Cory Gunz & David Bars – Gunz X Bars (LP) [Diggin’ In The Crates DITC7005]
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Two of the Bronx’s most skillful emcees have paired up for one of the most promising collaborative albums of 2023. Appropriately titled, Gunz X Bars, the boogie down’s own Cory Gunz and David Bars have joined forces with Respect the Vision (RTV) under the watch of DITC Studios and as you’d expect, the result is top-tier lyricism over a soundscape that epitomizes the essence of New York hip-hop.
For the past two plus decades, Cory Gunz has made his bones by proving his lyrical prowess time and time again. Son of rapper Peter Gunz (of the famed duo, Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz), it didn’t take long for his talents to be recognized by Lil Wayne, where he appears on his single, “6 Foot 7 Foot” off Tha Carter IV. He also starred in his own befittingly-titled reality show, Son of a Gun (MTV) which documented his journey to fulfill his career in music.
David Bars’ trajectory also started at a young age, when he made his name at high school talent shows and industry showcases throughout the city. Releasing his debut project, Barcode, in 2019, the quick-witted spitter found himself rapping alongside the legendary Fat Joe who appears on the single, “A Star is Born.” However, the co-signs weren’t limited by Joey Crack, as the inimitable DJ Premier lent his boom-bap magic to the album cuts, “Beat the Odds” and “Just Like That.”
Throughout Gunz X Bars, Gunz and Bars prove themselves to be both lyrically and sonically compatible. Gunz’ staccato-type flow melds seamlessly with Bars’ smooth delivery. To boot, the production value throughout plays to the strengths of both emcees, with beats provided by So Special, Track Pros, Kofi Cooks, and more.