Dynamic Duo

There's something to be said about modern Hip/Hop, a good portion of it is oversaturated with E.D.M.-infused beats and lyrics that are not only soft, but uninspired. When it comes to the duo of 3Bubble and J. Gray, their brand of Hip/Hop is straight from a vintage strain. Jazz elements, bass, drums, and beautiful piano form the foundation upon which the duo lay down their lyrics -- poetry in motion and legitimate flow.

There's a vintage late 80's/early 90's vibe on their latest record "Live From The Pentagon." Beautiful melodies and background instruments juxtapose with hard-hitting drums to bring their beats to life -- a breath of fresh air for anyone that considers themselves a fan of vintage Hip/Hop.

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3Bubble and J. Gray channel everything from Dr. Dre and Snoop to Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest. There are also throwback hooks and vocals sung in their choruses that harken back to the likes of Nate Dogg and Faith Evans.

In a lot of ways, it's a disservice to look at any one of the tracks on this album individually, due to the fact that the entire album is a full immersion experience that's best enjoyed as one single entity. As MC's, 3Bubble and J. Gray each have their own, unique, individual style -- either one of them could easily succeed as a solo artist. But, when the two join forces and put forth their two-pronged lyrical attack, it really adds another dimension to the overall musicality and listening experience that you can't always get from a single artist. Whether as a byproduct or intentionally done, the way that these two artist's trade off on the microphone, it's reminiscent of classic rap battles, with each artist showcasing their lyrical prowess.

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That said, instead of trying to outdo each other or get a leg up, both artists bring the best out of each other, working in tandem to elevate what would be considered a good track into something great.

Overall, "Live From The Pentagon" is a triumph all its own. It manages to capture the vintage Hip/Hop sound while also coming across as a breath of fresh air rather than a carbon copy. There is depth all across the board, from musicality and the beats themselves to the depth of lyrical content and delivery. Well worth the listen.

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