Take It Back: 80 Empire enlists KXNG Crooked, RX & Nicole Monea for new tribute to ’93

Our Song of the Day is the latest release from Canadian group and production team 80 Empire.

“Take It Back,” a dedication to the iconic hip-hop music that was released in 1993, features West Coast legend KXNG Crooked (aka Crooked I), as well as longtime 80 Empire friends and collaborators, RX and Nicole Monea.

“Growing up we were heavily influenced by Funk music and the West Coast hip-hop sound, so we thought it only fitting to get some of our favorite MCs from the West on this joint,” explains Lucas (Sir Digital) Rezza of 80 Empire.


Glace Conway, KXNG Crooked and RX

Glace Conway, KXNG Crooked & RX (Photo: Facebook)

Luke and Adrian Rezza spent most of their teenage years going to Homestead, Florida which is just 35 minutes south of Miami. The brothers recall the excitement they felt every time they walked into Spec’s music on US 1 and Campbell drive, buying a boat load of cassette tapes and singles, later graduating to CDs.

“There was a euphoric feeling of touching the music you bought, they had headphones in Specs so you could listen to music right in the shop, looking at the art work and physically rummaging through aisles to find hidden gems, this made us feel mad inspired and free,” Adrian claims.

“One of the last memories we have of Specs before they closed down entirely was in the late 90s.”

The brothers recall buying a KING magazine. Leila Arcieri was on the cover and there was at least a five page article dedicated to the new Deathrow Records, which included a page on Crooked I. So this song is a full circle, nostalgic surge of West Coast ride music that will make you feel like cruising the strip and melancholy all at the same time. So slap on your LA Kings starter cap, lace up your Chucks, and get ready for another auditory treat from the brothers at 80 Empire.

“Take It Back” is available for streaming on various digital outlets including Apple Music, Spotify, and TIDAL.

80 Empire pays tribute to 1993 hip-hop with new single feautring KXNG Crooked, RX and Nicole Monea

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