This is Anthem? The guy who made this? These days, if you flip an indie hit into a catchy rap song, you’re in trouble of being thrown into the mix with a sizable camp of new school rappers that value the chorus more than the verse, the Wiz Khalifa mash-up more than the Big L freestyle. Nothing wrong with that, different strokes for different folks, right? But it’s always surprising to hear an artist introduce a new side.
We’ve only heard a few songs from Anthem, but so far he’s flipped some good indie rock/pop songs into some catchy hip-hop. For “Survival Of The Fittest,” he takes a drastically different approach and shows off a lyrical side and an appreciation for that golden era hip-hop. Check him out over Mobb Deep’s “Survival Of The Fittest.” Shoutout to Manhattan. Anthem is still building up his body of work, but it’s good to see this side of him.