If you're a hip-hop head a lot of you are familiar with the phrase "like we bringin' '88 back". To the previous generation this was an ode to a time when the game was at a peak and a way to pay homage to the era that was. Step into the current wave of artists who remember a different time when the rhymes were grimy, extravagant and ignorant. We refer to this as simply '96. New York native Major captures the feel perfectly on his brand new single of the same name, embodying what it was to be a part of arguably the biggest year hip-hop has ever given us. Backed by a Scarface-esque beat produced by LostDreamer, the now Florida transplant puts in bar work reminiscent of his idols that will leave you questioning just exactly what year it is. This will live on his upcoming project "The Century" which is slated for release in 2015.
Spitta Tommy Swisher presents "Drunk In Atlanta" featuring production by Laid back producer E.Wonder from Cleveland. These two together are a problem. “Drunk In Atlanta” got people talking. The track is laid back much like E.Wonder, and the jazz feel takes it to the next level. Tommy Swisher catches a flow on the track. Then merks it.
New dope track from the boy Chris Morris titled "Friends" produced by Nabeyin. Traditional to his style, Nabeyin laces the track with the laid-back feel that Chris trounces over with his powerful words. The heart of the track comes 11 seconds in however when Chris says "don't leave me, don't leave me, don't leave me" which is instantly recognizable to anyone who has ever been in an important relationship. As I listened to the track, flashbacks of past relationships clouded my mind. In today's hip-hop world of flossing, drug carrying, gun flashing and expensive clothes, hearing a hip-hop track like this is rare.