Shane Eli’s latest effort. When We Were Kings finds the L.A. rapper/producer drawing on the tradition of luminaries from Pac and Hova to Muhammad Ali and Geoffrey Canada (who appear in sampled interviews, adorned with authentic cuts by DJ Critical Hype). Delivered over a self-produced, chopped-sample instrumental, Eli lyrically launches a bitter (but constructive) attack against the status quo: “Free market business got the most packed prisons, torn down systems two teachers to a district, and the kids can’t read ‘cause their textbooks are missing.”
“When We Were Kings” is the third official release from Shane Eli’s upcoming album, “I Can Do Better”, hosted by DJ Skee and dropping via DJBooth in March. Guests set to appear on the album include Laws, Smoke DZA, El Prez, Playboy Tre, Rittz, Aleon Craft, Ahmad and more.