For the past several years, Hit-Boy’s prodigies Price Tag and Oktane have been living up to their clever moniker Audio Push by pushing their elaborate music like it was the most potent dope on Earth. Since they made their debut teaching us how to “jerk” back in 2009, Audio Push has dominated the West Coast’s college rap scene with songs about their authentic tales of parties, girls, and puffing on some good weed. The Cali natives continue to provide the perfect soundtrack for the young, 20-somethings that are just trying to have a great time on their new mixtape The Good Vibe Tribe.
Although the mixtape dropped on 4/20, the 14-track project executively produced by Hit-Boy is more than a collection of stoner jams that serve as the background music for nocturnal shenanigans by the shoreline. It’s a glimpse into Pricetag and Oktane’s ideal night out by the beach with some shorties, marijuana galore and ciphers with their squad. Each song illustrates a different aspect of hip-hip that has influenced their weekly party regiment. The turn up begins with the introductory track “Ask Me” and continues with a fast-paced tempo that naturally occurs to them like in the Dot Da Genius creation “Normally.”
They love to turn up, but it’s evident that the HS87 duo don’t always stick to the twerkable instrumentals. You would think a song like “Jumpin'” would be the average energetic club hit, yet in reality it’s a mature rendition of House of Pain’s most memorable single. On the other side of the fire pit, mellow, relaxed vibes ooze from the G-Eazy assisted “Bonfire,” which channels the vintage sounds of A Tribe Called Quest.
Their influences continue to be obvious in their collaboration with OG Maco “Heavy,” which should earn them a gold medal for sampling. Audio Push along with producers Ducko McFli & Hazebanga took The Fugees’ classic “Fu-Gee-La” as well as a familiar line from Ice Cube’s Friday and turned it into a new trap-like anthem for their soldiers like Fat Trel, Vince Staples, Casey Veggies and the rest of the squad who appear on the tape.
Audio Push basically gave us a personal invite to a party they’ve been going to for years. Instead of trying to impress us with the glamorous lifestyles of the rich and the famous, Oktane and Price Tag offer us the “Peace Pipe” and initiate us into their Good Vibe Tribe.