Everyone knows how great it feels to watch an artist you’ve long-known finally get the recognition they deserve–I remember when it happened with Classixx. In 2007, I somehow stumbled upon their first single, Cold Act Ill, and despite the fact that at the time they were almost unknown, I couldn’t help but feel humbled. They had that superstar effect; even though every single person I mentioned them to could only mutter, “who?” in response, I knew that they would have their day. Now, maybe I’ve got a little of the hometown hero thing going on, (one of the Classixx guys went to the same high school as me), but mostly, it’s simply that watching someone achieve something that they so clearly deserve feels really great.
Today, I’m happy to say that it’s happened again. Except this time it’s twice as cool, as the admired is among my closest of friends. DJ GOJ!RA, along with his partner in crime Valentino, make up the duo known as Market Price, and their latest release entitled Mark The Throne is among the most brilliantly executed introductions to Los Angeles I’ve ever known. There is arguably no better way to summarize what happens at night in this city than to simply listen to this release. It’s (perhaps obviously) built off of Watch the Throne, the joint venture between Kanye West and Jay-Z, and throughout its length it manages to cram in everything from dubstep to house to 07 electro to Los Angeles’s best: Moombahton. Best of all, it does so without ever being trite.
All intelligent criticism aside, though–hands down, my favorite thing about this album is how much this track reminds me of Royal Rumble. It’s either a brilliant homage or a lucky strike, but to be honest, at this point, I hardly care. God I miss those guys.
Like that one? Here’s the whole album!
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