The most intricately bright part about underground hip-hop progress is the authenticity. Commitment to the hustle, the experimentation, and pocket-shifting cannot be underestimated. It is admirable how a silent, slow hustle will lead to the imminent bubble-up. This artist severely taps into an uncarved lane for this newest album, Born Again.
The common theme for 2020 will be appreciation through tumultuation but true music connoisseurs understand this process has been cooking up much longer than just one year. FNN’s Syracuse crew recalls hearing waves of two RRR artists in 2014, just to put it in perspective.
“Not everything is a labor of love.”
“Mind travel many places feet couldn’t”
“From the city of the frozen sun”
The first song FNN heard from this collective was, “Cheesy Bread” as Starker and YL released a heralded collaboration titled, “Lo Ceasar.”
They continue to release gems in the form of different mixtapes, albums and EPs. Also, they have a seat at the NTS Radio table via the European platform, Mixcloud. You can catch their submitted mixes via NTS and The Lot Radio on the Mixcloud app.
YL focuses solely on specific themes and tropes in his discographies. On Born Again, he continues to dig deeper into those certain thematic pockets. Except this time around, the listener can truly discern a more contemplative and focused version of the artist.
In his element here, YL soulfully increased his cipher capabilities and usage of similes. And he didn’t increase in the sense that he used more similes. He stuck to the same formula in terms of amount. It is within the substance of the stanza that the listener can notice an increase in quality.
He simply rearranges placements and tests out pockets where words, phrases and lingo might interact more beneficially.
Zoomo continues to advance his production abilities as well. His samples distort voices and smoothly cut up pieces into one cohesive unit. The synchrony between skits, long pauses, interludes and soulful melodies blend terrifically with Zoomo Guy.