the boom bap project return flight

It’s been more than a minute, in fact, it’s been fourteen long years since we heard from Karim, Destro Destructo and DJ Tre, but this trio ARE the Boom Bap Project and are back after a long hiatus to drop some dope new hip hop on us. The struggles are well documented in a variety of forms throughout the album too which makes this a unique and honest offering and a quality hip hop release for 2021.

Before we get right into the album review and analysis, we need to welcome a guest reviewer! Yes, Raw Side Hip Hop tap into the hip hop community on the regular, and this time we’ve got Ryan Rollheiser from the Hip Hop Lifers Family (arguably THE dopest hip hop group on Facebook) who is a hip hop head from WAAAAY back, dropping his thoughts on this album. So let’s get to know Ryan a little more….

Ryan Rollheiser (also Cue 88 from the legendary Good Times Crew) has been a serious hip hop head since the late 80’s. He spent most of his late 80’s and 90s in Victoria and East Van with some of Western Canadian Pioneers – Jules Uno, Moka Only, Prevail, Dj Tee Double, Rennie Dub Nut Foster, Bird Apres, Dj Sichuan, Kyprios (Badae) just to name a few.

But let’s get into the review.

Brutus Maximus (Raw Side Hip Hop): I stumbled on this release to be fair in one of my weekly searches for dope new hip hop, especially boom bap. I recalled the Boom Bap Project, but I thought they were long gone… so this was a nice surprise.

Ryan Rollheiser (Hip Hop Lifers): Yeah, I had never heard of the Boom Bap Project when I decided to jump on this chance to check out this new EP. I’m surprised that a group (only a few miles south of me) as good as this, released its 4th album completely under my radar!

BM: It’s only seven tracks, but every one of them is quality! It starts a little slow, just easing into it… still bangs, but it really gathers momentum as you listen. The production is really dusty and gritty which I love, and there is some seriosu soul oozing throughout.

RR: Truth is this,woke my ass up! This 7 song banger from Karim,Destro and Dj Tre from Seattle is just what I needed to find. Production from Vitamin D and Trox keeps your head nodding throughout this whole project. Every song is a tight package of beat and emcee that any hip hop fan will truly appreciate.

BM: Yeah I loved the introspective storytelling vibe of ‘Been So Long‘ as a bit of a context for the group, but it’s when joints like ‘Deion Sanders‘ or ‘Hagler vs Hearns‘ that really up the ante and get nasty!

RR: Originally I was not overly impressed with Karim and Destro and then track 3 ‘Deion Sanders‘ came on and the duo spit flames! With lines like “more getting hands up and less getting handcuffed / create a template to help build your brand up” these cats prove they are top tier emcees.

BM: For sure! Achilles was another really dope joint that I vibed with. And it was good that after such a long hiatus there is only the one feature (and it’s dope!) but the rest is ALL Karim & Destro which is what we are all here for.

RR: That guest appearance by Wordsworth was a nice treat, but this duos well thought out incredibly skilled mic prowess is more than satisfying.

BM: So, final thought? For me it’s a no brainer. Seven tracks, all dope and you can just press play and let it run. A top quality boom bap album. Hoping we don’t have to wait too long until we hear something else from them. It was a nice return.

RR: This is a no skip album for which means BUMP THIS, you will be glad you did..peace!

So there you have it. Don’t just take our word for it, go and check out the Boom Bap Project – Return Flight album right now. And if you’re down for all that REAL hip hop, then keep following Raw Side Hip Hop on all social channels and the website right here, and join HIP HOP LIFERS for some of the best hip hop discussion going around. PEACE!

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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!