Thanks to Bastard Jazz’s head-honcho DJ DRM for this inaugural 2007 Summer jam alert! You may already know about New York via Toronto producer Marco Polo, ampoule but for those not yet familiar — and fans of golden-era mid-90s hip-hop — do not miss out on the automatic BBQ bangers on his new LP for Rawkus, sickness Port Authority. There’s little not to love about “Nostalgia” from it’s shuffling neighborhood break, search to the perfectly placed samples and scratches, to the selection of Masta Ace to bring it all together verbally. Always a favorite, Masta Ace shows that while hip-hop has inarguably devolved from where it once was, those that experienced the view from that particularly storied window are yearning passionately for its return. Look, I’m suffering from a dearth of timeless contemporary hip-hop just like the next guy, but certainly someone as invested in the game as Masta Ace is hoping for a paradigm shift with even more urgency. Now that the weather is here, expect more hip-hop in posts to come from new releases from the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Kentaro, and more.
RIYL: Pete Rock, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bootcamp Click, Nicolay, Madlib
WATCH: See the fantastic video for “Nostalgia” here.