Although they’ve been at it for more than a minute, the Inland Empire’s, Audio Push prove they’re still hungry as ever and focused on perfecting their craft more than anything, with their debut album, ‘90951.’ And I must say, it was well worth the wait.
I’ve been following their career since the jerk movement (remember that?) and am loving the way they’ve matured as artists, as well as human beings. ‘90951’ has a more fine tuned message, as well as a more socially conscious and mature sound.
Keeping up with the project’s title, ‘90951‘ captures life in the I.E. (Inland Empire), from the violence to the hope of making it out some day. It also includes references you won’t catch unless you’re from the area, like eating at Baker’s. As well as, features from Musiq Soulchild, BJ The Chicago Kid and Hit-Boy.
From childhood struggles of living in a less than ideal situation to disillusionment with industry politics (ex. getting no radio play due to not fitting into today’s trap music theme), Audio Push bares it all and comes across as highly relatable and down to Earth.
If you didn’t know, I used to live in the Inland Empire for a minute (around 2006) and it was the most boring experience of my life. I swear all I did was eat out and hit up Wal-Mart. Not to mention, all of the blatant racism I encountered. I can only imagine the trouble I’d get in if I was younger at the time…
So, I feel Audio Push on their struggles. Not only as living in the I.E., but as being black in America, where the odds are stacked against you. I also love how love runs as a common, uniting theme throughout the project. With all the negativity black people deal with on a daily basis, from social media trolls to police brutality, it’s refreshing to hear something positive and uplifting.
Its also dope, how the lyrical content is enough to chew on, but not so much that it completely goes over your head. Overall, ‘90951’ is one of those few albums that is cohesive as a whole and is definitely something I’ll be riding out to over these upcoming months. And I highly suggest you do the same.
So, catch the stream above and be sure to support true artistry by clicking that buy button below. 🙌🏾
Fav Line: “Fake dreads don’t make you woke…”
Standout Tracks: Ghetto Fabulous Filtered Water, Spread Love, Black Man, Hypocrite