Freestyle vs. Written is a collaboration between freestyle master C-Rayz Walz and "yeshiva-trained wordsmith" Kosha Dillz. The album's namesake comes from the idea that Kosha would come to the table with his written rhymes and Walz brought nothing but his on the fly freestyle skills. Not only is the premise of the album something in itself but the album was recorded in 24 hours by 19-year-old Kentron Da Mastadon. So has this piqued your interest yet? This album plays some fresh beats and slick rhymes.
The title track tells it like it is, that is the story of how the LP came to fruition. "Got a genius idea. It ain't this or that no Hava Nagila." This the L.L. Cool J-esque "I Love Jews" and "The Foolish Path" are all highlight tracks for me. But let it be known there are some heavy moments on this album, just give "March to the Death" a listen.
Reading interviews with these two guys, you can tell that they didn't really have anything in common, in fact they've butted heads a few times. But that's honest and that honesty makes this album much more meaningful than your run o' the mill hip hop album. Despite their differences they came up with something different and put it out there. Freesytle vs. Written is a fresh and unique album worth taking note of, serving as an allegory, overcoming racial and religious boundaries with the added bonuses of clever rhymes and fresh beats.