OAK SPRING ANTHEM: BLACK UHURU “PUSH PUSH” / SHABAZZ PALACES “GUNBEAT FALLS”

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From a 1970s Kingston-based reggae trio to one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop outings of the past decade, today we’re bringing two OAK Spring Anthems, to make up for us being out of the office on Memorial Day. First up is “Push Push” by Black Uhuru, from their 1980 album Sinsemilla. While the song’s subject matter takes on a more serious tone, the groove of the bass on the track and its reggae beat can always lift our spirits on a wet, rainy day like today.

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Today’s second OAK Spring Anthem comes to us from Shabazz Palaces, the heralded hip-hop duo from Seattle. While their track “Gunbeat Falls” couldn’t sound much more different from “Push Push”, like Black Uhuru with reggae, Shabazz Palaces knows how to bring it when it comes to their genre. While we’re still waiting for a proper follow-up to their 2011 album Black Up, we can learn to be patient if it means they’ll be giving it to us like they do on “Gunbeat Falls.”

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