Hip Hop is a Black and Brown music from the few, with all the Black and Brown in their heart, created and made to be sincerely shared to anyone. It isn't supposed to be made for everyone. That's selling out. That means that not everyone can make it. But “now we got white kids calling themselves niggas” and pop electro synth with talk on it being hailed as “boom bap” as Jay-Z recently has. So when we see more white people there is either an extreme suspension of disbelief and we front hardcore or we love the unalike and the oppressor again and give them all time rank and play immediately. Both extremes don’t help a music that should be made and heard by anyone sincere with something to say uniquely and incredibly.
67 Mob’s sophomore effort, T.I.M.E. is produced by Domingo completely, and have another strong producer guiding them and with great feature MCs from KRS-One and Sean P to the new generation’s Joell Ortiz and Bronze Nazareth they have to work hard again. While they continue to brag and boast mostly there is more work on their ideas about making Hip Hop music and coming from embraced Hip Hop cultural elements (i.e. “Karma Will Come Back”). Often their voices are too high pitched and digital but where they only ranked just below average on flow and content on their debut, T.I.M.E. is filled with improved flows and increased cleverness considerably. There is real homework on their flows, double time pacing and keeping on break worked on here.
As an Original man of immediate Puerto Rican blood from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, my suspension of disbelief with their debut album, Raising the Bar (2009), was only halted by complete production from Bronze Nazareth and continued with Domingo working the boards. These brothers are Italians from Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, two of the most racist, despicable hoods in my youth. They are not hoods we Sunset niggas could easily spill into to break, rap and beat box. Yet with white hoes saying “nigga” and Eminem holding MC crowns from sellout media, 67 Mob are brothers worthy of a listen and maybe it begins cuz they “was raised in Bensonhurst and now rest in Gunset”(“Get Down and Grind”). Their rhymes care about the principles and art of Hip Hop and they can continue to honor their people absolutely as they have something to share about themselves and their people. If 67 Mob continue to align their LPs with 100% production from a great beatmaker, continue to take the craft seriously as they have and most importantly, share their true Italian Brooklyn experience honestly then that’s real Hip Hop, the artistic insights of the rarely heard. I look forward to it sincerely as well.