By Colin Dierckins
Summer is finally here, which means cookout season is in full effect. If I was going to invite one person to a summer bbq it would have to be Parisian beat master Onra. Not because the guy cooks a mean quinoa patty, but because the duke’s got a serious ear for early 90s hip hop. Everything about his newest full length LP, Fundamentals, screams summer cookout.
The respect for Onra’s beat making ability is evident in the list of guest MC’s that signed on to spit bars over his hip-hop drum patterns. Most notably, Chicago legends Do or Die make an appearance on the track Over and Over, which sounds like it could’ve easily been a number one song on Hot 97 back in the late 90s. Not to be outdone, Daz Dillinger lends his lyrical assault to We Ridin’, an ode to the 213 lifestyle.
Admittedly, some of the best tracks on the album are ones where Onra lets his beats do all the talking (Intro, Money). All in all though, a very impressive 3rd album for the Fools Gold Records signee.
Whether you are banging this with the volume up and the windows down, or you grab the aux cord at your next summer BBQ, this tape will not disappoint.
Listen to full-album, Fundamentals
Further Onra listening: High Hopes feat. Reggie B