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1520 Sedgwick Avenue: January 29th, 2008 Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Posted 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.



1. badfish - Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Not a fan of too much “old school” hip-hop, but you are right about the instrumental…really nice.

Glad to see some new content on the site, and hip-hop contributor to boot.

2. SA - Wednesday, January 30, 2008

God damn I miss old school hip-hop. Really do. I’ve actually never heard this song before but listening to it just now makes me sad at how far rap has gone down. Everything nowadays is pure crap and I don’t listen to it anymore.

You’ve introduced me to a new song RYLAI/Rockabye. Thanks.

3. Rockabye - Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Keep coming back; I’ll keep bringing the heat.

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