Hoodwinked- [Injury Reserve]

For years, Injury Reserve has been making waves by their own rules within the Rap community. They take a step back and look at what most people might consider to be the boundaries of Rap, then they proceed to completely shatter those borders that typical fans place on the genre.  This is most likely the main reason why they’ve gained recognition and risen through the ranks of the industry, gaining looks from some of the biggest forces within the business. They’re clearly not going to conform to whatever cookie cutter borders people place on Rap, and that has led to one of the most unusual yet appealing sounds in all of music. If you don’t believe me, just take a listen to their 2019 self-titled debut album and it’ll all make sense. Moving forward with their sound, their most recent offering comes in the form of yet another off the wall song called “Hoodwinked”. The beat consists of a saxophone loop that comes off almost as if it’s shrieking at you, paired with speaker busting 808s. In fact, nothing about this production is characteristic of typical Rap music other than possibly the percussion, which still sounds unlike the rest of …

Wild – [Tony Velour]

From boundary-pushing sonics to mysterious, intriguing aesthetics, Tony Velour is on his way to inevitable stardom. Few and far in between are the artists that I get this excited about, but considering the risks that Velour is willing to take as well as his unbelievable resume of work to date — most recently appearing on the new Injury Reserve album with “New Hawaii” — I simply have to acknowledge the potential at hand here. Today, Velour is back and ready to take the spotlight with a brand new offering, “Wild.” Produced by none other than Dylan Brady, whom Velour has worked with several times in the past, the best way to describe this offering is “futuristic.” The song itself possesses a powerful, industrial sound, and without getting washed away by the sheer force of the instrumental, Velour complements this energy with a supply of mesmerizing deliveries to match. Furthermore, and best of all, if you ask me, “Wild” leaves any and all rules in the dust, pushing the ball forward without losing even a hint of meaning or impact along the way. That said, while the song is certainly incredible, we can’t not mention the accompanying visuals. Capturing a vivid picture …

The Era of Arizona: Welcome to the Best Time to be an Arizona Music Fan

By: Jacob Blieu What’s the best thing about no one expecting anything from you? You can do whatever the hell you want. This is the mentality surrounding the Arizona music scene – not something most people picture when conjuring images of the Grand Canyon State. However, amidst the desert sands and thorny arms of aging saguaros, is a bubble that’s been growing steadily for years; when it pops there will be a world of music released from those least expected. When looking out over the Arizona scene following the increasing successes of its inhabitants, such as the experimental Hip-Hop group Injury Reserve and Pop sensation Kailee Morgue, resident spitter Jawyop feels, “…we’re really onto something out here, like it’s not really talk anymore – artists are starting to show. However, this is a game of building bridges and paving lanes and the reality of it is, the bridge takes time to be built but SOMEBODY has to see the other side first…” And just like Wop, people everywhere are starting to see the other side of this new land of musical pioneers. Known mainly for our involvement in the Punk world, Hip-Hop music was initially pushed to the edges of …

Injury Reserve – [Injury Reserve]

We’ve been hearing “Injury Reserve Coming Soon” for months now, and the day that we can finally listen to their self-titled album in full is here. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece highlighting everything the group has done so far including the singles in support of this album, what makes the group so great, and how committed they are to their craft. I’m happy to say that the group delivered with their latest release, as expected. The production on this project is layered, diverse, and pulls from a variety of genres. Elements of noise are heard on the hard-hitting second half of “What a Year It’s Been”, there’s some early 2000’s sounding production on the quirky “Gravy n’ Biscuits”, and “Best Spot In The House” features some glitchy and atmospheric production. “GTFU”, track three, is a journey in and of itself. It opens with a hard-hitting and raw, stripped-down beat, along with intense verses from Cakes Da Killa and Ritchie along with additional vocals from JPEGMAFIA that add a sense of chaos to the track. Before long though, the song transitions into this mystical soundscape backdropping a couple of brutally honest verses from Groggs and Ritchie. “Rap Song Tutorial” …

Injury Reserve: Commitment to Quality

Ahead of their self-titled major label debut album, we look at what makes Injury Reserve great, and why they should be admired by not just up and coming artists, but all artists. In an era where 20+ song albums laden with filler have become an unfortunate commonality, artists who truly care about pushing the hip-hop genre forward and taking risks are hard to come by, and often end up lurking in the shadows. Armed with their original ideas and captivating creative arcs, these artists not only make for longevity, but impact, just as well. Injury Reserve is a hip-hop outfit hailing from Arizona that has been consistently dropping boundary-pushing and inventive rap music for a few years now. The group consists of two emcees, Ritchie with a T, and Stepa J. Groggs, along with the glue of the group, producer Parker Corey. There is a clear sense of care and attentiveness to detail when it comes to the entire package of Injury Reserve. Not only is the music polished and amusing, but so are the visuals (directed by Parker Corey) and the live shows. On an adjacent note, the group’s live performance, in particular, had me, along with the rest …

