Supernatural

    The Lost Freestyle Files

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    Supernatural’s The Lost Freestyle Files has been heavily
    marketed under a quote by Bobbito Garcia proclaiming the record “a
    piece of hip-hop history,” which is entirely true. It is not a debut
    LP, nor is it a party jam or a “headphones album”; it is an
    introduction to the troubled career of an infamous underground emcee,
    chronicling heated battles, radio freestyles and a few excellent studio
    tracks.

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    The majority of the tracks on The Lost Freestyle Files
    originally aired on the radio, ultimately explaining some of the
    record’s poor sound quality. But these tracks are the heart of the
    record, showcasing the emcee’s phenomenal freestyle skills and
    controversial battles. On legendary shows, including those of Bobbito
    & Stretch and Sway & Tech, Supernatural flaunts his conceptual
    rhyme styles, which include an underwater verse and a “transformer”
    style, wherein he channels the voices of Biggie Smalls, Xzibit and
    Slick Rick the Ruler.

    The battle tracks on the record include Supernat’s highly contested
    challenges with Craig G and Juice. After Juice calls his opponent an
    undeserving understudy, the battle reaches its climax when Supernat
    lets loose with his rebuttal: “Understudy? Yo, that’s suicidal./ Fuck
    that shit, Supernatural is your idol.” Many fans waste time arguing
    over who won these battles, but what’s important is the hunger
    expressed in this fundamental function of rap that is all but
    nonexistent in the industry today.

    The handful of studio tracks on The Lost Freestyle Files
    are so excellent they might frustrate fans who still await an LP of
    fresh material from this lyrical legend. He’s come close to producing a
    traditional album to release several times, including a bungled record
    deal with Elektra. That was some time ago, but the fact that
    Supernatural is currently the opening act on a Linkin Park tour is
    evidence that the emcee’s path is still unfortunately misguided. I hope
    The Lost Freestyle Files won’t forever seal his fate as an underground legend who never saw his time to explode.