Throughout the last couple decades of hip-hop, the opening bars of Hank Crawford’s Wildflower have been synonymous with introspective personal narrative: Johnny “J” flipped the record to back 2Pac‘s quasi-autobiographical Shawty Wanna Be a Thug, and Kanye used it as the canvas for his coming-of-age-story on Drive Slow. Today, K. Sparks carries on tradition with new promo single 88 Chevy. Hoodgrown Productions mans the mixing boards, offering a low-key yet driving take on the pensive sax-keyboard groove as Spizzy reflects on lessons learned during his time in the game to date: “I used to tell myself at 21 that I’d be famous / But sh*t done changed, I’m fighting time; so motherf**k the fame it’s an independent grind.” Eric Biddiness follows the Booth fave’s opener with a reedy, self-assured middle verse, and frequent Sparks collaborator JAYVINE closes the record with some poignant reflections on loss (including the untimely death of his own mother). 88 Chevy isn’t attached to any forthcoming project, but those feeling this understated banger can stay tuned for further fresh tunes from all involved.
Written by richard on 05/7/12
Submit your Rating
First DJ Booth Appearance:
"All That Jazz" (2008)
You Might Like...
Commentsblog comments powered by Disqus
- Fast Food Music: How Our Hunger for More is Killing Hip-Hop
- Rihanna & Kanye’s “FourFiveSeconds” is a Blue Collar Anthem
- What If Drake Didn’t Sign To Young Money?
- Digging Up Your Favorite Rapper’s Hidden Internet Gems
- The Liberation of Lupe Fiasco on “Tetsuo & Youth”
- No Money, No Family: Iggy Azalea’s Insane Coming to America Story
- A Very Serious Lyrical Analysis of Lil Wayne’s “Sorry 4 The Wait 2”
- 2014 Best of the Booth Award Winners (The Complete List)
- Who Was the Worst Rapper of 2014?
- Your Favorite Indie Rapper is Secretly Signed to a Major Label
Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.