Thruway “Despise The Free Lunch” album
Despise The Free Lunch is a diverse, gripping project from rising Corona, Queens rapper Thruway and producer SPKilla, a talented beatsmith best known for his work with Noreaga. Together, this duo embraces the concept of the albumâ€™s title, particularly the rhymes that embody the mindset of making it your own way. The emceeâ€™s mindset is apparent straight from the jump on the melodic â€œHov Lane,â€ later on within the radio-friendly â€œMiercoles,â€ and also on the fittingly titled â€œIâ€™m Doing Me.â€ On the latter, SPKilla laces the track with speaker-knocking production for Thruway (and his guest, Nutso and Julio), who begins to reveal his inner demons with bars like, â€œI ainâ€™t scared of death/ Iâ€™m more scared I ainâ€™t prepared for it.â€
By letting his guard down, the Corona representative offers insight into what it means to be a hustler trying to make his way in life. You may have a rough exterior and use it to your advantage, but deep down, you canâ€™t escape the lifestyleâ€™s inherent fears. But Despise The Free Lunch isnâ€™t without its tough-as-nails bangers reminiscent of SPKillaâ€™s hardest tracks with Noreaga. These include the all-out bully raps on â€œWhat You Wanna Doâ€ and pure head-nodder â€œProposition Joe,â€ which sounds right out of the early â€˜90s in the best way possible. That sentiment rounds out the album on â€œLoad Up The Mic,â€ a killer bonus track that finds Thruway putting on for his borough while SPK flips some ill(matic) samples. Itâ€™s a fitting conclusion to an album thatâ€™s packed with rugged lyricism, heavy production, and enough variety to entice any listener.