It’s more heartening than surprising that rap’s new duo The Jealous Guys are catching ears and grabbing attention as successfully as they have been this past eight months. Heartening because two elementary school friends from San Francisco have done everything right in delivering memorable, lovingly-prepared, quality-controlled music to anyone who’ll listen. And totally predictable because you get the distinct feeling that everyone who does listen is instantly a fan. Maybe it’s the magnetic chemistry the pair imbue every track with, or the fact that the contrast in flows – Ayinde’s gruff, gritty, Ghostface-like freedom playing so well off of Casa’s cool, tight rigidity – combines with their always beautifully woven lyrics to create the feeling that The Jealous Guys have a classic album coming in the not too distant future.
And on their debut full-length project, the unsurprisingly excellent ‘The Love Mixtape’, which is love-themed in about as unclichéd or laboured manner as you could imagine, features production from none other than the Based God’s most epic soundscaper Clams Casino (on the vicious ‘Brain Wash By London’), Ayinde himself (on the Killah Priest textured ‘Writers’), and a gentleman by the name of 82Fresh, who is now firmly on our radar due in no small part to his perfectly judged, Block Beattaz-esque flipping of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (‘Insomniac Rhapsody’ – brand new video below).
However you want to chop it up what’s clear is that these guys have it and are it.
You know what to do.