Now that temperatures are starting to heat up and spring has finally sprung, it’s time to fire up the barbeque and crank up your favorite slow jam.
The South Korean hip-hop act’s latest single “The Dream Is Not Different,” released Tuesday as part of a six-song EP , would be the perfect complement to ’90s hip-hop block party standards like the 1991 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince hit “Summertime” or Ice Cube’s classic single “It Was A Good Day” from 1992.
And like those other two songs, “The Dream Is Not Different,” would surely sound best with a burger in one hand and the cold beverage of your choice in the other.
With a sound recalling 1970s West Coast funk, 1980s Golden Age hip-hop and 1990s Brit pop, DAB19’s latest single is a pleasant mashup of sounds that don’t necessarily go so great together.
The rapping on “The Dream Is Not Different” is a back-to-basics run-through of several eras of rhyming.
But what are most impressive are the shades of classic early hip-hop that are often under-referenced in an art form with an infamously short memory.
Beyond the literal meaning of any of the bravado-infused lyrics of “The Dream Is Not Different,” DAB19’s single demonstrates that the simple rhyming techniques used by early innovators like Run DMC or Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five still pack a punch.
And while there is plenty here that is fresh, new and original, the way that “The Dream Is Not Different” channels so much great dance music simultaneously could be the most revolutionary thing about this single.
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