BY JORDAN COMMANDEUR • FEBRUARY 11, 2019
The gap between Smif-n-Wessun’s last album and their upcoming LP, The All has been their most extended hiatus since they dropped The Rude Awakening in 1998 (as Cocoa Brovaz) and did not follow-up with Smif-n-Wessun: Reloaded until 2005. And while Heads never like to wait for new material from one of Hip-Hop’s most consistent duos, the break has clearly reinvigorated these Brooklyn, New York rude bwoys. In the Summer of 2018, 9th Wonder announced that he and his Soul Council (Nottz, Khrysis, Ka$h Don’t Make Beats, Eric G., E. Jones, and others) were handling production duties on the next album from Tek and General Steele.
Then, last September, they came back with a one, two punch by dropping the lead single “Let It Go” from The All just days before an NPR “Tiny Desk” performance, that impressed fans. A video for “Let It Go” arrived in December and a second single and video titled “Testify” released last month.
While Boot Camp Clik diehards patiently wait until February 22, the pair formerly known as the Cocoa Brovaz have one more single to keep Heads satiated. Premiering at Ambrosia For Heads, the song is titled “Ocean Drive” and features Roc Nation/Jamla lyricist Rapsody and soulful crooner Musiq Soulchild. The cut is an ode to “ride or die” partners…to real ones. Tek and General Steele praise their significant other’s strength and give credit to these better halves for being a big part of their success.