Injury Reserve are a rap trio from Arizona. They mission is to make make experimental hip hop more accessible. This self-titled album is their debut although they’ve been together for 6 years. It follows two critically successful mixtapes - Live From The Dentist’s Office (2015) and Floss (2016). LP and Cd on Loma Vista.

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Injury Reserve by Injury Reserve
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8/10 Tommy WM 24 June 2019

Injury Reserve are a three-piece hip hop group who were formed in Arizona in 2011. Their self-titled debut album follows several acclaimed releases such as their second mixtape ‘Floss’.

On the first two tracks the group’s sound comes across as a combination of the more left-field acts who’ve emerged from the pop-rap stratosphere (Tyler, the Creator, Brockhampton), though the next few tunes completely undermine this sound with contrasting clatters of industrial hip hop and Soundcloud trap. These sounds have seeped into the mainstream over the past decade or so, and celebrated aggro-MC JPEGMAFIA’s series of guest verses on ‘GTFU’ only furthers this trend. Following the brilliant trap rap banger ‘Jailbreak the Tesla’, the group break from the heaviness momentarily to provide some humour on the springy, Latin influenced track ‘Gravy ‘n’ Biscuits’ and the light-hearted how-to guide ‘Rap Song Tutorial’.

‘Wax On’ keeps the momentum rolling with its insanely beguiling hook and guest verse from rap superstar Freddie Gibbs, a sure-fired crowd pleaser and album highlight. It’s followed by the reflective, slow-building ‘What A Year It’s Been’, making for a potent double-punch of tracks if there ever was one. The final three tracks see the album out on a pleasant melodic note, though they feel a tad underwhelming compared to the weightier middle section.

Injury Reserve is a pastiche of underground hip hop, left-of-centre pop, trap and industrial rap. Its appeal is wide ranging, making for one of the most diverse song cycles of hip hop in recent memory. Often, it plays more like a mixtape than a fully-fledged album, but it’s the young collective’s debut so future releases are more than likely to offer an improved flow.




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