Two notorious West Coast hustlers rekindle a regional sound proving they’re cut from a different cloth.
One thing about California artists: they’re going to constantly remind you that pimpin’ ain’t easy. The lavish lifestyle of lust and luxury once dominated the West Coast music scene, especially in the Bay Area. However, as we departed from the carelessly problematic 90’s, artists began to leave behind the silky seats and colorful personalities, in hopes to develop a sharper street edge. The funk and soul fusion in hip-hop would be untouched as we ushered into the 2000’s, and the once-dominant style of music wouldn’t see a resurgence until a decade later.
Enter, Jay Worthy and Larry June: two laid-back hustlers hailing from opposite ends of California with the same knack for rapping and bag chasing. Their similarities in style and personality lead to multiple collaborations spawning between the two, leaving listeners constantly begging for more. Years later with a Griselda contract inked, Worthy and June would finally deliver their highly anticipated joint effort: 2 P’z In A Pod. And no better curator to help set up the canvas than Buffalo’s very own, Westside Gunn. With the all-star team on deck, nothing short of greatness is expected.
2 P’z In A Pod is a perfect example of how well both ends of the West Coast blend together musically, despite their length apart.
What attracts listeners to the enchanting worlds of Jay Worthy and Larry June is their laid-back, minimalistic approach to each track. In the case of both artists, less is more as rhymes may be compact, but the animated deliveries of the pair steal the show. June and Worthy wield an unmatched confidence that makes anything they say sound like gospel. Their flamboyant presence on each track displays traces of previous swashbuckling artists like Too Short & Suga Free (who makes an appearance on the album’s intro).
While not all the way lyrical, this dynamic duo has the ability to make everything they say sound fly as fuck. Whether they’re flaunting financial success on the CeeLo-assisted “Big Greens” or plotting their next big business moves on the luxurious “Hotel Bel-Air”, June and Worthy do a great job of documenting both sides of the game. It’s easy for someone to assume they’re glorifying the street lifestyle, but both artists represent more than a rigorous lifestyle: it’s the ambition to transcend past the destructive way of living while remaining true to your roots.
June and Worthy already work as an amazing pair together, but it’s the relaxed production style of LNDN Drugs that glues the final piece to the puzzle. Composed by Jay Worthy & Sean House, LNDN Drugs is the production duo that lays the template for this project’s authentic feel. The heavy use of soul and funk samples cuts deep into the Bay’s roots and allows the vintage aura to blossom. “Maybe The Next Time” brings forth the bass-knocking rigorousness present in all Bay Area music while “Leave It Up To Me” radiates the signature carefree nature of the region. While both artists play a big role in giving this project its character, it’s the production that brings out the personality of the record.
2 P’z In A Pod finds Larry June and Jay Worthy resurrecting a type of West Coast flair that once dominated the streets of Cali from the Bay to L.A. The swaggering mannerisms embedded in the DNA of both artists really shows the cloth they’re cut from; one that’s rare in this day and age. And while this helps propel their success all throughout the West Coast, a sense of uncertainty lies in the fact that the two speak a lingo that may not resonate the same in other areas as it does in California. However, their ties to the East Coast and South through multiple features on this project (and others) reveal that hustling is a universal language, and people will understand if they’re really ’bout it.
2 P’z In A Pod is the long-awaited reemergence of the dashing pimped-out wave that California has been lacking for the past decade. Representing for both ends of the Golden State, Larry June and Jay Worthy successfully mesh the defining characteristics of their hometowns’ musical scenes to craft what will easily be considered a regional classic.
8.5 / 10
Best tracks: “Maybe The Next Time”, “Hotel Bel-Air”, “She’s Not Around”, “Leave It Up To Me”, “Big Funds”