Producer Vanderslice is gearing up to drop his forthcoming project The Best Album Money Can Buy this winter and to gear up, he just released the first single off of the project featuring a posthumous verse from Prodigy on “Hardbody Karate” along with Conway and Mobb Deep affiliate, Big Twin.
“Hardbody Karate” is a street cut of of Vanderslice’s upcoming project with up-and-comer Conway and Big Twin on it. It’s filled with slick street talk bravado, sly threats and vivid imagery. It has an authentic 90’s underground hip hop sound to it and with Prodigy kicking the song off, it emphasizes everything that we miss about him. Conway and Big Twin later come through with menacing bars that match the tone that P set for the two to follow up. The production has a flangy guitar sample sitting on top of a funky bass line. Meanwhile, the percussion is driven by its dusty and grungy sound. It’s a solid posse cut that not only highlights Vanderslice’s production but also, the lack of classic street hip hop that at one point was driving hip hop forward. While Big Twin was a close affiliate to Mobb Deep, Conway’s one of the few artists of recent times that carry the energy and vibe of 90’s street rap. He sounds great alongside Prodigy and Big Twin.