Injury Reserve: 5 Albums That Changed Our Lives

Injury Reserve: 5 Albums That Changed Our Lives

After making their formal debut with 2015′s Live from the Dentist Office and 2016′s Floss, Phoenix, Arizona-based hip-hop trio Injury Reserve (made up of rappers Stepa J. Groggs, Ritchie with a T and producer Parker Corey) return with Drive It Like It’s Stolen, out September 29.

The experimental rap set shows the former dorm room show headliners hitting different points on the emotional spectrum, from the pensive yet mellow lead single “North Pole” to the HIIT-ready cut “See You Sweat” and gritty banger “Boom (X3).” They also ponder race relations on the politically tinged “Colors.”

Below, the group name-checks the projects that rocked their world, including a two-time salute to Kanye West.

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Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Came out and had an immediate impact on all of us. On one hand, it broke a bunch of barriers about masculinity, and on the other, it’s just one of the best albums ever made. It left such an impact on us that years later we ended up working with Jeff Ellis [engineer from Channel Orange] for the mixing on our last EP Floss and our new one Drive It Like It’s Stolen.

Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

It’s the greatest album of all time.

Kanye, West, College Dropout

It was the introduction of Kanye West! And a new era of rap that showed us how to walk, talk and act.

Little Brother, The Minstrel Show

Regular ass n*ggas rapping. Showed us you could be yourself and didn’t have to put on a front to fit in with the rap stereotype.

50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Hits on Hits on Hits and Hooks on Hooks on Hooks

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