It’s finally here!! For a while now seasoned lyricist Ginger Trill has been teasing about an EP release. Concisely titled PIF (Paid In Full), it is a conceptual EP with a track list that's just as concise, which he calls a six-pack.
Those who have followed Ginger Trill for a while will have an appreciation for how he evolved his style to a modern sound while not compromising on the quality of raps he delivers. In the process, he even transitioned to luxury raps and he does that so well. PIF is no different, it’s swaggy flex lines from the get go with beats fit for a mafia movie sound score. Add to that some sound clips that can also be found in Jim Jones' El Capo and you know what kind of scene we're up for. Here’s a tract by track breakdown of the EP.
A while ago we did a list of rappers that sound convincingly like they could sell you something off a corner if you’re looking to buy. And it’s songs like this that keep Ginger Trill on that list. All hustlers do it for a reason. What better reason than to make sure the fam is sorted. Having authorities right on their heels isn't even reason to quit or lay low. K-Tasso is featured on the second verse.
DOD (Do Or Die) comes in at track number two. It builds up so much suspense and I can’t tell which contributes more, the beat or the rap. Probably both. The hook is long and grimy. Someone’s about to get shot here. It gives a feeling that you wandered off into a part of town that you have no business being in and witnessed something terrible unfold. There’s some humour in the paranoia that comes with pushing product, with some clients getting interrogated if they come with the third degree.
The story telling unfolds in a different direction. Ginger talks about a girl he met online and how that came to be. This is a refreshing take that adds to the character of the strict hustler we’ve heard on the first two joints. He goes on to tell the story of how a connection developed and how it eventually came to mean nothing in the end. All vivid. All this over a smooth neosoul beat.
Look, man. Even the meanest thugs get caught up in some love interest at some point. BAD extends the pause from the business talk. We get a glimpse of what goes on in between the dealings. This could be the same hun in the previous track but it’s most likely not. He has a type – good girl gone bad. He’s hung up on this one unlike the one before.
The title of this track comes from the witty wordplay on the hook, diamonds dancing on a ring. The beat has some trappy elements to it, the flow too. Homeboy K-Tasso comes back in to drop the hook. They make a great combination.
The beat drops and you can tell it’s going to be a crazy one. It’s nostalgic. The beat is simple with a dominant drum kit. Not much raps on business here. Trilly wraps the EP up with a display of rap skill.
I had my reservations when the number of tracks was announced, thinking there wouldn’t be room for a decent range but there actually is. Besides, it's an EP. You can bet there is no shortage of witty bars and wordplay. The quality of each track makes one not mind the small quantity. Add to that how they come together to give us this cinematic experience and you will see that this is nothing short of amazing.