For The Future of Hip Hop is the hot title track and first single from the forthcoming full-length album written and produced by multi-instrumentalist producer Bryan Ford along with hip-hop collaborators Killah Priestof Wu-tang Clan fame, Pugs Atomz,and Awdazcate.
Killah Priest lays down the first verse in classic KP style, alluding to his other-worldly origins and calling out hip-hop’s connection to the Wu-tang Clan. He also drops the hook, “For the Future of Hip Hop, respect due.” During the breakdown, Awdazcate, a Chicago hip hop luminary, repeats a Chicago mantra, “Cold in the city, hot in the blocks,” before Pugs Atomz bursts onto the second verse, picking up where KP left off, referencing spacetime travel and radioactive flows. The underlying music by Bryan Ford is bold, edgy, and futureforward, drawing comparisons to the production styles of RJD2 and EL-P of Run the Jewels.
Bryan Ford is a multigenre virtuoso on guitar, bass, keys, and drums who is a long time fan of underground hip hop whose productions have been charted by Billboard and licensed by Universal Music. He has released a number of critically acclaimed hip hop influenced instrumental EPs and singles. Unlike many of his peers, he plays each part of his music rather than relying solely on samples. His musical prowess attracted hip-hop veteran Killah Priest to this project as well as Chicago’s Pugs Atomz, who gained underground fame from his forward thinking collaborations with Ninja Tunes’ DJ Vadim.
In one quote from Bryan Ford, For the Future of Hip Hopcan be summed up as “future leaning musicality meets true hip hop lyricism.”