Back in 2012, Diplo and New Orleans native Nicky Da B, shook the world’s dance culture with their collaboration on, “Express Yourself.” Even though the concept of twerking and the music surrounding it had existed for years, it had never reached a mainstream audience until this moment. Today marks the one year anniversary of the late passing of this New Orleans bounce superstar and to commemorate it, Philadelphia based G-Buck has released what may be Nicky’s final production, “Ride the Bike.”
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When I had originally heard Fly Boi Keno on Jack U’s, “Beats Knockin,” I immediately thought, “holy crap, is this who I think it is?” only to be proved wrong moments later. It’s when Nicky and Keno are on the same track (Ride the Bike) that you’re able to hear where they both complement each other’s similarities and differences.
When asked about pairing the two, G-Buck told Thump, “He is he perfect follow-up punch to Nicky. It was like poetry how everything fit together.”
The release makes sense coming from G-Buck, who’s been climbing through the ranks as one of the strongest up and coming acts of 2015, with releases through Mad Decent, Nest HQ and being featured on 3 Skrillex Selects playlists.
The chemistry between Nicky and Keno’s sounds is a feels machine that makes you reflect on what this humble artist had accomplished in his time and what could’ve been. Without his voice on “Express Yourself” I don’t think Mad Decent would have came up nearly as quickly as it did and “Ride the Bike” is the perfect way for us to say our
final goodbyes. #RIPNickyDaB