Honestly, this is a supergroup 2011 Jeff would’ve killed for.
And I was WONDERING whatever happened to Girl Talk!
A pleasant surprise this week has been Full Court Press, the posse record from underrated rap icons Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, and produced by the former mashup deejay Girl Talk that’s been on steady burn me since the first play, and one I wasn’t expecting to be this dope!
It’s an album that feels like a throwback in the best way. Not only does the record’s sound and vibe tap into that mid-‘90s sunny Southern Cali energy (even though none of ’em from Cali), but also the star roster here is something else. The eternally blazed Wiz and DZA, the Southern royal K.R.I.T., and the mashup pioneer Girl Talk…all dudes who came to the fore in the late aughts and early 2010s, bringing whole new paradigms to hip-hop and popular music.
And sheeeeeiiittttt, they all played a role in my musical upbringing too! I’ve lost count how many times I’ve listened to Wiz’s Kush & OJ tape back in the fall of 2010. I reveled over K.R.I.T.’s extraordinary 2010-2012 album run. And Girl Talk answered my questions back in college about what happens when you throw artists like Biggie, SWV, Nirvana, and Ying Yang Twins in a blender and create something wild and original (…which reminds me I’ve got to talk about the brilliance of Night Ripper one of these days).
So yeah, it just so happens they’re all friends, and they came together to put out a collab I didn’t know I needed til now. And I’m thankful for it.
So anyway, let’s get into it! Tonight’s post is “Everyday,” the album closer, where the group and another early 2010s hip-hop legend Curren$y dream about what they want most out of life over a bubbly and triumphant beat. Not bad at all!