Knx’s instrumental sets the tone for the track with layers of angelic samples paired beautifully with hard-hitting percussion. It’s Boom bap with a truly soulful tinge, and Big Twins’s raspy vocals complement the beat perfectly. He pays homage to the passing of his fraternal twin, Twin Scarface with thoughtful, gripping rhymes about losing his best friend and finally gaining the strength to live on.
Fellow Queensbridge heavyweight Havoc shares a similar story in his bars as he, too, sadly lost his own brother, Killa Black. Like Big Twins, Hav raps about pulling through the pain and continuing on with his life in spite of it all, and it’s hard not to get choked up when he refers to his late Mobb Deep partner, Prodigy, who passed away in June 2017: “I know you there with P and you just lightin’ up / Up there in the heavens with your eye on us.”
“Memories” is the second single taken from Twin’s upcoming Grimey Life LP, which is available now for pre-order and set to drop next Friday, November 16 through the emcee’s own imprint, Drumset Music Works via EMPIRE. In addition to Havoc, the 15-track LP includes guest features from the late Prodigy, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, along with Twins’ Infamous Mobb cohorts Godfather Pt. 3 and Ty Nitty, among others, and boasts production from The Alchemist, Twiz the Beat Pro, Beatnik Dee, DJ Wool, and of course Knxwledge, among others. CD and vinyl will be available as well in limited quantities.