It would appear that Chicago hip-hop stalwart No I.D. has been up to more than only producing most of Big Sean’s Finally Famous: The Album and Common’s The Dreamer, The Believer. The producer has also started up a new collective of musicians, singers, and rappers who all call themselves Cocaine 80s. Well, there is actually only one rapper in the group, Common, and here appears on just one of the seven tracks on their EP, The Pursuit. Otherwise, the focus here remains on the musicianship and soulful/R&B-leaning vocals of Steve Wyreman, Rob Kinelski, Kevin Randolph, James Fauntleroy, Makeba, and others. It makes for a project that’s just as much a surprise as it is a great summer record.
You can download the EP for free at the Cocaine 80s page.