Karriem Riggins first came to my attention for his work with The Roots, so it’s fitting that J Rocc scratches in a hook composed of cuts from “Adrenaline.” Scott Storch may have made that beat before his first cocaine nose job, but it still bruises like every song that Beanie Mac recorded during the Roc La Familia era (except maybe “You, Me, Him & Her, but we’ll blame that on Amil).
Last year, Riggins dropped Alone Together, one of the more underrated records of 2012. It’s all-instrumental and takes a while to sink into your synapses, but it’s one of the better jazz-rap mergers in recent memory. For the “Matador Posse Cut,” he enlists every rapper on the Stones Throw roster to remind me of the time when posse cuts weren’t a matter of texting the biggest names in your iPhone. Guilty Simpson obviously plays the Beanie Sigel role and Krondon acts as Dice Raw. The winners of the Royal Rumble are Jonwayne and Homeboy Sandman — the latter of whom has been casting himself as the heir to Black Thought for a while now. Wayne operates in his own atmosphere entirely, aiming to control the lane that Edan abdicated when he decided to go off in permanent pursuit of colors. This is just rapping to rap well and it feels both filthy and cleansing.
MP3 below the jump.