Charcoal & Lighters
RGM RATING (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
“Charcoal & Lighters” is on DeNard’s fantastic “Tha Cookout” EP.
DeNard Kendricks is like DeAndre Hopkins on the mic: A pure beast. Though the Fort Worth, TX rapper’s catalog isn’t super extensive, his level of skills definitely makes it feel like he’s a veteran in the game. For those of you that don’t believe me, I highly recommend that you press play on Kendricks’s latest EP titled Tha Cookout. If you don’t have nine minutes to spare, at least give “Charcoal & Lighters,” the intro to the project, a shot.
“Charcoal & Lighters” is hip-hop music in its purest form. For starters, the track features this laidback/authentically southern instrumental that I can see both Wiz Khalifa and Outkast doing work over. As for DeNard, he absolutely shines, as, throughout the song, he hits us with a hypnotizing hook, super consistent flows, and lyrics that accurately describe how it feels to be a baller, a provider, a playa, and a cookout participant.
I’m not a smoker, but “Charcoal & Lighters” definitely made me want to light up a blunt and lay on a hammock with a cold beer on the side (We needed this song this summer).
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.