Great music comes from the most unlikely places. A killer example is Arizona underground rap trio Injury Reserve. Next level producer Corey Parker and versatile rappers J Stepa, and Ritchie With a T have been releasing punchy, spastic boom-bap rap that has been turning heads all over the country. And with good reason. Their latest album Floss is a slap to the face, packed to the brim with aggressive, self aware bars over banging, chopped-to-hell instrumentals sure to make you jump out of your seat. And now, they’ve dropped the first single from their next project, Drive It Like It’s Stolen, complete with a sick video.
“North Pole” is distinctly slower than their other music, though it’s a testament to the trio’s versatility. While Injury Reserve generally has some fairly introspective and deep lyrics, they really doubled down on it for “North Pole”. It sounds more like a deep cut off of Live From the Dentist Office than anything else. The beat is barebones, some chopped vocals and guitar riffs, but it creates a truly beautiful ambiance for Stepa and Ritchie to spit over. The video finds the trio in a faux snowstorm, reflecting on coming up, being lost, and lost loved ones. At its heart, “North Pole” is about feeling cold in the warmest of places. Peep the video below: