Heavy Rotation with Deniro Farrar

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Do you ever wonder what artists are listening to when they’re not busy creating their own joints? Like, what songs they knock in the whip on repeat, or in the crib while they’re chilling? In our new NahRight feature Heavy Rotation, we will be exploring what five songs the illest rappers, producers, and also industry tastemakers are currently feeling the most.

To set it off, we got on the horn with North Carolina rapper Deniro Farrar, who is fresh off the release of his latest project, The Patriarch 2. Farrar’s a favorite here at NahRight, and we were curious to find out what he’s been bumping when he’s not in the studio crafting his lyrically inclined, underground brand of cult rap. And with the sounds of his newborn son in the background (congrats!), Farrar broke down for us the five songs he’s got in Heavy Rotation. Check out his selections below.

1. Kendrick Lamar ft. Gunplay “Cartoon & Cereal”

Deniro Farrar: “That’s one of his older tracks. It came out before good kid, m.A.A.d. city, but I love the diversity on the song, with him putting Gunplay on there. I think that’s one of the best verses I ever heard out of Gunplay. [He] spit bars on that. It’s just a really well put together song. It shows the diversity that Kendrick Lamar is bringing to the hip-hop world, too. It’s different, and I like different. It’s a crazy record. It’s one of the best records made then, and now. It [brought] the substance back to rap.

“I’ve been listening to Kendrick Lamar since he was K. Dot. I ain’t a bandwagon type of dude. I tend to get off of an artist once everyone is on him, and try to find the next dude to listen to, which is me. I’m gonna stop listening to myself once everyone starts bandwagoning the music.”

2. 2Pac “So Many Tears”

“[I got introduced to 2Pac’s music by] my older brother. We always shared a room growing up. So what he was listening to was the same thing I was listening to. [This song] basically told you that [2Pac] didn’t have a sense of belonging until he got ‘Thug Life’ tattooed on him. It’s the message in it. I feel like I get a different message than everybody else. I didn’t feel a sense of belonging until a lot of things happened in my life, and I started to grow into who I was as an individual. Everybody accepted me once I accepted who I was, and stopped trying to be someone I wasn’t.

“I can identify [with this record]. I can’t identify with none of this new stuff. 2Pac’s music is still relevant because the message in it is so deep. He’s been dead for over a decade now and you can still go back and listen to his music.”

3. Chief Keef “I Don’t Like”

“That’s the guilty pleasure that I have, listening to music like that. I know the dichotomy of the record. I lot of kids hear that record, and hear a bunch of nonsense. But I knew what it was going to do to hip-hop before it even became big. The original version, not the one with Kanye on it. I was like, ‘This is next level gangster rap.’ Next thing you know, Jimmy Iovine was grabbing up the kid. I seen it before it happened.

“This record is next level violence. Waka Flocka can’t make this. Waka Flocka makes church girl music compared to the Chief Keef wave of gangster. Waka Flocka would at least reference a fist fight. Chief Keef is all about ‘bang.’ That’s his whole thing. I heard [Chief Keef] make songs about girls, ‘She say she love me, whatever that is,’ but the ad-libs are still ‘bang bang.’’’

“Kanye knew. He knew it was gonna give him the relevance in the streets that he didn’t have. Kanye [doesn’t] make street music that can touch the inner city youth on the South Side of Chicago. That’s what Chief Keef can do. That’s why [Kanye] threw a verse on that. He didn’t really care about what it was gonna do for Chief Keef. He knew he couldn’t make that type of music. That’s why Chief Keef’s on his album. He’s smart.”

4. Meek Mill “Levels”

“It’s the way he rode the beat. It’s perfect. He’s really coming into that perfection element where it’s not even necessarily about bars. I remember when he first got on he was one of those cats that spit like he wrote a million rhymes when he was in prison and he couldn’t wait to get out and put them over a beat. All his songs were like he was so anxious to get those bars out. Now he’s becoming more patient. And the beat selection is really great. He did his thing.”

5. Kings of Leon “Use Somebody”

“You ever hear a song that makes your spirit feel good? Makes you feel happy? It just feels like I cleanse my spirit every time I hear it. I got a full tattoo sleeve, and it took me 12 hours. And that was the song I had on repeat. It does something to me every time I hear it. It’s just that song. I can’t even describe it. It’s powerful. The way they open it, ‘I’ve been roaming around/Always looking down.’ How’d they do that? It’s one of the best, most well-composed records I’ve heard.”

