There isn’t a damn thing “Mediocre” about the latest banger from Brooklyn rapper Pook Hustle, the self-proclaimed “nice guy with a dark side.” The track stems from his much anticipated new Yellow Tape EP, that’s due out soon.
The single serves as an anthem for anyone who hustles and puts in the work, but is surrounded by a bunch of fakes and phonies who talk a big game. And it’s those actually “good actors” who are directly in the sights of Hustle, who wastes no time cutting them down to size with clever punchlines and wordplay over the catchy track co-produced by Wonderlust and WhatsHisName.
What’s more, the rising emcee uses those same skills to stand up for his community. Namely, he takes aim at police violence with some of the best bars on the track: “No love for the oink-oinks/ I don’t mind if they get hog-tied or deep-fried/ For all the flagrant, foul crimes they commit against my people.” It’s a strongly worded sentiment that fittingly stings, and it also drives home the entire point of “Mediocre”—Hustle isn’t here for your bullsh*t.
Stay tuned for more leaks and updates off the Yellow Tape EP and head over to your preferred digital retailer or streaming platform to support “Mediocre” which is available through Hustle’s own Free Creation Label.