Torae‘s been around the hip-hop industry for a long time now. It’s safe to say he’s one of the few contemporary New York rappers who, sonically, isn’t influenced too much by rap of other cultures- the boom bap that’s resident to east coast hip-hop, mainly New York, is alive with a steady pulse in Torae’s work.
Pete Rock, another New York native, and prominent figure in the 90s as a part of Pete Rock & CL Smooth, also sticks close to the east coast roots, but goes even further in his instrumentation to throw down welcome mats at other African-American genres. Jazz played a heavy part in forming hip-hop, and Pete Rock is clearly heavily drawn by it, having elements of it incorporated in plenty of his instrumentals. It’s no surprise that the production on “Get Down,” one of Torae’s tracks off Entitled, has that old school flair to it, along with a little taste of jazz.
A remix was recently released, available to stream above, featuring Freeway of State Property, and Styles P of The LOX. The track takes a time warp and brings back an old school sound many don’t incorporate in their music today. Torae raps:
“Stay true to the sound, adjectives and nouns/
Tell ‘em I get down, repped for the underground”
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