Between Jay Rock & Ice Cube, King Harris II Has Serious Westside Connections (Audio)

From Snoop Dogg to Daz Dillinger, Ice Cube to Del The Funky Homosapien, Hip-Hop has some crafty cousins that prove that dope rhymes can be part of a family tree. The latest example, as it were, comes from Jay Rock and cousin King Harris II.

The artist formerly known as “Magnum P.I.,” who has appeared on singles by E-40 and chart-trending albums by Tech N9ne is stepping forth with his Nightmare On Wolff Street debut album. Featuring Game and production by Oh No (Gangrene), this forthcoming LP bridges a love of ’80s and ’90s Hip-Hop with street situations of today.

Perhaps starting with the intro says something. This project is said to be stylized after great West Coast Hip-Hop albums by the likes of Snoop, Game, and Cube. Maybe it is why the Oxnard (by way of Long Beach, California) MC riffed on Cube’s “Bird In The Hand” (and corresponding B.B. King sample) to talk about his own navigation through the Cali streets. Like Jay, Harris’ delivery is hard, with a flow that shifts throughout the song—and subject matter that oozes lived-in authenticity.

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