Photo by Oscar Rodriguez
Rap rock gets a bad rep... usually for a good reason. But those of us that were around in the early 90's remember how exciting hearing Public Enemy team with Anthrax, and then the Judgment Night soundtrack blew all of our minds. That's where '92 come in. The Long Beach, CA hardcore band's new single, "Above the Law," meld hardcore with hip hop in a way that I've never heard before. Vocalist Jabril Ward attacks his vocals. He's rapping, but in a gritty way that fits the music behind him. While a hybrid of rap and rock has long seemed like a novelty, '92 make it sound like this is how it's always supposed to have sounded. "Above the Law" is a thrilling new single that sounds both familiar and fresh.
'92 says of their upcoming EP:
"We can’t even express how excited we are for this EP to finally be shown to the world. We’ve been working on these songs for years - since pre-pandemic - and at the time, it felt like they would never see the light of day. However, after seeing the way the world has drastically changed since 2020, it’s no wonder why the songs needed to wait to come out. All the fuel was there, but the last few years provided the spark needed to set this ablaze. Welcome to ‘92.”
You can watch the video for "Above the Law" below. '92's self-titled debut EP is due out February 23 on Rude Records, and is available for pre-order here. For more on '92, check out the band on Instagram and Facebook.