Previously: Deniro Farrar ft. JMSN – Separate (Prod. by Ryan Hemsworth) (Video)

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539 Responses to “Heavy Rotation with Deniro Farrar”

  1. Dwayne Gretsky Says:

    Y u worried bout what Gretsky doing?

  2. why? Says:

    Who the fuck is Cory Monteith?

  3. Cypher Says:


  4. Casket Face Says:

    why? Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    Who the fuck is Cory Monteith?


    From Glee …I never watched the show, saw that he died somewhere.

  5. Dwayne Gretsky Says:

    I’m jus saying tho…

    Got damn a nigga can’t speak his mind???

  6. Casket Face Says:

    So if I started a action committee here in New York, how many Nahggers would actively participate?

    SERIOUS …legislation, fund raisers, community speakers etc.


  7. Dwayne Gretsky Says:

    O I get it….

    U a what u doing type of nigga…

    A follower.

  8. b Says:

    i dont want no beef ever

  9. Casket Face Says:

    Dead ass serious, I’m filling out the paper work first thing tomorrow morning.

    Non-profit organization on some radical change type shit.

    I’m counting on y’all.


  10. A-1 Says:

    Casket Face
    17 mins ago

  11. Casket Face Says:

    I’m open to suggestions …first order of business.

  12. Harlem World Says:

    I’m counting on y’all.



    *crickets x tumbleweed*

  13. Cypher Says:

    lmao, ask a nigga what is he doing to create change and hr cant even answer.

    @Casket, non profit as in what?

    what does your organization do different from those already in existence?

  14. Tron Stockton Says:


  15. Casket Face Says:

    Science …evolution, and the world wide investment into a reactive evolutionary institution that no only demands respect but enforces it until the imbalance is corrected WORLD WIDE.

    This verdict was a slap in my face that I honestly thought wouldn’t be a possibility.

    “Look the nigger smoked weed and had a grill in his mouth, he’s guilty”

    ….but then “Twerk Miley Miley” it’s “cute” when her and “Biebs” dress like Tupac.

    …I never been so serious in my life about anything.

  16. Dwayne Gretsky Says:

    “What are u doing man?”


  17. Casket Face Says:

    One rule is gonna be to not talk about the movement or discuss it in white media, AT ALL …we don’t need no minstrel show, no CNN coverage, NONE OF THAT SHIT.

    Matter of fact shit is gonna operate like the American Government, within the government for BLACKS ONLY.

    Not that we should segregate, but if your heart don’t pump vivid memories of daily struggles you can’t understand and we clearly aren’t “teaching” effectively so we can’t “share” SHIT….sorry whites, HISPANICS, and who ever…we can be friends but we gotta act like y’all and draw that “polite” invisible line.

    We can’t be doormat no more… I’m done talkin’, and I’m prolly gonna make a lot of enemies, possibly die…but fuck it.

    I-SWEAR-TO-GOD …it’s going down.

  18. Cypher Says:

    Science …evolution, and the world wide investment into a reactive evolutionary institution that no only demands respect but enforces it until the imbalance is corrected WORLD WIDE.

    thats to subjective and scattergun of a goal… in my opinion to be feasible.

    also the blacks only thing seems inflammatory and counter-productive to true change.

    I think tackling smaller goals/mission and working up for there is a better plan.

  19. Casket Face Says:

    Manifest Destiny for people of color ….

    Banned Members:

    Al Sharpton

    …to be announced.

    …we ain’t shuckin’ and jiving, that’s the problem right there…niggas act like it’s all good then when it goes down, “aww man, my heart goes out to the victims, I’m shocked blah blah blah”

    ….Casket Face been rantin’ on Nah Right since 2008.

    But I was honestly shocked at this verdict, I’m tired of struggling, tired of going through hurdles while white people burning dollars bills talking about “just apply yourself”…yeah? Trayvon was applying himself, Oscar Grant was applying himself. Kim Kardashian try to get involved she gettin’ hoe’d on sight…this gonna be some elite shit no gimmicks, no games, any attempts to dilute is punishable by banishment or death…..some “oh my, I’m applaud and can’t do nothing cause they’re right” type shit. Shit gotta STOP TODAY, RIGHT NOW.

