The blessing (and curse, for any would-be politicians reading this) of the Internet is its role as boundless history book, an open, unceasing record of culture both indelible and ultimately irrelevant. Because there’s so much information out there, it’s often difficult to parse and harder still to understand the connections between times and places that might not be linked by Wikipedia pages.
If you’ve listened to the music of ASAP Rocky and his mob, you’ve heard sing-song flows and sinister dust-caked beats aplenty. To a younger generation, ASAP may have come along and introduced brand new sounds unlike anything on the market, but the fingerprints of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and early Three 6 Mafia are all over this resurrected style. No surprise—Rocky and his team have actively acknowledged their stylistic heroes.
This post is dedicated to the growing legion of ASAP Mob and Raider Klan fans who may not know that Juicy J was still trippy in 1994 or that you could meet Bone Thugs N Harmony somewhere other than the crossroads.
Enjoy a few tracks that every listener who’s got “Keep It G” on their iPod should know.
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