Washington D.C. born, Los Angeles-based producer Adam Snow returns with his latest single “42” featuring guest verses from Freddie Gibbs and rising New York City rapper Josh Alias. The new track drips with vintage chipmunk soul and furthers the producer’s momentum following “9 to 5”. The song will be part of his upcoming project AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT due out later this year.
“42” follows a similar format to “9 to 5” as Snow taps a veteran emcee and then introduces a rising musician on the second verse. He describes how the collaboration came together, telling HYPEBEAST, “I reached out to [Freddie's] manager Lambo and he was super cool about it. He actually sent me a super long verse so what you hear is a collage of the original version. I took all the best parts and turned it into this. He’s definitely at the forefront of modern gangster rap.” (For more, Gibbs joined HYPEBEAST to talk about his critically-acclaimed Alfredo project.) Here Gibbs continues his indomitable run, opening up his verse with homages to Lil Penny, icing his face out on a gold chain like Lil Boosie and more than a few statements on the state of the US: “Burnin’ ganja to relieve my psyche/ Used to burn crosses in our yard/ Now they burnin’ Nikes.”
As for Josh Alias’s contributions, Snow continued, “To me he’s like [ScHoolboy] Q mixed with Cole except he’s from New York. Shoutout to Josh Alias man. We got a tape on the way called A Place in the Sun.” Adam has been focusing on making the most of his coronavirus quarantines too. “It’s been a struggle just like it has for the whole world but I’m holding up. During the stay at home orders we were unable to hit the regular studio so I learned how to mix and master the new stuff myself.”
Part of what made “9 to 5” such a standout was the honesty and emotion that the song was made with. On the song’s intro Adam opens up with a quote about continuing to be creative despite the challenges of providing for yourself. “I think the saddest thing I see when I see young people that have already given in. I’m like, that’s the time you fight. That’s the time you should try and fail and try again. Then it’s like, you get old and you can at least be like, ‘well, at least I tried, it didn’t work out.’” That through-line continues on “42.”
“To that I say, have faith, don’t give up, and if it’s meant to be, it will be,” he revealed. Stream Adam Snow’s latest single below and stay tuned for more from the producer in the near future.
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