Update: Click “Listen” to watch Tito’s “Conversation With Tito” video.
Booth readers, Tito Lopez. Tito Lopez, Booth readers. Since economies of scale make it unfeasible for an up-and-comer to sit down for an introductory tête-à-tête with each prospective fan, the Mississippi repper elects to invite heads to a collective Conversation With Tito on his latest buzz record and first feature. While the artist kicks off the record with the brash announcement, “I [don’t] give a damn about the beat,” Andre Laudz does a bang-up job behind the boards, layering stark organ chords over slow-rolling percussion as Lopez schools us on his gutter background, his high esteem for his skills and his contempt for the competition. Though the bold and arrogant spitter hardly bends over backwards to get in listeners’ good graces, it’s hard not to like a guy who can work an entire grocery store aisle into a few short bars: “Now your backhanded compliments is condiments—ketchup (catch up) / I mustard up the strength to go forward and put my best up / So mayo next best opponent, whoever’s next up / relish in the moment ‘cause they gon’ probably be the next cut.” Interest piqued? In addition to keeping it locked for all the latest news and tunes, fans can click here to peep a video of Lopez’ recent recording session with West Coast legend Dr. Dre.