What do you get when you combine a producer from Holland with an emcee from Houston? The answer is Nicolay & Kay, one of the hottest hip-hop collaborations this side of DJ Premier and Guru. Nic and Kay understand each other and, more importantly, they understand music with all of its intricacies and nuances. This can clearly be heard on their brand new release, Time:Line.
You know how some albums have to grow on you and take time to make their way into heavy rotation? That’s not the case with Time:Line. This is a disc that you’ll want to bump from beginning to end then take it from the top again just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
I spoke with Nicolay & Kay yesterday on the official U.S. release date of Time:Line, the inaugural drop on the Nicolay Music imprint. From their Okayplayer days to now, Nicolay & Kay shared with me how their association started, talked in-depth about the album’s concept and the hip-hop scenes in their respective hometowns, touched on everyone from Quincy Jones to Soulja Boy, and even gave me a scoop or two on some upcoming projects. (Hint: It involves more brilliant music.)
*Music from Time:Line played during interview: “As the Wheel Turns” and “Tight Eyes.