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People of Today

by The 1978ers (yU & Slimkat)

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Music is an exchange of ideas. This album is something for those exhausted with the shuck and jive of pop culture, who believe in the purification rituals offered by hard snares, funky drum kicks, soul-coughing bass, and deeply rooted vibrations.

Steadfastly infusing their songs with spirituality and positivity, yU and Slimkat are everymen with preternatural talent. Over the years, they’ve tirelessly built a rep in the DMV, collaborating on yU’s The Earn and Before Taxes, which OkayPlayer called “one of the best hip-hop albums released in the last few years.” In 2009, yU released In the Ruff as the philosophical heart of super-group Diamond District, a record hailed by MTV as “arguably the best hip-hop ever released in D.C.”

Slimkat supplies the beats that make the blood rush to your head. Named one of the best producers of 2010 by KevinNottingham.com, he’s dished countless production dimes to the likes of Muhsinah, Eric Roberson, Diamond District, and more.

The People of Today is a seamless and head-spinning record. It’s hard-boiled beats and raps laced with wisdom and virtue. The sort of record that you can sit with today and tomorrow, and any time you need to be reminded that we’re all in this together.

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released November 11, 2014

All tracks produced by Slimkat78
except 01, 13, & 14 by Slimkat78 & yU, 15 produced by yU, 16, 17, & 18 produced by Slimkat78 & Aaron Harding
Mixed & Arranged by yU & Slimkat78
Mastered by Yamin Semali
All vocals by yU, except where noted
vocals by Bilal Salaam - 02, 18
vocals by B.Jamelle - 11, 17
vocals by Kima Aldridge - 09, 12, 16

keys by Andrew (Drewkid) Flores - 01, 02, 17
keys by Lorenzo (Zo!) Ferguson - 09
keys by Aaron Hardin 16, 17, 18
violin by Vaughn Octavia - 01
trumpet by Andrew Velez & trombone by Ben Malick - 04, 07, 14
percussion by Jabari Exum - 01, 16

Cover photo by Jati Lindsay.
All other photography by Antoine Lyers

Executive Produced by Michael Tolle
Mello Music Group Copyright 2014

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Track Name: One-Nine-7-T-8
I mean personally.. speaking on behalf of Slimkat & myself.. We were born in one-nine-7-8/ We were born in one-nine-7-8

As long as I respect yo sh*t & you respect mine.. Given, we can make a living when the rhythm is right, Slim & y - two brovas born in 1-9-seventy-8

1st verse

This is what I envision listen tracks, Zak he had a knack for dat since way back.. When he would tap on the MS-1 and
Now look what a brova done become wit time
Rhythm in his mind.. Most times he be quiet
All them records he acquired thru collecting them sounds
The vibrations, from the drum be ground shaking
My mans hands, dance on the pads, stamping jam after jam
Before Taxes was a plan, that me & him 1st had
Our first copies written with a sharpy, hoping folks'd listen probly when it was just a hobby
and he saved it on a floppy disc
Rare records redefined, gritty groove choppy sh•t
Spinning been inventive since beginning Slim's styling is a talent
Dat's an ocean of growth, they just a gallon
To measure cleverness u gotta use the right ruler
Mike ain't about the hype, but my man is quite cooler
then you or ur folks, beats get broke
He leak dope & if u seeking dat unique thru the speakers he spoke, it go

Hook

We in this crooked ass world where they make u walk a straight line
Pressure makes u think about the other side sometimes
And we be just two brovas born in one-nine-7-t-8

As long as I respect yo sh*t & you respect mine
Then given, we can make a living if the rhythm is right
Slim & y, two brovas born in
one-nine-7-t-8

2nd Verse

And it goes like this, me & my man.. 100 Grand
I'm on the mic while Slim'll be tapping on them pads
& we do gets down
u best believe
This is the team. Greed is supreme but we don't that intervene so whut up, me & my brova
From anova motha
Come from the gut wit this stuff cuz when we were younger
We wasn't the type to brag
Stayed on our craft
1-9-7-8'll be the year that all of this here began, tell em one mo gin..

Hook

We in this crooked ass world where they make u walk a straight line
Pressure makes u think about the other side sometimes
And we be just two brovas born in one-nine-7-t-8

As long as I respect yo sh*t & you respect mine
Then given, we can make a living if the rhythm is right
Slim & y, two brovas born in
one-nine-7-t-8