Which started as tribute to one of the greatest instrumental hip-hop albums slowly evolved in a devastating breakup record:
Stepbacks & Setbacks shows Thijsenterprise (Reinier Thijs) his love for old school hip-hop with soul and jazz samples, dusty breaks and raw chops. Started in 2015 in Barcelona, the A-side is inspired by the city and dedicated to Dilla's Donuts, while the B-side deals with much more personal issues: cheating, heartbreak and solitude. This second part was made in Amsterdam during darker days, in the first half of 2017.
Stepbacks & Setbacks is Thijsenterprise first album as a solo artist, after releasing Je Hebt De Boem En De Klap with the 2-Two Legged Dogs (2-twoleggeddogs.com) earlier in 2018.
This album is in many ways more than just a beat tape.
Released September 17, 2018 via Thijsenterprise