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RondoNumbaNine Is Up Now In ‘Real N*gga 4 Life 2’ Mixtape



There are people out there that find the name Rondo and number nine synonymous with Boston Celtics player Rajon Rondo. But to fans of the Chicago Hip Hop scene, the real Rondo hails from the 600 block on South Side Chicago.

Rondo’s presence on the Chiraq underground rap scene has grown tremendously in the past year. Rondo had a considerable amount of buzz surrounding his project “Real N*gga 4 Life.”

His artistry was put to the test with the release of this project. Positive reviews confirm that Rondo passed with flying colors.

Some critics might’ve called Rondo’s success on the first tape a fluke. Rondo, who recently turned 17, answered his haters with the DJ Bandz-hosted mixtape “Real N*gga 4 Life 2.”

Rondo, barely an adult, carries himself as a veteran in the rap game. Rondo takes his rap skills and street wisdom and injects those talents onto harsh, gritty trap beats. The outcome is frightening tales of street life.

Rondo’s increased presence on the underground circuit has Rondo feeling “hot.” Rondo hooked up with OTF boss Lil Durk for a Nito Beats production. A Rondo and Lil Durk collab is never a bad thing.



Rondo and Lil Durk again collabed on fallen Chicago MC L’A Capone’s posthumous track “Brothers.”

Capone, born Leonard Anderson, recorded the song shortly before his demise. He was murdered upon leaving a recording studio on Sept. 26. He was 17.

The “Brothers” clearly showed out for this track.

Capone anchors the track, rapping, “I promise I won’t switch/You son of a b***h/At 16 had a dream, we was gonna get rich/We gone wake up, put the pipe on/Always been on my own/Gotta stay strong/I gotta be put in my zone/Feeling like I wanna go home, but I’m out here/I put that bug in her ear/I gotta see a mil one year.”

Rondo follows Capone, rapping, “We all some hitters, I’m in the glory lane just tryna get richer/I’m in that glory lane, loud in my system/Man, they took my bro L’A, I can’t even picture/they took a f****n savage, man bro was a (?)/Me and bro was going crazy, now s**t done got real.”

Durk finished the track, rapping, “I lost my brother, so I keep my heat/made me turn up when I see the opps tweet/L’A my bro, Rob, Odee, Lil Moe/All these h--- gon go/When I claim my gang, N----- never snatched my chain.”



Rondo and Lil Durk create undeniable heat. But Rondo and Cdai’s collaborative tracks are an event. I was first introduced to Rondo and Cdai’s collaborative work in the street classic “Get Some Gwap.” Rondo’s chemistry with Cdai is comparable to his work with Capone.

Rondo and Cdai were over turnt in “Bail Out,” a DJ L production.

Listeners know this track is going to be crazy when Cdai simply says his catchphrase, “What’s up bro?”

Cdai went to work, rapping, “Everyday I wake up, gotta get back to the guap, it’s just another f*****g day/In that gangway slanging rocks/No (?), no eights, I can’t take shorts/GDK, f**k a brick, slamming rakes, drop the forks/If you ain’t with the s**t, stay the f**k up on the porch/If yo a-- look like you with it, then f**k it, we gon show/Gotta keep that glock up on me, hell naw, can’t go.”

An animated Rondo hit this track, rapping, “We from Steve Drive/We catch a opp, then he die/On the guys, I can’t go/On the guys, I ain’t no h*e/Over my n****s, yeah they glowing/And all my n****s f*****g scoring and then we ride off in that foreign.”



Cdai again lends his talents in “All I Need” and “Go Crazy.”

In the latter track, Rondo raps, “Everyday I do my thang/I’m on my f*****g s**t/If I catch a opp lackin, I’ma lay him on my s**t/Me and Cdai 22 in the foreign switching lanes/Gon off that (?) and you know we got that lane/And you know we got that drank/What the f**k do you mean, b***h/We do our thing b***h, 6 double 0 the team b***h.”

Cdai spits gun talk in his verse, rapping, “I’m in my f*****g glow, Double G’s in my low/If this n****a try to try me, he get smoked, cocked the four back and let it blow/Now he dead and his body on the floor, now we go and we run up with a scope.”



RondoNumbaNine is forever 600 and never shy to rep his block. His track “Six 0” is an ode to his neighborhood. Illuminate Beats’ production is similar to Lil Jon’s “Rep Yo City.”

Rondo is in savage mode, rapping, “Tay Six Hunna gon kill this f****n goofy/I’m riding around with the thots, they f****n groupies/Why they all on my d**k/My n****s thirsty tryna hit a lick.”

Cdai creeps back in on this tape for “Levels.” Cdai’s presence on this tape suggests a joint collaborative mixtape with Rondo is needed. I’m crossing my fingers for that.

But back to this song.

Rondo’s popularity has grown in the past year. Rival rappers may think it’s easy to generate this buzz in a short amount of time, but Rondo lets competition know there are levels to success.



Lil Durk made his signature “52 Bars” series famous. Rondo tapped Dree The Drummer for his “55 Bars.”

Rondo’s freestyle was on point as he raps, “I can never wife her/Like Spenzo, one night her/It’s a party, invite her/Tell all the guys to pipe her/I was smoking dope (?)/Try me, I don’t trip bruh/Pop out that dipper/With a nine, let it rip bruh/I can not forget bruh/No Rondo don’t forget stuff/Talking s**t get your head bust.”

Rondo must’ve lived in the studio for the past few months as there were 24 recorded tracks on this tape. Rondo’s new catalog of music is enough to keep fans’ hunger for savage listening satisfied for the next couple months.

Rondo is slated to appear on Lil Durk’s forthcoming “OTF” album, so new music from the young savage is on its way.

Listeners can appreciate Rondo’s presence on Chicago’s growing Hip Hop scene.

Rondo is still young in the rap game. He still has years to grow and better his art. What I want to hear in future records from Rondo is his story. I want to learn more about Rondo and how the streets of Chicago bred him. I want to know how losing one of his best friends affected him. I want to learn the person behind RondoNumbaNine.

Rondo was up next in the first installment of “Real N*gga 4 Life.” The young Savage paid his dues and is “Up Now.”


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