Hip-hop, like any genre, changes and evolves, but one thing you could always count on (at least until the early part of the last decade) was the notion of the hip-hop group. When you look at MTV's rankings of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time, you'd have a hard time finding any group -- hell, one group -- today that could even stand amongst the list's honorable mentions with a straight face.
Perhaps we are in the era of individuality. And that's okay. Maybe this era of hip-hop artists didn't grow up learning how to share their toys in the sandbox, but if there's a valuable lesson we could all be reminded of by looking at MTV's list, it's that some of hip-hop's greatest works were put out by...groups.
There was something incredibly enticing about the contrast of lyrical delivery and sound of say, UGK -- Bun B's deep vocals next to Pimp C's high-pitched country twang. And there was something very comforting about knowing that you could count on that consistency of those two teaming up on every record.
So it was refreshing to hear that two of Houston's most talented underground artists, Preemo and Tawn P, were teaming up to form a hip-hop group called All Day. They have both had their share of success in the scene.
Preemo's Concrete Dreams and The Magic Bullet were No. 2 and No. 10 on Rocks Off's lists of Houston's best rap albums in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Rocks Off's Shea Serrano once described her as "jagged and aggressive and smoldering," which is true. Match that up with Preemo's silky-smooth, high-as-a-kite lyrical delivery and you have some pretty incredible chemistry.
Rocks Off got a sneak-peak listen to "I Just Wanna Piece" off All Day's upcoming album, which is about 30 percent done. If that's any indication of what's to come, then the Houston rap scene is going to have a lot to talk about with the pairing of these two artists.
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History has proven to repeat itself. Let's hope All Day.