Today on Twitter, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, released the official video for his track “Ninety Nine Cent Dreams,” which he mentioned features Big Daddy Kane. When I saw his Tweet, the potential genre-blurring caught my attention. Reed is known for his soul influences. Big Daddy Kane has been representing the East Coast rap scene since the late 1980s. What would a collaboration from these two sound like?
Now certainly, this is not the first time soul and rap have crossed paths, but this song isn’t the typical slow jam, mid-album filler that Kanye West (with Twista and Jamie Foxx) parody on The College Dropout. Reed has written a perfect, nostalgic summertime tune. The video features kids taking a break from playing the original 8-bit Nintendo to gather coins for the ice cream truck (spoiler: Big Daddy Kane is the ice cream man). Continue reading “Eli “Paperboy” Reed feat. Big Daddy Kane”