MUSIC: RJD2 x STS - "Hold On, Here It Go"

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RJD2 and STS

Esteemed producer RJD2 and rapper STS, also known as Sugar Tongue Slim, released their self-titled album STS x RJD2 and their single "Hold On, Here It Go" recently.

RJD2, the man behind the theme song for Mad Men, Ghostwriter and several other tracks on TV and film, partnered up with fellow Philadelphia artist STS for his ninth album. STS, who has had his hands on Ciara's "Oh," The Roots' How I Got Over LP, and songs from Jill Scott, Jazzy Jeff and more, lends his poetic and pure lyrics to this shapeshifting song. This track holds its own originality while also blending in the style and sounds that are associated with the Wu-Tang Clan or The Roots. It's a sound that will strike a chord within you.

"Rarely do I cut a track and get the goosebumps, slam dunk type feeling RIGHT away, but it happened on this one. The chorus was fly, with the horns and the drums in the pocket (shout out to Bohemian Dub Orchestra for putting it over the top!), so there was almost no way to take the energy higher. The only way to go for the verses was to take it all the way down-no rhythm section at all. To give it some momentum, the chord changes keep shifting up octaves every 8/16 bars or so. Definitely one of my proudest moments ever making rap music. This was one of the first songs that we cut where I stood back was like, WOW, this cat Jordan can sing his ASS off!" RJ said.

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