West Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota has a local hit on his hands right now with 'Bird Flu.' The catchy, menacing, and brutally honest track has a hook that begins with a sneeze sound ("Achoo!") and goes, "I think I got the bird flu/ I'm tired of selling packs I think I need a bird or two/ We selling scramble, coke, and smack/ Keep them junkies coming back." The beat is a steely piece of springy minimalism. Impressively, Scoota avoids the dope-dealing platitudes, passing along a vision of how dealing drugs operates that is boldly unsentimental: "Let the fiend taste the coke, he said he couldn't feel his jaw/ I called the plug and told him 'Thumbs up, good job.'" You've heard 'Bird Flu' coming from cars and apartment windows for months and as of late, it seems to be the city's chosen ringtone as well. 92Q has finally taken to playing 'Bird Flu,' cramming it into mix shows and, of course, censoring the hook, adding an absurd amount of silence into the track. Over the past week or so, though, it has also become a sort of unofficial Orioles pride anthem. This is in part how 92Q DJs, who are always looking for ways to make their corporate-controlled playlists more interesting and community-serving, have justified playing the song.