From 1988 until 1994, hip-hop in the United States was blossoming into more than just a “sub-culture” of society. Critics who had once dubbed the music as “a passing fad” could no longer deny the attraction, fan base, or money that was being made in the hip-hop community. The art form was truly going through it’s “Golden Age“. However, with the added popularity and financial gains, industry giants decided to capitalize on the target demographic, and exploit the genre, thus spawning what we know today as “Rap”. Which isn’t to say that this over-commercialized, over saturated music isn’t all bad. It’s just being produced strictly to make money and not strictly for the love of the “game”. Lately though, high-profile artists like Nas, and KRS-One have been trying to take the music back from the bigger corporations and make it more homegrown and “real”. One of those groups bringing back the old reliable sound, is Dollabin. Dollabin is DJ Ian Head, and Verbal Math. Two old-skool heads who truly believe in what they do and create. So much so, that they named their group after their favorite recreation – digging into “one dollar or less” crates of records, at flea markets and record stores, and creating something amazing from things that some have deemed insignificant and worthless. On their first EP, the sound and beats are very akin to early ’90’s, (J-Dilla–esque) sonic landscapes, and the content and lyrics bring you back to an earlier era of cognitive suggestion and cadence. For their first effort, it’s a pleasure to hear actual stories told, and not the mimicking of some studio executive with his thesaurus out trying to rhyme “Bacardi” with something other than “party”. I commend them on the efforts, and hope for nothing for good things to come for the men of Dollabin.
Their entire EP, “One More Crate” is available for FREE through MySpace.com, and can be found by clicking the link in the image above, or by going to www.myspace.com/dollabin