Release Date: May 17, 2019
Record label: Senaca Village
Genre(s): Rap, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap
Wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off, wait Mid-album interlude 'Rap Song Tutorial' has, I think, two major functions. It operates, on the one hand, as a flex: between the drones of a text-to-speech bot, dictating a number (7) of instructions (pursuant to the song's title), a beat, hook and verse are assembled -- a song in a matter of minutes, and an impressive one at that. It is, on the other hand, a reduction of the trio's sound -- not least of which their self-titled, debut album -- a means of self-effacement, and a chance to poke fun at its self-seriousness.
Injury Reserve has been around for a while, but for some odd reason, only now are people taking notice. In 2016, the Arizona trio comprised of Stepa J. Groggs, Ritchie With a T and producer Parker Corey released their second, boisterous mixtape Floss, a project that began planting seeds, hinting at how great this trio could be. With their 2017 EP Drive It Like It's Stolen, their potential was all but realized, setting the stage for their explosive debut album to come.
Since they first emerged from the relatively sleepy streets of Arizona four years ago, Injury Reserve have been at the cutting edge of hip hop. The trio, made up of rappers Ritchie With a T and Stepa J. Groggs and producer Parker Cory (who also directs the group's music videos) have been staking a claim to the role of hip hop's next great innovators since their first mixtape Live from the Dentist Office.