MASON CITY – You can meet some interesting folks in this town if you broaden your horizons.
Early this morning on Mason City’s 15th Street NE, a group of young men were rapping on their front porch. I asked them if they would like to perform for the whole world and agree to go on camera.
Three of the rappers agreed, calling themselves “Guns and Ammunition.” The hastily assembled trio consisted of “Cobalt,” “Snoogins the Mad Scientist (the beat artist),” and “Carleton.” They then launched into a rap song they made up on the fly, including all the lyrics.
This is called “cypherin’ freestyle” or “freestyle rap,” sometimes known as “battle rap” or “battle rhyming.” If you saw the movie “8 Mile” you would have seen a similar style of music in that film.
(PHOTO: “Guns and Ammunition” is, left to right, “Snoogins the Mad Scientist,” “Carleton” and “Cobalt.” )
Take a peak at the following video, and I warn you, if you dislike profanity, or if there are children around, do not press play.
*** WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE ***