After I struck out with over half a dozen hip-hop records, I was starting to think I’d lost interest in the genre. For someone who listens to music almost every waking hour of their life, that’s a pretty good deal. Luckily for me, it turns out I was just listening to crap hip-hop. How did I figure that out? I listened to good hip-hop; Baby Elephant’s new record, Turn My Teeth Up! Actually, calling this good hi-hop might be a little misleading; it’s actually great funk-infused hip-hop.
If you look at the photo above, it’s pretty easy to see that Baby Elephant have got their priorities straight when it comes to influences. Best of all, a few of those influences make an appearance on Teeth, in the flesh. I won’t spoil it for you, but be prepared for some surprises.
[From Turn My Teeth Up, due September 11th, on Godforsaken Music]