When Russell Simmons signs someone, the collective attention of the music industry pays attention. Tayyib Ali recently wrote his name on the dotted line with Simmons’ new label, All Def Digital, which is a partnership between Simmons and Dreamworks subsidiary AwesomenessTV. With so much hype surrounding Ali and Simmons, it's with our pleasure that we bring to you his work on the new label.
“Til I Die”, opens with a movie sample from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, before rolling into Shaolin style, old school Philadelphia smoothness. Ali rolls over the beat with cash stacking, momma said this, ash on the curb, double-your-money-up, slang style. If Hunter S. Thompson was a young rapper from Philadelphia, he'd be Tayyib Ali.
Maintaining Philly roots is one thing, but the instrumental pulls from New York and DMV sounds as well, so it’s not so homogenous to be a turn off for hardcore hip hop heads who tune their ears to specific regional sounds. Ali’s voice accents the simple acoustic guitar sample, and the airy pads bring a backpacker sort of sound behind it – a bit like Immortal Technique in feel, but less politics/murder/drug-running.
Till I die
- June 11, 2014