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NYC’s favorite artist-producer and sample god, Cash Cobain, brought in the New Year with the release of his new project, ‘Slizzy Timing’ - a 14 track showcase of his distinct, forward-thinking, and quietly influential style defined by its expertly incorporated soulful samples, punchy drill-inspired drums, and its unorthodox and extremely catchy flows delivered with a healthy dose of New York City swagger… as well as the frequent reminder that “This beat from Cash not from YouTube”.
Cash Cobain (affectionately referred to as “Slizzy”) has outdone himself yet again, with little notice dropping off his new project at midnight on New Year’s Eve - officially declaring “Slizzy timing” for all of 2022. The project is largely self-produced - with assists from Natt Carlos and T Blossom x EP Ondabeat x Pvyso - and unapologetically committed to the very particular drum patterns and sample-based production that Cobain and company are helping to bring to the forefront. Always one to put his boys on, Cash is also joined by features from Baby Wick, 2219, and Bay Swag - not to mention three separate verses from the incredibly talented Chow Lee who’s been making waves with his own take on the groovy, sample drill sound.
‘Slizzy Timing’ does an excellent job of bringing you into the world of Cash Cobain, rather than creating moments here and there, his strongly defined style creates a cohesive vibe that - once you’ve acquired a taste for it - could really make you forget any other type of music exists. If one had to pick some standout moments though, it would probably be the uncannily catchy guitar-led opener, “Down”, the flipped Meg Thee Stallion sample on “She Know”, the Wunna-inspired “Wunna” feat. Bay Swag, or the Chow Lee assisted “2 Slizzy 2 Sexy”. However, to fully appreciate the vision the project should really be listened to from top to bottom to get the full effect.
The Bronx’s Cash Cobain has quietly become one of the most influential new acts in New York and a pioneer of the soulful, sample drill wave that we’ve already seen incorporated into the Bronx drill sound - and will continue to see incorporated and innovated on in new ways as the incredibly compelling style further catches on. Despite some decidedly savage punchlines, on the whole Cobain’s fresh and unquestionably New York style is refreshingly playful against the backdrop of increasingly dark music that’s been dominating the NYC sound.
In 2021, Cash dropped the featured-filled project, ‘Nirvana’ - packed with nothing but brilliantly executed sample-driven tracks like “Alone”, “Nightmare”, “Keep That Same Energy”, and “Body Party” feat. Chow Lee - not to mention the wildly catchy lead single “Boi”, the video for which contains a very notable cameo from DaBaby during the height of his 2021 controversy. He followed that with “What It Mean”, the closest thing to a theme song that serves as an excellent starting point to introduce a new listener to the blossoming genre that is Cash Cobain.
Proving himself to be a dangerous, forward-thinking double threat of tomorrow, Cash also had a big year on the production side of things, proliferating his hyper-specific style around NYC and far beyond as the mastermind behind big songs like B-Lovee’s viral Mary J Blige flip “My Everything” (and its two remixes featuring G Herbo and A Boogiewith a combined total of 8M+ Spotify streams), Lucki’s “Stop the Act”, countless tracks from Shawny Binladen and company, and not one but two huge moments with Lil Yachty - the nostalgic Ne-Yo flip “Lexy Sove”, a clear standout off Boat’s ‘Birthday Mix 6’, as well as the unorthodox and hugely viral straight-to-YouTube single, “Cortex” with over 7M views to date. To top off the year, we also heard Not-from-YouTube production on LouGotCash’s “Poppin” and King Combs’ nostalgia-inducing “A Dream” featuring a Slizzy-sampling of DeBarge’s 80s classic of the same name.
Overall, Cash Cobain is a serious force to be reckoned with both in the booth and behind the boards - receiving high marks for originality and creativity at every possible turn. From the looks of it, the NYE release of ‘Slizzy Timing’ is just the start of another big year for Cash Cobain - and it will be exciting to watch as he takes his hugely compelling sound to new heights.
Check out the brand-new project, ‘Slizzy Timing’ below - and if you haven’t yet, do yourself a favor and get familiar with Cash Cobain.