Injury Reserve


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Injury Reserve (2019), 6.5/10
By the Time I Get to Phoenix (2021), 6/10
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Arizona's Injury Reserve, a hip-hop trio formed by rappers Stepa (Jordan Groggs), Ritchie with a T (Nathaniel Ritchie) and producer Parker Corey, debuted with mixtapes like Live from the Dentist Office (2015), sprinkled with jazzy overtones, and Floss (2016), that contains Oh Shit.

They refined their formula on the seven-song EP Drive It Like It's Stolen (2017), notably in Colors, Boom (X3) and North Pole.

Their first album, Injury Reserve (2019), provides abrasive and glitchy jazz-rap arrangements to powerful and often depressed rants like Jawbreaker, Jailbreak the Tesla, Best Spot in the House, What a Year it's Been, Wax On, and especially Three Man Weave. Their labyrinthine and glitchy productions mixed rap, rock, soul, techno, industrial.

By the Time I Get to Phoenix (2021), whose title comes from Jimmy Webb's By the Time I Get to Phoenix (remixed by them as Superman That) contains Outside, Wild Wild West , Smoke Don't Clear, SS San Francisco, Bye Storm (over a Brian Eno sample). They reimagine the soul ballad as Knees.

Jordan Groggs died in 2020.

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