Best Of 2007

BEST ROMANTIC RAP SONG BY A LOCAL ACT: “French Vanilla,” Blac Soap

BEST ROMANTIC RAP SONG BY A LOCAL ACT: French Vanilla, Blac Soap

“Don’t throw our love away” goes the irresistible hook over a laid-back, synthy beat interspersed with Day-Glo squiggles that makes it sound like something by Outkast or Cee-Lo Green. Verses include such long-stem-roses-worthy lines as: “Searching for my ghetto Mrs. Cinderella/ Crazy about this gal named French Vanilla/ I broke her heart, tried to glue it back together.” The track is by recently formed Tampa rap duo Blac Soap, one of the most refreshing hip-hop acts to emerge on the scene this year.

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