From the very beginning, “Uh Oh” sounds like the soundtrack to a horror film. Not the cheesy, faux-scary feel that usually draws a comparison like that, but the kind of atmosphere that makes Dracula’s castle or Camp Crystal Lake leap to mind. The stomping drums, fluttering synth and chanted chorus exude a sense of menace, and the gothic organ stabs bring the crashing lightning and pouring rain to complete the scene.
And, as is only fitting, Talib Kweli and Jean Grae are lyrical monsters on the track. The first lady of Blacksmith Records says they’re “eternally superlative,” and despite the impossibility of this statement, it sounds on the mark when describing the honed skill that the two flash here. If they were actually monsters, Talib and Jean would definitely be kin to the intelligent Dracula, rather than Jason Voorhees.
Gutter Rainbows drops this upcoming Tuesday, January 25th. Listen to the full project in advance here.
Talib Kweli Feat. Jean Grae – “Uh Oh” (Prod. by Oh No)
Below, watch as Kweli heats up the ecosystem with his new video for “Cold Rain.” In a post-apocalyptic universe where food and hope for Hip-Hop are equally scarce, a lone warrior makes the nomadic trek to give mankind a newfound interest in dope beats and rhymes. Sorry Eli, Kweli is the bearer of the Good Book.