In the spaces of music where new isn’t being created, where the past gets brought up more than the present, that’s where pure creation is born. In Houston, Texas, home to DJ Screw and The Geto Boys, not much has been happening in terms of new hip hop. Yes, Travis Scott is from Houston and yes, B L A C K I E will always lead the way in terms of how far hip hop can be taken. But aside from them, there hasn’t been much revolutionary coming from a city who has hip hop in its blood and spaces that have housed some of hip hop’s most impressive MC’s. When Jawwaad Taylor of the free jazz group The Young Mothers told us last year he he a new project that was lit, we figured we’d keep an eye out for it. What’s resulted is GROID, a new project with Taylor and Ichikara Valdez taking hip hop to bold new spaces, while still keeping their toes in the rap waters. Their debut two song drop Laws of Attraction should let you know, that you can’t count Houston’s hip hop scene out just yet.
The opening track, “P.O.C.V.” utilizes sound manipulation with Taylor’s hard spitting mic skills. The use of synths and heavy beats gives the song weight, though the way that the vocals are at the top of the mix offers a sound that isn’t light by any means. Taylor also plays trumpet on the track while occasionally dropping screamed vocals that bring out the darkness of the song through and through. The following track “Laws of Attraction” falls a little closer with traditional hip hop, but the electronica use here is extraordinary and isn’t really close to what you may be used to. Taylor’s rhymes come in hard with grime touches, giving depth to the song that should have you bumping your head to each and every note.
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