There is no denying the 90’s were an instrumental era in hip hop becoming as big as it has. It brought its own sound, vibe and changed the culture in a big way. So, when you reference the 90’s in relation to hip hop, you better get ready for some sturdy comparison, debate and discussion! Luckily, when I pressed play and just let this latest joint from The BenchWarmers Clique ride – I was properly pleased with the result. Dope bars, dusty drums and a really good feeling throughout the entire project.
‘Reminisce (90’s Shit)‘ is a no-nonsense, take it back to the essence of emcees showcasing their lyrical ability, getting the listener to nod their head and some neck snapping production. There is a nice blend of street poetry, brash bars and some clever, well thought out wordplay on the microphone, and the beat choice has been really well selected. This is almost like a 90’s tribute project as The BenchWarmers Clique deliver their modern day hip hop, with that golder-era influence to keep the album sounding modern, authentic and true to the artform.
Even the structure of the album is a throwback of sorts. We get 14 tracks which sits in a pleasant spot for the listener, and could be considered the sweet spot between some of the 90’s joints that could hit up to 18+ tracks, and the modern projects that are less than 20 minutes long! This pushes 40 minutes and there isn’t a wasted verse, beat or minute on the joint. Whether it’s screwing your face up at some of the bar work, or nodding your head rhythmically to the soul/funk/street infused boom bap beats – it’s a dope listening experience.
Hit play and just let this one ride, but there were also a couple of standout tracks like ‘Too Thoro‘ which is crisp, boom bap brilliance, ‘When My New Shits Drops‘ which has a really dope energy and flow or ‘Judgement Night‘ which transports you back to the street corners when you were bumping Onyx / Nas and others. This album has been in rotation for a minute and is a really strong offering with a sound that isn’t unique, but is certainly made with purpose and passion.
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