Fiend (International Jones) “Tennis Shoes & Tuxedos”

Tennis Shoes & Tuxedos

Waaaaay back in 1995 Fiend was on Master P’s No Limit label with the likes of Mystikal. Back then hip hop had very different sound, especially on that label: simplistic, synth-based and aggressive. Reappearing now as International Jones, you’d hardly even know Fiend is the same guy. All the tracks are laid back, with meticulous production (yes, that IS Marvin Gaye) and a very mellow roll. The blog Space Age Hustle refers to this sound as “cloud rap” saying “the more we thought about it, the more we felt that there was enough steam behind this growing movement towards blunted, ethereal, otherworldly beats and lyrics.” Listen or get the download right here.

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