—Last year Promethus Brown and Bambu gave us "Prometheus Brown & Bambu Walk Into a Bar." They’ve recently delivered a visual to "Lookin Up", a record that represents the former canon of quality rap music.
Prometheus Brown, one half of the rap tandem Blue Scholars, and Bambu, one third of the rap trio Native Guns, found a level playing field that couldn’t be exemplified more than on "Lookin’ Up." Speaking on their younger days living on the west coast, stirred with a beat rooted in the essentials of boom-bap, Brown and Bambu provide evidence that the fundamentals of hip hop culture and rap music are nowhere near the grave.
With instrumentals produced entirely by Rich Kidd, the Naturally Born Strangers mixtape is a gritty, sonically forward thinking mixtape highlighting cut throat rhymes by Tona, Adam Bomb and Rich Kidd himself.
Considering the situation overseas, perhaps including the word typhoon was not the wisest choice. Other than that, the uplifting orchestra that caresses your ears from this new TxE track is enough to be an inspirational soundtrack to the said tragedy.
A graphic designer turned writer and compulsive rider of bikes, James Greig documents cycle culture in his native London and beyond at CycleLove and blogs about designers-turned-entrepeneur on his own site.
There's two ways you can look at hip-hop. It's either getting old or it's grown up. I prefer the latter. And though the subject matter has been harped on before, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar somehow bring a fresh perspective to it with "Nosetalgia."