As I noted in a previous feature, 9th Wonder’s forthcoming solo debut, The Wonder Years, has the potential to make a huge dent in the hip-hop community. And tracks like “No Pretending” prove that point perfectly. It pairs up with the seemingly always-on Raekwon — well, he’s been on for these past few years — and 9th affiliate Big Remo. Together, they share a beat that knocks with bits of grime and soul flying off of it while also displaying that, yeah, Rae might be the bigger name but Remo still holds his own. And it’s these types of collaborations that will help shed light on the impressive roster 9th’s been running with on his Jamla Records imprint.
You can stream the track below. The Wonder Years drops Sept. 27.