Kur is like Meek Mill on steroids. The Philadelphia rapper’s new mixtape How It Never Was, might position him as Meek’s protege. He raps faster (“Energy,” Never Before), better (“Up”) and has more diverse subject matter (“Doggie Dog,” “Project Nights”). Kur can paint a picture of life in the “trenches” of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods or do lyrical acrobatics and amazing speeds. I do wish he rapped less about girls and clothes and more about getting his mother out of the hood. How It Never Was will probably propel Kur into the ears of many listeners nation-wide, thanks to help from Meek Mill and company. But, will anything be better than “When I Lost It”? That song is easily my pick for best rap song of 2015.

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