He is from West Jacksonville, Florida. He is a DOPE MC! I have been meaning to feature him for a minute, but I’ve been so sick and out of commission. So, tonight’s the night!
Tonight is also the beginning of Season 3 of Crystallized Beats Underground podcast and I will be introducing a new segment and a new cohost! So, definitely check that out.
So, Tough Junkie is kinda the man. Really. He’s found his sound and he’s sticking to it. He says that his plan is to make it big and then help restore Jacksonville. Which is pretty awesome.
He has proven to be great with collabs. I have heard a couple and the chemistry has been on point. He actually did a collab with fellow Jacksonville resident Pony Xodus.
Tough Junkie – The Music
Tough Junkie is an anomaly in the world of Florida Hip hop. He has a hard sound but it’s not Florida. None of the dirty south sound. He tends to sample oldies classics and the samples are SO amazing. His style is so versatile. He can flow fast and hard and have it make sense completely with the beat or he can slow down and make a beautiful Hip hop track. Like in “Rubber Eraser” below:
Then, there’s “Tron” with the Futurama sample and the Tron noises. I mean making a Hip hop track make sense and not sound ridiculous with those samples is a gift! The man is a genius!
My personal favorite though? “Monkey Paw”. If you know me, you know I’m a die hard WuTang fan. And, I would be quick to tear someone to pieces if they sounded like the $ store version of WU. But, this song is INCREDIBLE! The beat is so deep and hard and his flow is tough.
So, there ya have it. Tough Junkie blowing me and probably you away. His future is looking GOOD!
GO LISTEN TO HIS INTERVIEW ON CRYSTALLIZED BEATS BELOW:
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