Shawn Wayne's The Wayne Event: A Classic Hip-Hop Revival

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Palm Beach-based beat maker Shawn Wayne flies his boom-bap colors high and proud on his solo debut, The Wayne Event, released recently on FootWork4Self. Cut from a cloth of men who like their samples soulful, their drums gritty, and their beats between 85 and 95 beats per minute, Wayne's 15-track collection is like a warm embrace from an old friend. And a much-needed hug for many -- where once we were beating back golden-era nostalgia with a Louisville Slugger, 2011 has been a tough year for the classically trained hip-hop head. While rap purists stand around and scratch their heads at the popularity of underground artists like Das Racist, Lil B, and Odd Future, The Wayne Event gives them something familiar and sorely missed to come home to.

The album opens with its biggest gun drawn, a driving cypher-style track titled "Kickin' Raps" featuring up-and-comer Shod Supreme and Rhymesayers cofounder Sab the Artist. Things carry on strong with solid, sample-chopped head-nodders featuring guest spots from Benchwarmers Clique affiliate and Leftoverz member Kylla Bus, Colorado husband-and-wife duo the ReMINDers, and the Shawn Wayne Songwriters Contest winner Flash McClane.

At midpoint, we find fellow FootWork4Self artists Jabrjaw and DJ Dee Dubbs on "No Shame" -- rapping and scratching with the fury of many men, they provide what is perhaps the most appropriate accompaniment to a Shawn Wayne beat on the record. More help from South Florida favs comes in the form of LOX the Rippa's party-rocking "Get Up, Get Down" and the dark jazz of PFM and Iron Ora's "Mirror Image." Another visit from Jabs and Dubbs on a Wayne remix of the high-energy, FW4S classic "Funk Keeps Banging" and we're at the last official track on the album.

The last two cuts, Alaskan spitter Odyssey's "Due Time" and Minnesota rapper Knox's "Say That," appear as bonus tracks for some reason -- if I were to take a stab, I would say they were submitted late. And if such is the case, it was worth the wait, as Knox turns in what's easily the best lyrical performance on the record over a tough battle-hymn banger to close it out strong.  

Stream The Wayne Event in its entirety below, or click the Bandcamp link and download the album for free. 

New Times on Facebook | County Grind on

Facebook | Twitter | e-mail us |

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.