Unless you weren’t born yet, who doesn’t remember the 80s? It was the decade responsible for trends such as leg warmers, the Rubiks Cube, and the TV show “Miami Vice”. Cali-based emcee CookBook, of the southland collective LA Symphony, loves the 80s too, and is showing how much he loves it with the leak of a track about 80s teen sensation, Molly Ringwald.
The rapper, who is preparing an album dedicated in its entirety to the 80s, says Molly was one of his faves as a kid.
“Molly Ringwald was one of my favorite actresses of that time period,” says CookBook, “so I wanted to make a song about her.”
The track is the off his forthcoming album, I Love the 80s, where he weaves movie references, synthesizers, techno dance sounds — all the greatest elements of the 80s — to create a celebration of a time known for aerobics and “The Breakfast Club.”
“The truth is, I’m a total 80s pop music fanatic,” explains CookBook of how the concept came to him. “I had made a beat with an 80s sample about a year before I actually decided to make an album like this, and then I made one more and I just had them in my catalogue. I was listening to them one day, and I just thought it would be a dope idea if I were to do a whole album with these types of beats.”
From there, I Love the 80s was born, a 17-track ode to one of the brightest eras in fashion, music, and TV, all of which are referenced. Tracks like “Andre The Giant,” “Growing Pains”, and “Vision Street Wear” all keep in the project’s them.
It is slated to hit stores June 23.
Most people know CookBook as a member of the super rap collective LA Symphony, which formed when the group members met at L.A.’s legendary Project Blowed event in the 90s. In 1999, the group’s critically acclaimed debut album, Composition No. 1, thrust them into the national spotlight. Since then, they’ve released five full-lengths, and two EPs. The last being Unleashed in 2007.