Problem Blows The Top Off Over A Thunderous 9th Wonder Production (Video)
While 9th Wonder may be best known for his productions in the 00s for artists like Little Brother, JAY-Z, Erykah Badu and Destiny’s Child, over the last few years, the North Carolina producer has been quietly and diligently releasing some of the best work of his illustrious career. In 2016, his tracks like “The Season” and “Without You” were standouts on Anderson .Paak’s stellar Malibu album. In April, Kendrick Lamar’s mind-blowing “Duckworth,” in which he detailed the true story of how Top Dawg plotted to rob and possibly kill Kendrick’s father in the 90s, was powered by 3 different 9th tracks. The veteran producer brought his distinct brand of Soul to G-Eazy in May. And, just last month, 9th assumed the bulk of the production duties on Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom, easily one of the best Rap albums of the year.
Part of what has made 9th’s latest run so compelling is the ease with which he works with artists of all different ages, geographies and styles, yet manages to remain true to both them and his own signature sound. That alchemy is on full display in Problem’s “Top Off.”
Problem has shown himself to rise to the occasion in the past, when given the opportunity to work with legendary producers. Last year, he and DJ Quik released an EP, later upgraded to an album, titled Rosecrans that sounded both current and timeless, at once. In the beginning of “Top Off,” he makes it clear he’s been waiting impatiently for this 9th Wonder production, and when he finally gets it, he puts it to good use. He and Airplane Jones flow effortlessly, sometimes line for line, on the bass heavy boom bap track.
The song is the latest release from Problem’s upcoming album, Selfish, due in stores and on streaming platforms on November 3.