“West Coast Love” by Henny Holyfield: Fresh Love from the West Coast
West Coast hip-hop has always had a bit of a special place in my mind. From the golden flows of Doctor Dre to Snoop Dogg on Doggystyle, and so many more golden albums that came out of the 1990s, the sound of West Coast hip hop shaped itself into something we all treasure to this day. “West Coast Love” by Henny Holyfield propels forward the point and the panache behind West Coast hip hop. Keep reading for my thoughts!
This track is filled with power, with syncopation typical of the genre, and innovative production techniques brought on by producer SYK Beats that make a tangible difference to the finished result. The first four bars of every hip-hop track have been believed to lay the groundwork and the foundation for the rest of the track going forward.
In this case, the production develops enough interest in the listener from the very beginning to keep them hooked for the rest of the song. As the vocals take over the tight razor-sharp rhyming schemes keep the listener engrossed and their head bobbing to the metronome as they suddenly find themselves almost in the middle of a good, old-fashioned rap battle, like used to happen in Compton in the early 1990s.
West Coast Love features Skurge and TQ as artists, and the team brings together a great amalgamation of energy technicalities and overall punch and flavour to the way that leaves it a great lesson, and frankly, an earworm that is sure to present you with ear candy for many listens to come. Check out the track here: