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Happens A Lot

by Bronx Slang

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Bronx Slang coming up with hip-hop gold ‘Happens A Lot’ – and it’s no accident. Still dwellin’ in the Rotten Apple where shit is a hassle, Beeks & Miggs reminisce and react to how hip-hop’s pecking order works (“started from the bottom, straight to the top, back down to the bottom, it sure Happens A Lot”). The duo hold down the stoop as the band plays on, the understated sound of a romantic, sepia-toned vision of mob rule, all pinstripes and spats framed by simples strums and horn stabs, with a hook wrapped in luxurious old timer strings.

Add ‘Happens A Lot’ to the previous firebrands ‘Just Say No’ and ‘Copy That’ (the latter recommended by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and playlisted by DJ Tony Touch on the infamous Toca Tuesdays NYC Show via Eminem’s Shade 45 station on SiriusXM), and Bronx Slang’s sophomore album, arriving later in 2021 and produced by UK connection Fake Blood and Jadell, is looking ever more likely to become the antidote to the year’s ills.

The ‘Bronx Slang’ LP of 2019, championed by DJ Premier and described as one of the highlights of the hip-hop calendar by DJ Magazine, caught straight-no-chaser funk all up in the drama of who can draw first. Collecting bars, hooks, scenarios and framing stars with no filter, the same formula fired last year’s ‘Bronx Kill’ mixtape, going hard for 19 tantalising minutes and with selections aired by BBC 6 Music’s Huey Morgan.

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released May 14, 2021

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Bronx Slang Bronx, New York

As Bronx Slang, Jerry Beeks and Ollie Miggs yield not to evil as the calls for golden age purism grow louder.

They offer a solid gold guarantee of being able to “pickpocket your playlist, shoplift your pop hits / and show you how gritty hip-hop can get”.

“If hip-hop is dead, then it’s a brand new start” – welcome to a resurgence straight out the Boogie Down Bronx.
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