Dublin city meets Chicago in this collaborative project two years in the making as producer MathMan teams up with the legendary brothers Hypnotic for ‘Hyp Hop’ – a golden era inspired collection of raw boom bap.
Having first collaborated on the Animators 2013 hit ‘Those Were the Days’ – a creative energy was sparked between MathMan and the HBE which inspired this unique collaborative project.
‘Hyp Hop’ allows us to see an exciting new side to the HBE – one unheard on previous solo projects. Leaving the musical landscape in the very capable hands of MathMan, the HBE put the brass to one side momentarily to exhibit their love of hip hop and their natural flare and talent for lyricism with raw, authentic flows and wordplay.
On ‘Hyp Hop’, MathMan’s vivid production style inspires the canvas on which the HBE paint. Thematically HBE’s social consciousness is clear on tracks such as ‘M.O.M’ and ‘True to Life’. Elsewhere, MathMan’s laid back production on ‘Gain It All’ and ‘Baji’s Interlude’ evokes tones of positivity and self affirmation. Darker themes are explored on ‘Milwaukee’ and ‘Streets’ whilst the true essence of hip hop is brought to life on lead single ‘Where I’m From’ (featuring DMC champion Dj Tuki) with raw lyricism and authentic boom bap production.
To complete the package, MathMan flips the collaborative process and re-works one of HBE’s own productions in ‘Navigator’. Here he turns their 2014 hit from the album ‘Fly’ into a colossal end of night orchestration.
Sonically and thematically ‘Hyp Hop’ is a well rounded project that’s conscious and introspective with a quintessential hip hop sound.
Produced by MathMan Mixed by MathMan Mastered by Damian Chennells Artwork & Sleeve design by Dan Leo © Weapon of Choice 2016 ‘Hyp Hop’ is available as a digital download from all online retailers and as a limited edition cassette tape from August 1st 2016.