Envy Caine emerged as one of the pioneers of Brooklyn's underground scene last year with his breakout street anthem "Folk Shit." Peaking at almost 200 thousand views, Caine was unable to see the full success of the visual as he did time in prison. Unlike many of his songs, "Folk Shit," mirrored the style made most famous by rappers from Chicago's drill scene. However, Caine is known for his more traditional beat selection, flow, and delivery. Almost a year later and Caine is back on the streets and wasted no time addressing Brooklyn's underground scene with a style his fans should be more familiar with.
In just the last year, 22Gz has become one of the most recognizable faces in Brooklyn's underground rap scene. 22's music personifies the evolution of hip-hop in New York City and as one of youngest artists leading the charge, he has the uncanny ability to paint vivid pictures of the city while maintaining an entertaining sound for listeners to enjoy.
Important components in 22's song making ability are: his flow and delivery. Not only does 22 start his verse with triplets on "Flexin," but he also speeds up his flow halfway into his verse. "Flexin" is quite possibly one of 22's most complex verses to date, as it showcases his versatility and ability to master several different flows.
Despite his age, 22 has a commanding presence. His unique voice and cadence is on full display in "Regular" Ft. Zanotti & Suavee Jew. Not only is 22 responsible for the hook, but he also carries the vibe of the track. In fact, 22 might be one of the few young artists from the city that can make you want to dance to such gritty lyrics. Thus, 22 has become a fan favorite as he sets the tone on tracks despite collaborating with others.
Last year, 22 released the hood anthem Blicky Ft. Nas Blicky & NiikoSuav, and he continued to drop hit after hit. Now, he's back with arguably his biggest song to date "Suburban." The single is at almost 500,000 views on YouTube, and has no features. In 2016, 22Gz averaged at least 100,000 views in every video he was in, and as his buzz continues to grow, we're excited to see what the future holds for him this year. Check out the video above and let us know what you think.