rent Remix” here: