Coolwater Set – Dubs Up (Feat. Problem and Whitney Phillips)

In this day and age I REALLY appreciate songs like this. Yes, because it’s a great song, but also because it makes me feel better about my early onset “get off my lawn” mentality about modern hiphop. When I’m questioning my fast developing grumpiness, a song like this reminds that it’s ok to dislike 95% of what passes as hiphop these days.

But that’s a tangent for another time, and it’s a Saturday so there aren’t too many annoyances stacked up yet. Right now it’s all about this lovely Coolwater Set slow-burner that reminds me of so many songs, moments and memories of my teen and college years. There’s something so special and unique about genuine funk-inspired west coast hiphop. To me, this song is what west coast hiphop has and always will sound like. From Egyptian Lover to Kendrick Lamar, the “Dubs Up” philosophy and style is the common thread between all of it.

“Under the bright city lights, nothin but dubs in the sky”

Building on the momentum of “The Coast,” “Dubs Up” proves that CW have an extremely diverse understanding of west coast music, LA culture and how to keep classic styles sounding relevant. They have a knack for connecting the dots between traditional hiphop vibes and the modern styles that will carry the genre into the future. And here, it all equals one helluva bouncy, feel-good song. Shit, maybe i’ll even let some of these new kids hang out on my lawn for a few more minutes.

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