Madlib and Oh No caused backpackers worldwide to celebrate last week when they released their collaborative project The Professionals. The project is a lyrical masterpiece with classic instrumentals that are reminiscent of the golden age of hip-hop. A standout cut off the album is “Buggin.” The vintage-sounding single features an instrumental that finds strength in a 70s sounding sample. The vibe is old school, but the flows are modern, bridging the gap nicely.
The sample sounds like the intro to a buddy cop television series. Madlib and Oh No make quick work of the instrumental. “Buggin” would sound perfect at a Summertime cookout or during a late-night drive through the city. Cinematic and lyrically potent, “Buggin” elevates the importance of slick-talking street raps. For those whole love that 90s sounding hip-hop, “Buggin” is for you.
Don’t know you got time, I need you here for a moment
That’s the omen
It’s like getting thrown into opponents
Or getting stoned
When they used to roll with atonement
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Author: Karlton Jahmal