One of the most radiant new talents to arise from Queens, New York, Pasto Flocco is at the forefront of this generation’s new wave of talented rap artists. Flocco began his solo music career in 2018 after trying his hand at basketball. Although one of the highest-ranked middle school basketball players, he shifted gears and focused his energy on music. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, Famous Dex, and Migos, he’s been on an unstoppable run since the release of his first solo song, “Ball Hard,” and his breakout hit “Man Down,” which surpassed 2 million streams while being independent.
Since then, the rapper/producer released a three-track project, 3 Musketeers in 2019, followed by a bevy of mixtapes via SoundCloud. In 2020, he shared his debut album Dreams 2 Reality, spawning his viral single “Shawn M!,” which amassed over 5 million streams across DSPs and nearly 1 million YouTube views. Now with his momentum at an all-time high, Pasto Flocco unveils the official music video for “R2” featuring Brooklyn Drill maestro 22Gz. The high-octane collaboration unites two of the most innovative young voices originating from New York.
“R2,” co-produced by Pasto and J6, showcases a different style from the rising phenom. Known for his melodic musings, Pasto levels up on the hard-hitting track with defiant bars aimed directly at his naysayers. “When I became successful the people I used to fu*k with started moving shady and didn’t wanna speak to me,” says Pasto on his unapologetic new anthem. “Their jealousy fueled me and this song is about me flexin’ on them. G.O.A.T. of New York type sh*t.”