In September 2010, Prince George’s County native Substantial and Seattle producer Marcus D. released their Bop Alloy project, a greasy hip-hop album more suited for adult contemporary radio than urban airwaves. Sure, piano chords, string arrangements, and horn solos aren’t foreign to rap, but the abundance of such instruments made songs like “Chillaxation” and “Still Think Different” more subdued than most.
The same goes for Bop Alloy’s new recording, The R&R: Remixes and Revisions, which repurposes the group’s 2010 songs with different R&B grooves, resulting in a project that’s a little more upbeat than the original, but still deeply nocturnal.
For instance, “Lead The Followers (Part 2),” with its faint horn and piano parts, is a full-blown posse cut featuring MCs yU, Kokayi, Gods’Illa and Wordsmith. (The vocals seem a little low, though). The remixed “Chillaxation” features more percussion and a decent flute solo.
The R&R is for sale. Go here to buy it, or listen below.