These guys got my attention the moment that smooth Musiq Soulchild’s Just Friends sample kicked in on the first track of their eight-track compilation NVR. One can NEVER go wrong with Soulchild.
20NVR is the name of the Maryland crew that consists of high school homies Kassim, Baptizeee, Hasani, Fayson, and D. Keyz. A squad of twenty-something talented artists that seem to have a whole lot of fun together. What makes this posse different is that despite its five members, the sound is in perfect harmony. Often with crews, the tracks can become chaotic – too much, too fast. 20NVR knows how to balance and blend in all of that overwhelming talent into one coherent sound.
The lyrics are catchy and creative, the beats 420-worthy and laidback. It has hints of Outkast, soul, boom-bap, R&B, and effortlessly flows from head-nodding beats to dreamy ballads, as heard on the second last track Navy Blue. 20NVR finishes with the feel-good track Matching, a perfect ending that leaves you craving for more.