New York's YL has shared a new visual for his evocative track "SLOWPOKE RODRIGUEZ", a cut off his stellar new album IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND. The rapper and his fast-rising RRR collective have been making some notable waves in underground hip-hop of late, and their recent impact accurately reflects their strong work ethic and enticing music.
The instrumental for "SLOWPOKE RODRIGUEZ", produced by DRIVEBY, is raw and powerful, centred around rugged, industrial-tinged samples that ring out over top of textured drums. Beneath, a memorable bass groove rumbles with fearless intensity, providing a solid foundation for YL's effortlessly candid rhymes. His flows on this release are smooth and his vocals carry a weightless charisma that reflect authenticity.
Moreover, the visual for "SLOWPOKE RODRIGUEZ", shot by Derek Balarezo, is suitably nocturnal, matching the song's sparseness. It features YL giving performing his track in a variety of New York City locations after nightfall, effectively conveying the dark mood of the track. All in all, the video is minimalistic and yet captures the mood and atmosphere of the song perfectly.
"SLOWPOKE RODRIGUEZ" marks another strong offering from YL, who has had a remarkable year of releases so far. All in all, this cut off his recent album IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND is smoky and laid-back, providing a superb soundtrack to the city at night. Hopefully more is soon to come from this rising artist, who has made some interesting strides in underground hip-hop in 2021.