In this exclusive video interview conducted in Brooklyn New York, May 2016, Jigmastas (DJ Spinna & rapper Kriminul) talk about their music and friendship, as well as addressing the current state of hip hop.
Following closely behind last year’s expanded reissue of 2000’s ‘Grassroots‘, the pair present ‘Resurgence’, a long awaited album of previously unreleased material. Comprising tracks created between 2003 and the present day, ‘Resurgence’ represents the duo’s musical growth during a period where most of us assumed the Jigmastas project was on hold. From start to finish, ‘Resurgence’ is brimming over with soul thanks to Spinna’s distinctively languid boom-bap productions.
Rapper Kriminul is on fine form with his clever and witty brand of storytelling, which still stays close to the streets whilst keeping the subject matter varied and eclectic. Storming guest appearances come from Shabaam Saadique and Old World Disorder (Skam, Shadowman Boogie), both familiar names to Jigmastas fans.
With the announcement of another brand new album ‘Stellar’ coming later in 2016, ‘Resurgence’ is a perfect opportunity to bring yourself up to speed with Jigmastas, just as they prepare to reclaim their rightful place at hip hop’s top table.