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Envelope Shark Bolt

Outside of Columbus, Ohio rapper Envelope is just an unknown freestyler, but when he’s spitting over producer Blueprint’s samples and kicks he comes correct with oodles of energy. Envelope’s dude-like lyrics and Blueprint’s funky beats coalesce on the MC’s second full-length album, Shark Bolt, where an unpretentious backyard-barbecue vibe entices you to peek through the fence. Envelope might want to be known more as a barstool prophet than a hip-hop artist (he credits his tours outside Ohio as "Blueprint charity”) but it’s that exact attitude that keeps Shark Bolt afloat.

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