Prior to good kid, m.a.a.d city, Oxymoron and the general mainstream popularity of Top Dawg Entertainment, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul formed hip hop’s most promising super groups. While the idea of a Black Hippy album has decimated, there are still the rare occasions when all four members are on the same song. For this week’s TBT, we revisit one of Black Hippy’s most notable moments as a group on “Zip That, Chop That.
The most interesting part of Black Hippy is that all four members have varying styles that work well together. On “Zip That, Chop That,” each member flexes their lyrical abilities. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy and Ab-Soul swap verses back and forth. Each member strength is highlighted on this song in it’s rawest form. This song came before Interscope and major labels had anything to do with them.
While we may never get a Black Hippy project in the future, there are still the few gems they’ve left behind before they became the TDEwe know today.
Paul and Masson half drunk, stuck in a poem
Light matches underwater while I’m bracing the storm
I’m cool & I’m calm, laid back, smokin’ a farm
Sockin’ the shit out of n*ggas til I’m breaking my arm