Stoney Dudebro, a.k.a. Sean Mac, describes himself as a conservative stoner rapper, and is particularly passionate about music, politics and pot. Marijuana is itself a political issue at the moment and he views it as a major beneficial influence. In this regard, he is similar to rap artists like Snoop Dogg and hip-hop groups like Cypress Hill, but his music most resembles the intelligent laid back hip-hop of De La Soul.
This track, 6AM Freestyle, is fairly self-explanatory. It’s a freestyle rap which Stoney calls a ‘wake and bake anthem’ and manages to contain a lot of lyrical content despite only being a minute and a half long. It marks the first collaboration with producer Owlspec, who provided the instrumental backing track for Stoney to freestyle over. The track consists of an intricate beat, dub bass and a recurring synth motif.
Lyrically, it’s a humorous tale about getting rather high on ‘exotic trees’ early in the morning. Stoney has a languid but extremely fluent delivery, showing a strong command of rhythm and rhyme. His self-belief and philosophy shine in lines like, “I’m getting tired but keep moving, that’s what winners do…I’m not kicking the door down, I’m barging through.…”.
Overall, this is a promising start for this new artist on the scene, one who has a very different style and approach to most hip hop artists out there. Rather than getting caught up in braggadocio and aggression, Stoney has higher things on his mind (no pun intended). This track should make him plenty of fans, especially hip hop and rap fans of the 420-friendly persuasion. I look forward to hearing more music from him in the future.
VERDICT: 8.3 out of 10