March 24, 2012

Son Raw is now listening to Klezmermuzik.

It makes sense that Swizz and Rocky would work together. For one thing, it’s almost certain that an impressionable Rakim Meyers would have had his mind blown by Ruff Ryders anthem back in the day but furthermore, both are native New Yorkers who’ve rejected tradition for innovation. I absolutely adore Bronson’s Blue Chips but the great thing about today’s New York rap scene is that there’s room for gritty lo-fi Boom-bap AND its exact opposite: at it’s best rap expands in a million different directions, mutating into new forms. On Street Knock, Araabmuzik continues to complement his trance-sampling instrumental work with a string-heavy slice of syncopated digitalism that’s as indebted to Swizz’s keyboard heroics as the soundtracks to his city’s heist films. Rhyme-wise, Rocky steals the show (of course) but as two New Yorkers with their ears to the south, he and Swizz show surprising chemistry and the song is worth checking for more than the kid’s 16. High-tempo digital NY Boom-Bap with southern flows and shout outs to local streets and high schools on the bridge: typecast that.

Download:
MP3: Swizz Beats ft A$AP Rocky – Street Knock

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