1520 Sedgwick Avenue: January 29th, 2008 Tuesday, January 29, 2008Posted by Andy Hutchins in 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Rockabye.
Maybe my favorite hip-hop track. Period.
The hip is after the hop.
For my money, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” has one of the best instrumentals ever put together, the sinuous, golden horn lines matched with a spare drum machine loop that changes maybe once or twice over the course of a verse.
But the music is just the lushest of settings for the brilliant narrative, given here by CL Smooth, the rapping half of the duo, which projects its thinly sketched characters out of the stereo as a full-fledged world.
It consisently wins acclaim from magazines for its distilled essence of hip-hop; this is the perfect beat for these words, and these are the perfect words for this beat. It flows, and that’s the idea.
In today’s times of less high-minded, more dance-heavy and punch line-driven rap, “T.R.O.Y.” is the old-school jam that would be a bit out of reach of the common people. And that’s a shame.