Koruna & Lime – [Injury Reserve ]

It feels weird to call Injury Reserve’s forthcoming, self-titled album their “debut” because the trio has been releasing quality music since 2015. Maybe those weren’t technically albums, but with some awesome cuts, they sure felt like albums. Either way, what’s important is that the Arizona trio has announced the release date of said album, (May 17th) and dropped off “Koruna & Lime” to kick off the festivities. With Stepa and Ritchie spitting some in your face bars, unafraid to discuss their journey in the industry and an instrumental that incorporates scratches from A-Track, the track feels like a big step up in terms of direction, cohesion, and sharpness. However, they manage to keep that same unpolished, flippant energy that has made them so much fun to follow to this point. For the visuals–handled by the trio’s producer, Parker Corey — it’s only right for a group that sounds so different to use a soundstage in a different way, too.  They strip down the set and create ceaseless, hall-of-mirrors-esque trip loaded with jump cuts and wild effects to ensure that you never feel at ease or comfortable; a fitting testament to the songs off-kilter and unapologetic nature. Excited for this one? Head …

Jailbreak the Tesla – [Injury Reserve] ft. [Aminé]

When it comes to pure energy, few groups are on the same level as Phoenix trio, Injury Reserve. Relentlessly charismatic and constantly offering up some of rap’s finest boundary-smashing production, this three-man all-star team is making some serious noise right now, and their latest release, “Jailbreak the Tesla,” is ready to take things one step further. Packaged with a feature from none other than Aminé, this offering takes the braggadocious connotation of a Tesla and flips it on its head, kicking through the metaphorical walls and offering up one of the hardest songs I’ve heard all year so far. That said, “Jailbreak the Tesla” might just go 0 to 60 faster than an actual Tesla, and the imagery of, quite literally, jailbreaking a Tesla only adds to the unstoppable force that makes this song so unforgettable. Injury Reserve’s latest is yet another reminder why Phoenix’s own are taking over right now, so don’t sleep. Check the new visuals for “Jailbreak the Tesla” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Watch Rico Nasty’s brand new interview with Nardwuar

At our Lyrical Lemonade show at SXSW this past week in Austin, Texas there was multiple great performances, but Rico Nasty’s set really blew me away. It was my first time seeing her live and even though I thoroughly enjoyed her music before I witnessed the set, it made me even more of a fan & it made me appreciate her art on another level. While she was out in Texas Rico Nasty connected with the greatest interviewer of all time, Nardwuar, and of course it was an awesome conversation. You will find these two speaking about plenty of things such as Joan Jett, freestyling at age five, her childhood friends, being inspired by her art teacher, seeing nasty stuff at the hospital she worked at, her fashion sense, rocking mohawks, the DMV, Old Bay seasoning, The Smiths, Injury Reserve, how important avatars are and more. Check out this brand new interview below!

Jawbreaker – [Injury Reserve] ft. [Rico Nasty] [Pro Teens]

In a fashion world where brand names cloud the meaning of the words “fashion sense”, it’s refreshing to watch the internet begin to poke fun at hypebeast culture, just as Injury Reserve is here to do today with their latest release, “Jawbreaker”. Commenting on the growing emphasis of price tags over style, the Arizona based rap group takes a hilarious stance toward internet fashion and the trend-following culture that we see on social media these days. Atop hypnotic production and an energetic rhythm, Injury Reserve, Rico Nasty, and Pro Teens take to the runway and share their opinions, scattering a number of gems in their verses and monologues that you can’t help but click replay on. Needless to say, “Jawbreaker” has me more than excited for a new project from Arizona’s own, and I feel confident saying that if you check this one out, you’ll share the same excitement. Watch “Jawbreaker” at the link provided and enjoy one of the best videos to come out of hip-hop in recent memory!

Campfire – [Amine] & [Injury Reserve]

Amine is no stranger to our lemon filled pages, and today he is making his way back with his brand new music video for “Campfire”. After the first watch through of this one, I quickly realized that this was the feature that I never knew that I needed, until it was laid out in front of me with the perfect visual to compliment it. I have been a fan of both Amine and Injury Reserve for quite some time now, and I believe I speak for all of their fans when I say that I hope to see them collab more in the future. Take a few minutes of your time to peep this dope new music video below and be sure to let me know what you think about it in the comments section!