The BenchWarmers Clique

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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About The Author

By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!