Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve LP
Injury Reserve, a rap trio from Phoenix, AZ who recorded their debut mixtape in a dentist's office (and titled it Live from the Dentist Office), have had an interesting journey from the suburbs to a coveted "A Minus" from Robert Christgau, the "Dean of American rock critics," in his column for Noisey. From playing house shows to being played on Beats 1 Radio by Ebro. How did it all happen? What makes producer Parker Corey and rappers Stepa J. Groggs and Ritchie With a T special?
For Complex, it's their boundary-pushing, "DIY weirdness." For Billboard, their fashion sense and fearless honesty. Pigeons and Planes admires their group dynamic, calling them "one of the best new groups in hip-hop," while Mass Appeal nods to their cinematic vision. Anthony Fantano's interest in their ability to balance tradition with innovation is well-documented on the Needle Drop, where he published 8/10 reviews of Live from the Dentist Office and 2016's Floss. The latter, a major breakthrough for the group with features from Cakes da Killa and Vic Mensa, is energetic, refined, and in Christgau's words, "the most unpretentious hip-hop you ever heard."
Introduced by the two fiery singles, "Jawbreaker" feat. Rico Nasty and "Jailbreak The Tesla" feat. Aminé, Injury Reserve offers up their hotly anticipated eponymous debut album on Loma Vista.