3Bubble & J.Gray – “No Lie”


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Houston-based hip-hop/pop duo 3Bubble (Cleon Solomon III) and J.Gray (Justin Andrew Gray) craft a familiarly inviting sound on new single “No Lie”, led by a beat that features lush backing strings, a playfully romantic bass line, and choir-like vocal sample effects. The sound sticks to more what Outkast was struttin’ in the ’90s, as opposed to later bubblegum hip-pop iterations; this duo’s sound is dripping with mood, but still leaves enough space for some impressive verses and a catchy “no lie, I’m on fire / you can’t put me out,” hook. This is a smooth effort that shows a capable duo commendably fond of spacious-sounding hip-hop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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