    Aight … I’m about show niggas .

  20. Casket Face Says:


  21. Gob Bluth Says:

    Tragedy happens & the first thing we do is blame ourselves

    victim mentality, battered wife syndrome , willy lynch all rolled in one

    i blame the false stereotype, i blame zimmerman, i blame the all white jury that couldn’t look past their prejudices, sheit i blame the prosecution for fucking up an open & shut case

  22. Casket Face Says:

    thats to subjective and scattergun of a goal… in my opinion to be feasible.


    So was the enslavement and emasculation of the African people …them crackers did it though, even up to Truman and Chruchill till NOW.

    That’s that lazy shit cuz, our LIFE on the line.

  23. Casket Face Says:

    Niggas seen Office Space …this nigga came to work and sandals and told his boss you don’t pay me enough to give a fuck.

    Shit is cult classic comedy…let “D’Andre at MCDONALD say that in real life, he’d be out of job and in violation of parole”.

    ….this shit gonna stop.

  24. Cypher Says:

    That’s that lazy shit cuz, our LIFE on the line.

    i’m commenting from a realistic point of view, people need to have a clear concise goal.

    To be effective, if not what you end up with is a lot of infighting and wasted effort.

    Also with something as politically charged as what you’re proposing having a clear goal is key to having a clear message.

  25. Dwayne Gretsky Says:


    U can’t have a clear goal and care for niggas..

  26. Casket Face Says:

    The institution of racism and chattel slavery was clear and concise …seemingly impossible? They proved it not to be.

    Manifest Destiny? Same things.

    Niggas basically walked on nigga’s block and said “we need this daddy, you ready to war out for it?..what?”

    *stood Cam True Mag face with their arms crossed across the waist confidently grippin’ the hammer*

  27. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    This aint the first time this shit happened

    Sean bell

    Amadou diallo i kno its mispelled but whatever

    Bottom line is maybe its cuz im older but i aint been this angry in a while

    Shit is fucked up

    What productive can a nigga do with this anger

  28. Harlem World Says:

    Casket Face Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Manifest Destiny for people of color ….

    Banned Members:

    Al Sharpton


    im sorry but i LOLD

    fuck em both tho

    bunch of we shall overcome a$$ niccas

    wake me up when niccas is grabbin m16’s and ar’s

  29. Harlem World Says:

    office space tho >>>>

    classic, one of my favorites

  30. Harlem World Says:

    Gob Bluth Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Tragedy happens & the first thing we do is blame ourselves

    victim mentality, battered wife syndrome , willy lynch all rolled in one

    i guess im like that parent

    that knows how bad shit is for our people

    that i spend my life savings to send my kid to some prep school 100’s of miles away

    for their own sake

    even tho i dont really wanna do it

    but i have to

  31. F YOU PAY ME! Says:


    Black people

    Neef a “weathermen” type organization

    Violence is underrated

  32. King James Says:

    rachael jeantel

    she said “we call white people crackers all the time”

    “dis how all black people tawk”

    i know shes only young and obviously lost a friend of hers

    but damn, my head dropped in defeat after that

    i was like “yup, zimmermans gonna walk”


    Yeah she really fucked up with that bullshit

  33. Harlem World Says:

    i just feel like having a black president

    gives the dominant majority the perfect cover

    to say “hey racism is dead, its not our fault any more so deal with it”

    and black people wont do anything

    because of it

    say im wrong

  34. King James Says:

    People are such sheep these days that’s the number one problem…Facebook is a joke right now

    People need to self-educate themselves

    Every comment is on-point in this post

    If only everyone was like us

  35. ayo Says:

    Blacks think its all about them. The issue aint evn about you and your race. The issue is a black teen got killed by a white.Yall gain an emotional attachment to a kid yall never met and everybody goes crazy. Niggas die everyday and people get away with it all the time. Get over it

  36. ayo Says:

    Im sucking the hugest dick right now.fuck all yall

  37. ayo Says:

    Yo nate dogg stop fuckin around and be a man
    Cut that fuckin check. Tell your boy teddy to cut the fuckin check.
    tell elliot to cut the fuckin check. Tell pussy ass drake to cut the check
    i heard he the one with that wells fargo hookup

    Say it aint so

  38. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    Won’t be the same today

  39. ***biggumskiller*** Says:


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