Tax Free is a new single from Portland-based hip hop artist, Tony Ro$e. An prominent figure in the Portland music scene for nearly two decades, Tony Ro$e has inspired countless young artists in the area. He has a lengthy musical resume, having released several mixtapes and appeared on songs with well-known artists like Mac Dre, Mista F.A.B. Mitchy Slick and many others.
In his latest single, Tax Free Tony demonstrates his veteran hip hop sensibilities and acquired skill set. His delivery style is relaxed but maintains consistent timing and maximum potency. Lyrically, he doesn’t pull any punches. He keeps it real and raw with a no-nonsense approach to pressing economic questions, while somehow managing to make things fun in the process.
The backing music is enjoyably exotic and has an Asian instrumental quality to it. It really gives the track some flavor and juxtaposes favorably with the robust beat. Basically, this is a solid hip hop jam that’s straightforward and has all the marks of a seasoned pro. There’s not a lot of flash or hype. Tax Free is an example of good, fundamental hip hop that finds just the right balance of performance, production and social commentary.
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