SOHH teamed up with ReverbNation to select 20 unsigned rappers with "True Grit" --that rough, authentic swagger and determination to win at all costs. After weeks of deliberations and debates reviewing hundreds of worthy (and simply wack) contenders, the SOHH.com team countsdown the top 20 grittiest rappers on ReverbNation with a hustle so hard and rhymes so raw, they can't go unnoticed.
The SOHH True Grit Artist #11: "COOL NUTZ", PORTLAND, OREGON
Don't blink or you might miss one of the best things blazing the Oregon Trail in the form of rapper Terrance Scott, or how his fans know him, "Cool Nutz." But don't let us force Nutz down your throat. His West Coast flavor mixed with Golden Era vibes has gotten props (not to mention, guest features) from predecessors such as E-40 and DD Artis.
Numbers speak volumes for what Cool Nutz has in store for his followers. With a grasp on the social market in the form of over 35,000 MySpace fans, Nutz is making it his daily goal to continue to branch out from being your local rhyme spitter to a lyrical slinger, "with Portland on his back". Avidly booking various venues and having already graced 500 stages, Cool Nutz is not the type who waits for opportunities to reach him -- he creates his opportunities.
Take a listen to a song like "Monster Up" and we're sure you won't help but agree that this guy puts in work ("You talk in the shadows, the whispers in the trees/I'm the heart of the forest, my ears is the leaves/I rock with the squares, I thug with the G's/I ran mother nature with the snow and the keys/Duct tape, wrap the pink flakes, no cut y'all/soaking through my pores, I stay cooking up/The stamp on the brick, it's some Escobar sh*t"). His ability to take a rhyme and transform a few bars into a story catches our ears and makes us wonder if we're listening to a rapper on the come-up or a scene from New Jack City. However, his ability to wax poetic about harsh realities really take us by storm, as heard on "Live This Rap" ("I been in the field/My n*gga live that life/I risked my freedom, d*mn near give my life/I ride the front lines and f*ck with three stripes/Document that sh*t and wish for 5 Mics...").
Ready or not, Cool Nutz is coming for the rap game's throat. Don't get scared now.
Be sure to check SOHH True Grit tomorrow, as we begin counting down the Top 10 Artists!