It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Philly’s very own Ground Up, but they’ve sustained their momentum by dropping intermittent bangers like On Me back in October. Although this is a single, and there’s still no word on whether they’ve got a new project in the works, it’s a safe bet to say Tijuana is the start of a very successful year for the 17’s crew. Produced by none other than Bij Lincs, Tijuana displays his ability to make seemingly intricate instrumentals with a basic melody, intrinsic percussion, and a down-tempo bass line. After twelve mixtapes, it’s clear that no producer is a better match for Azar and Malakai’s vocals. Azar gets things rolling by painting a scene of him and his girl running away to Tijuana, a tropical Mexican city right on the border of California. AJ Hernz sings a catchy seemly hook, followed by Malakai’s reminiscing verse about better times with an ex, keeping the focus on getting away to paradise for awhile. Yet another jem from 1711, cop the free download or show some support via iTunes if you’ve got the cash to blow. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the rest of their free material on the site and catch them on tour with OCD: Moosh & Twist in a city near you.
It’s been WAY too long since I’ve shared some new Ground Up with y’all, but after the huge success of their first iTunes single Let’s Ride they’re back to dropping free material again. Bij Lincs is on the beat, as per usual; catchy flute, eerie strings, and distant drum workings make for an absolute fire instrumental for Azar and Malakai to spit over. There’s very few rap groups who have what it takes to make it to the next level, but Ground Up has been riding together for the last 12 mixtapes, and their skills have never been sharper. Crisp verses about their devotion, potential, and tribulations back their assertion to place your bet on 17’s. No matter what angle you look at this track from, it’s clear that Ground Up is gaining momentum, and I think it’s safe to say we can expect to hear more from them soon. Follow the crew on twitter, check out their soundcloud, and don’t sleep on these tenured and talented artists.
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Many of you might’ve checked out Ground Up’s dope new clothing line, but today their producer Bij Lincs released his first solo work. After years of making creative and catchy instrumentals, Bij tried his hand at some trap house production, and this shit goes off. The familiar ‘Look At Me Now’ sample and bouncy bass is matched with trippy visuals of bouncing asses, fan submitted smoke videos, and some intense hypnotizing sequence of Dumbo the Elephant. All in all Bij nailed this remix and arranged the track in a way that keeps you wanting more. I’ll let the track speak for itself, give Bij a listen and enjoy the free download via soundcloud.
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It’s finally here, brand new Mixtape from Ground Up. From the 1st track the to 15th, you’ll be feeling this group, no doubt. I’ve been a fan for a long time, and I know how much work these guys put into their music. Don’t take it for granted. Get yourself some high quality, completely original tunes. If you’ve been keeping up with their SuperNaturalSeries releases, you may have a few of these tracks, but there’s a lot more gems in here for you to appreciate. Enough said. Give it a listen.