Friday, March 31, 2017

Cocoa Brovaz "The Rude Awakening" (Album Review)

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When a cease and desist letter hits your mailbox from the gun company, Smith & Wesson, you stop calling yourself Smif-N-Wessun. It'd be hard not to understand folding against that legal pressure, but we were definitely confused about the name change to Cocoa Brovaz for a minute. Today marks the 19th anniversary of their 2nd album, 'The Rude Awakening' on Duck Down/Priority. Tek and Steele (and Da Beatminerz) won us over with their debut 'Dah Shinin,' and continued with records like 'Bucktown USA,' 'Dry Snitch,' 'Black Trump,' 'Memorial' and 'Back 2 Life' on 'The Rude Awakening.' The project did have its misses (mostly on production), which hurt the replay value of the project, but I am certainly still a big fan of Tek & Steele to this day. Salute to Da Beatminerz (Mr. Walt & Evil Dee) and the whole Duck Down family, who continue to support the culture and especially the sound of New York City. Give 'Bucktown USA' a listen & read the favorable album review in Vibe below.

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