YAGGFU Front was a trio in the early 90s that repped North Carolina WAY before Little Brother picked up the mic. They dropped the "Looking For A Contract/Slappin' Suckers Silly" 12" and followed it up with the slept on classic, "Action Packed Adventures" on Mercury Records. It being the early 90s and the glut of dope hip hop that was coming out at the time, PLUS the lack of label support, YAGGFU got lost in the shuffle for a lot of cats. They were a group that had a Pharcyde/De La vibe that kept it serious, but also knew to have fun without coming across like a joke.
Time passed, Mercury Records disolved and after their debut LP almost nothing was heard from the crew. Around 2002 a project called "The Secret Tapes" was released and that sounded like a mixture of cuts left from "Action Packed Adventures" and newer tracks. But after the release of "The Secret Tapes" almost nothing was heard from Spin, Jingle and Damage.
So here we are. It's 2011 and J Bels Roxwell aka Jingle has been putting together a project/EP. The lead single is "Things Hoped For" and it's produced by none other than the prolific Moka Only. Jingle hasn't lost a step and in many ways sounds as hungry and on point as ever. He now seems to have a sense of maturity, focus and "Grown Ass Manism" that he didn't have before. And although tracks from their debut were rich in content, Jingle has aged like fine wine as he sets it off talking to Spin & Damage." It doesn't hurt that Moka's production is able to keep Jingle relevant but still draw from what made YAGGFU Front so dope back in 94.
I'm honestly amped to hear the rest of this project.
Things Hoped For Produced by MOKA ONLY by J Bels Roxwell of YAGGFU