Watchlist Wednesday: AB Money, Gumbo (comeback)

By Anton Constantinou - @Aberrantin

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Watchlist Wednesdays is a variation on the usual Think Ahead Tuesdays theme. It brings news of new hip hop tracks/ gigs/ films, as well as hot gossip

Don’t call it a comeback/I been here for years/Rockin my peers and puttin suckas in fear”. When  LL said in 91′ he meant it. Any doubt that might have been cast over his career back then, was quickly tossed aside as his fourth album, Mama Said Knock You Out stormed into number 2 on the US Top RnB albums list, only to go 2X platinum soon after.

Hip Hop is no stranger to comebacks of this sort. Every once in a while an old artist or group resurface with some new material – which either proves a massive flop or completely rejuvenates their career.

In 2005 Common regained mainstream success with BeWith his 2002 album, Electric Circus proving an experimental washout, the Chicago rapper was able to get his act back to together with the help of Kanye and Dilla – who co-produced what was to become one his best selling albums to date.

In Mase’s case, the rapper turned pastor should have stuck to religion. We all remember his debut album, Harlem World –  released a mere 7 months after the death of Notorious. It boasted classics like Feel So Good, Looking At Me and What You Want. And then came his next album, Double Up, which, aside from Get Ready, was nothing really to shout home about:

Quitting rap for church organs, the Bad Boy star then returned in 2004 with what can only be described as cheesy sellout rap. Welcome Back? I think not.

Right now, that comeback artist is AB Money. Recognise the name? How about the group, Rappin’ Is Fundamental, for which he was a member? Still not familiar? Truth is, AB is a platinum artist and producer whose collaborated with everyone from 2pac, to Wu Tang, to… wait for it… Miles Davis. Yes, him and fellow R.I.F members teamed up with Miles on kickass jazz rap joint, The Doo Bop Song– which interpolates the delicious Summer Madness by Kool and the Gang.

At this very moment time, AB is working on his latest lp, Gumbo, which will feature the Easy Mo Bee produced single, Too Young, feat The Big Bub Today. Sources indicate the album will drop on June 23rd, but other than that we don’t know very much about it.

If its anything like his R.I.F work,  then expect jazz samples, funky rapping and new jack swing rhythms. More to follow soon.

Follow the man himself on Twitter now. Alternatively, if you’re unfamiliar with R.I.F, you can give their music a listen to on Youtube.

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