Rewind: InI

I have been reminiscing about my college years lately, namely the music that provided the soundtrack to my life back then. In those days, I was an unapologetic backpacker, tramping around the sidewalks, attempting to escape to the world within the music. After a downloading binge on mid-90's hip hop including Smif-N-Wessun's classic Dah Shinin', Group Home's Livin' Proof, and the first two Pete Rock & CL Smooth albums, I began thinking of Pete Rock-produced acts. This led me to reminisce about InI and their only album, Center of Attention. "Fakin' Jax" was perhaps the best beat to have come out in 1995, and the only folks I knew who had copies of it were DJ's. I was hard pressed to find an album, and when I finally did, in 2003, it was heavenly. Rob-O and Grap Luva, Pete's brother, had completed an insurmountable task: producing an album that was banging from start to finish. The album's namesake track, "Center of Attention" features a beautifully looped jazz piano sample and is one of the best on the album besides the single "Fakin Jax." Despite InI fading into obscurity after getting caught up in record label mismanagement, Grap Luva went on to produce underground fave J-Live. For all you former backpackers, raise up your backpacks and your headphones. This one's for you. 

InI: "Fakin Jax"

InI: "Center of Attention"

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