Like so many other artists on Monday, 4/20 did not go unnoticed by Audio Push. The duo from Inland Empire, Calif. released a thematic 14-track project called The Good Vibe Tribe, complete with weed-strewn artwork. Artist features include Vince Staples, Casey Veggies, Isaiah Rashad and G-Eazy, among others. Audio Push members Oktane and Pricetag love connecting with their fans on social media and showed them all the love when they announced the mixtape’s release via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
The mixtape includes four previously released singles (“Reppin”, “Heavy”, “Reset”, “Normally”) along with 10 brand new tracks. The duo kicks off the project with “Refugeenius” and the line “good vibes to the sky,” playing on the title of the mixtape and their aspiration to always spread positive energy through their music. As an added bonus, random cyphers strategically placed as outros on some tracks add to a more intimate feel that only mixtapes can give off.
With features from artists like Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad, the West Coast duo compliments each featured artist with style and great Hit-Boy production. I know my fellow readers have heard OG Maco’s viral hit “U Guessed It.” Well, watch out! The rapper stops in on the Fugee’s “Fu-Gee-La” influenced track “Heavy” and leaves you thinking “OG Mac can rap? I hardly knew it!” The most stand-out track on the tape is “Mary Jane/SixtyOneImpala” where Okatane and Price refer to their one true love Mary Jane (if you catch their drift) in a R&B-styled first half that continues into a jazzy-funk feel at the halfway mark. My personal favorite off the project is Audio Push’s collaboration with rapper G-Eazy in the track titled “Bonfire.” The three artists switch off verses in a song that fans of slow jam J. Cole or Kendrick fans would drool over.
Overall, this project shows the duo’s diversity and ability to creatively weave in features from various West Coast rappers to create a melting pot of good vibes in an 14-track tape. With a mix of chill tracks with smooth bars to bangers with mastermind features, Audio Push shows the hip-hop game that they are only getting bigger and better.
By Rupal Mehta